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Office of Health Equity

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The Office of Health Equity (OHE) shares data, tools, research, and other resources to help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities experienced by Veterans. OHE’s work is guided by a Health Equity Action Plan developed by the Health Equity Coalition. Resources are organized around products related to: Data, Awareness, Health Outcomes, Partnerships, and Workforce and Trainings.

A health disparity is a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles to health and/or a clean environment based on these:

  • Racial or ethnic group
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Geographic location
  • Religion
  • Socio-economic status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Mental health
  • Military era
  • Cognitive / sensory / physical disability
  • Other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion