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  VA Office of Health Equity, in partnership with the FDA Office of Minority Health, releases Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials video series for National Minority Health Month.
  Applying an Equity Lens Design for Veterans—Developed by VA Office of Health Equity—Selected for the Visualize Health Equity Project Sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine
  More options to download National Veteran Health Equity Report to your favorite device
  National Veteran Health Equity Report now available for downloading to your mobile device! Download the ePUB version today!
  Newly Released Paper from the OHE-QUERI Partnered Evaluation Center Finds Racial/Ethnic Disparities Persist in VHA Patient-Centered Medical Home: Washington DL, Steers WN, Huynh AK, Frayne SM, Uchendu US, Riopelle D, Yano EM, Saechao FS, Hoggatt KJ. (2017) Racial And Ethnic Disparities Persist At Veterans Health Administration Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Health Affairs, 36(6):1086-1094.
  New article published on Veteran health equity:  Sai K. Loganathan, Jennifer C. Hasche, Kevin T. Koenig, Samuel C. Haffer, Uchenna S. Uchendu. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Satisfaction with Care Coordination Among VA and non-VA Medicare Beneficiaries.  Health Equity. Apr 2017, 1(1): 50-60.
  OHE Chief Officer Delivers Keynote at VA Western New York Healthcare System's Inaugural Health Equity Day
  Video Available of OHE Chief Officer Presentation on Patient Centered Medical Home and Health Equity at the Defense Health Agency’s Military Health System Speaker Series
  MedEdPORTAL Highlights Virtual Patient Health Equity Training Modules Developed by VHA Office of Health Equity
  OHE Announces FY16 Achievements in Championing Health Equity
  August 2016 AJPH Editor Podcast mentions Office of Health Equity Led editorial, “Repeated Concussions: Time to Spur Action Among Vulnerable Veterans” (starting at 02.28 mark)
  Commission on Care Chairwoman, Nancy Schlichting, discusses Veteran health equity and the VA Health Equity Action Plan (05:30 mark)
  Commission on Care Final Report Calls for the Elimination of Health Disparities among Veterans
  AJPH editorial: Time to address brain trauma in vulnerable veterans
  OHE Chief Officer Discusses Hepatitis C Disparities among Veterans at the National Minority Quality Forum
  2015 OHE Accomplishments towards Achieving Health Equity for Veterans

OHE Chief Officer Discusses Health Equity Among Veterans with the Commission on Care

  "Hepatitis C: What You Need to Know" - The Rural Connection, Fall 2015
  AAMC Reporter November 2015: Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Equity Research Among Veterans Provides Unique Insights
  VA Launches Hepatitis C-Advanced Liver Disease Disparities Dashboard
  VHA Health Equity – Achieving the highest level of health for all
  Health Equity Presentation – Special Feature - National Rural Health Association Terry B. Reilly Memorial Keynote Address


Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminars

The VHA Office of Health Equity (OHE) in partnership with the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) launched the Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminars.  The Seminars will spotlight activities that promote the implementation of the VHA Health Equity Action Plan (HEAP), which is intended to:

  1. Catalyze, synergize, and coordinate VHA programs, projects, and initiatives to effectively identify, understand, seek and implement solutions to diminish and where possible eliminate health disparities;
  2. Demonstrate alignment with other federal partners working to achieve health equity;
  3. Bring focus to VHA efforts to provide a more equitable, individualized and patient-driven health care delivery system;
  4. Improve overall quality of care through equity in all policies and the achievement of health equity for all;
  5. Incorporate the innovative ideas and input of all users in order to encourage a bottom up approach while maintaining a strong connection to the overarching goals of the VA;
  6. Capitalize on the existing network of advocates and programs in both administrative and clinical realms to weave health equity dialogue and cultural attunement into training and other activities within and outside the health care system; and
  7. Serve as a guide and/or starting place that would remain a living document which is open to modification and adaptation to continuously meet the needs of the Veterans entrusted to the VHA.

Past sessions

02/22/2018 Pursuing Health Equity for Veterans with a Dedicated National Program Office—Five Years in Review
12/18/2017 Using Quality Improvement Projects to Demonstrate Health Equity in Action for Vulnerable Veterans
11/16/2017 Advancing Health Equity Through Partnered Evaluation and Action
10/26/2017 New Vietnam Veteran Studies on Health and Mortality
09/28/2017 Promoting Health Equity with the Virtual Medical Center
07/27/2017 Using Effective Communication of Healthcare Disparities and Vulnerabilities to Empower Professionals, Veterans and Stakeholders
06/29/2017 Chronic Health Conditions Among Vulnerable Veterans: Current Research and Action
04/27/2017 Military Service History and VA Benefit Utilization for Minority Veterans
03/30/2017 Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into VHA Patient Care and Electronic Medical Records
02/23/2017 Using Veterans’ Stories to Promote Health Equity and Reduce Disparities
01/26/2017 State of VHA Care for Vulnerable Veterans
10/27/2016 Release of the Inaugural VHA National Veteran Health Equity Report
06/30/2016     National Expert Panel Discussion on TBI & Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Morbidity & Mortality among Vulnerable Veterans
04/28/2016 Race/Ethnicity Data Collection in the Veterans Health Administration
03/24/2016 Using Data to Characterize Vulnerable Veteran Populations
02/25/2016 Treatment of HCV-ALD Among VHA Vulnerable Populations
01/21/2016 Findings from the VISN 4 Hypertension Racial Disparities Quality Improvement Project
11/19/2015 Office of Health Equity Hepatitis C Virus-Advanced Liver Disease Disparities Dashboard
04/27/2015 Disparities in Healthcare Quality Indicators among Adults with Mental Illness: A systematic review
09/24/2014 Partnership in Pursuit of Health Equity: Focus on Minority Veterans
03/05/2014 ACA-Health Equity/Disparities Connection
11/04/2013 VHA Office of Health Equity- What is it all about?