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National Veteran Health Equity Report - FY13

National Veteran Health Equity Report FY 13 CoverThe National Veteran Health Equity Report details patterns and provides comparative rates of health conditions for vulnerable Veteran groups. Specifically, this report is designed to provide basic comparative information on the sociodemographics, utilization patterns and rates of diagnosed health conditions among the groups over which the VHA Office of Health Equity (OHE) has responsibility with respect to monitoring, evaluating and acting on identified disparities in access, use, care, quality and outcomes. The report allows the VA, Veterans, and stakeholders to monitor the care vulnerable Veterans receive and set goals for improving their care.

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Information Briefs

Access to Care Among Rural VeteransAccess to Care Among Rural Veterans

This information brief highlights data from the Office of Health Equity-QUERI Partnered Evaluation Center on the increased risk of suicide and chronic disease prevalence amongst rural Veterans. The Information Brief also highlights national partnership efforts that VA is engaged in to increased access to telehealth services for Veterans living in rural areas to help them overcome geographical barriers to accessing VA health care.

Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminars

Race/Ethnicity Data Collection in the Veterans Health AdministrationState of VHA Care for Vulnerable Veterans - January 26, 2017

Some vulnerable Veterans may experience disparities in health and healthcare outcomes. These 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 racial or ethnic group; gender; age; geography; religion; socio-economic status; sexual orientation; mental health; military era; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; and other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. The current roundtable discussion will feature subject matter experts who served as chapter leads for VA’s first ever National Veteran Health Equity Report. Panelists will explore the state of health and healthcare, trends, best and promising practices, and other pertinent health equity issues that should be considered for improving health for racial/ethnic, women, rural and other Veterans.

VA Research Publications

Health Disparities Evidence-based Synthesis Reviews

PubMed Search Results

Pubmed SearchPeer-reviewed literature on rural Veterans.
 Health Outcomes

Resources from VHA Office of Rural Health

Caring for Rural Veterans Caring for Rural Veterans (3 min)

Watch this video to learn the story behind the VHA Office of Rural Health and its mission to support the health and well-being of Veterans who live in rural communities – by removing barriers to care.

Rural Promising PracticesRural Promising Practices

The VHA Office of Rural Health has identified impactful models of care that increase access to care and services for Veterans and share knowledge among health care professionals serving rural Veterans. These proven models are being implemented nationwide and are known as Rural Promising Practices.


VA National Partners

The Office of Health Equity is committed to working closely with our VA colleagues to ensure that Veterans receive appropriate individualized health care in a way that eliminates disparate health outcomes and assures health equity. OHE's VA Partners include:

External Partners

The Office of Health Equity is committed to working closely with other government agencies and non-governmental organizations to ensure that Veterans receive appropriate individualized health care in a way that eliminates disparate health outcomes and assures health equity. OHE's External Partners include:
 Workforce Training

Office of Rural Health Trainings

VHA Providers Explore Unconscious Bias

VHA providers share their stories of creating awareness of unconscious bias within their clinical practice and how bias impacts us all. A bias is a tendency. Most biases are natural. However, biases can cause problems when we are not aware of them and we apply them inappropriately to our everyday choices, which can lead to discriminatory practices and result in poorer health outcomes and experiences for patients. The brief videos were created by the VA Office of Health Equity and Employee Education System in an effort to ensure all Veterans receive high quality and equitable healthcare. The videos were recorded April 2013.

Harvard Implicit Associations Test

The Implicit Association Test measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. This tool may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about.