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Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI)

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)


Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA)
 will conduct 55 virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) listening sessions for Veterans August-September 2021 in support of EO 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government.

VHA will execute listening sessions to gather feedback on:

•   Veterans’ experiences and perceptions related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    (DE&I) at VA healthcare facilities.

•   Ways Veterans feel they can be included.

•   Barriers to effective healthcare for diverse Veteran populations.

•   Unmet needs of diverse Veteran populations.

Site-specific virtual listening sessions

Each location will execute six (6) virtual sessions on the dates scheduled above. Each session will be approximately 60 minutes. All sessions will be held virtually as a WebEx Event. Advanced registration for individuals and groups is strongly encouraged. Individuals or groups who seek to speak should register by 72 hours before the start of each session but may register up to five minutes before the session. Target audiences are listed below and include Veterans, family members, caregivers, survivors, community leaders and partners, and other representatives who provide support to underserved communities.

<Link to Federal Register Notice>

Virtual listening sessions: (click to expand sections)

Monday August 16thTarget AudienceRegister
2:00 pm local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
4:00 pm local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
5:30 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
Tuesday August 17thTarget AudienceRegister
2:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
3:30 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
5:00 pm local time Roundtable with Community Partners Register

For more information please contact:
Angelo Dalmacio, Director of Public Affairs
4150 Clement Street, Bldg. 2, Ste. 300
San Francisco, CA 94121
Angelo.Dalmacio@va.gov
Office: (415) 750-2275 | Mobile: (415) 619-7894

Thursday, August 19thTarget AudienceRegister
9:00 am local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
10:30 am local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
12:00 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
1:30 pm local time Women Veterans Register
3:00 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
4:30 pm local time Community Partners Register

For more information, please contact:
Dedrick Waterford, Veteran Experience Coordinator
Dedrick.Waterford@va.gov
Office: (925) 372-2071 | Mobile: (925)791-0689

Mailing address:
VA Northern California Health Care System
Martinez Outpatient Clinic
150 Muir Rd, Martinez, CA 94553

Monday August 23rdTarget AudienceRegister
1:00 pm local time Local Rehearsal and Meet and Greet with Leadership and Program Managers Register
4:00 pm local time Racial and ethnic minorities Register
5:30 pm local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
7:00 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
Tuesday August 24thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
5:30 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
7:00 pm local time Roundtable with Community Partners Register

For more information, please contact:
Sybil Wyatt
Chief, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
sybil.wyatt@va.gov


Theresa DiMaggio
Health System Specialist Supervisor
theresa.dimaggio@va.gov


Phone Number: (816) 861-4700 extension 52627
Mailing address: 4801 Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64128

Thursday, August 26thTarget AudienceRegister
9:00 am local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
10:30 am local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
12:300 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
2:00 pm local time Rountable for Community Partners Register
4:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
5:30 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register

For more information, please contact:
Maureen Herd
Chief, Patient Experience Office
Maureen.Herd@va.gov
Office: (918) 577-4615 (Muskogee) or (918) 628-2718 (Tulsa)
Mobile: (918) 527-3984
Jack C. Montgomery VAMC, 1011 Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee, OK 74401

Monday September 13thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
5:30 pm local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
7:00 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
Tuesday September 14thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
5:30 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
7:00 pm local time Roundtable with Community Partners Register

For more information please contact:
Zenobia Boyd
Executive Assistant to the Director
Zenobia.Boyd@va.gov
Office: (706) 733-0188 extension 2122/6154

William Martin
Chief, Public Affairs Office
William.Martin6@va.gov
Office: (706) 733-0188 extension 1733

Charlie Norwood VAMC
1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA 30904
Alternate phone: (706) 733-0188 extension 2101/6135

Wednesday September 15thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
5:30 pm local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
7:00 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
Thursday September 16thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
5:30 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
7:00 pm local time Roundtable with Community Partners Register

For more information, please contact:
Julia Grisham
Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director
Julia.grisham@va.gov
Office: (502) 287-5164
800 Zorn Avenue (00)
Louisville, KY 40206

Monday September 20thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
5:30 pm local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
7:00 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
Tuesday September 21thTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
5:30 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
7:00 pm local time Roundtable with Community Partners Register

For more information, please contact:
John G. Rogers
Public Affairs Officer
John.rogers12@va.gov
Office: (757) 722-9961 X5979
100 Emancipation Drive Bldg 135 Rm A105
Hampton, VA, 23667

Wednesday September 22ndTarget AudienceRegister
4:00 pm local time Roundtable with Community Partners Register
Thursday September 23rdTarget AudienceRegister
9:00 am local time Racial/ethnic minorities Register
10:30 am local time LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
1:00 pm local time Women Veterans Register
2:30 pm local time Veterans with disabilities Register
4:00 pm local time Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register

For more information please contact:
R. David Edwards
Chief, Public & Community Relations
VA Maryland Health Care System
Office: (410) 605-7101
Mobile: (410) 591-1057
rd.edwards@va.gov

Additional contacts:

Kenya Griffin
Program Manager, Public Reltions & Connunity Outreach
(443) 695-3623
kenya.griffin@va.gov

Ming Vincenti
Community Outreach Coordinator
(443) 252-0767
ming.vincenti@va.gov

Make-up Listening Sessions:

DateTimeTarget AudienceRegister
September 28th, 2021 11 am Eastern Racial/ethnic minorities Register
September 28th, 2021 1 pm Eastern LGBTQ+ Veterans Register
September 28th, 2021 3 pm Eastern Veterans with disabilities Register
September 28th, 2021 7 pm Eastern Open sessions for all affinity groups Register
September 30th, 2021 1 pm Eastern Women Veterans Register
September 30th, 2021 3 pm Eastern Religious minorities and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent inequality Register
September 30th, 2021 7 pm Eastern Open sessions for all affinity groups Register

For more information please contact:
Name: Karen Cutright
Position: Human Centered Designer
Email: karen.cutrightsiegrist@va.gov
Phone Number: (513) 505-4268


Registration

Individual registration: VA encourages individual registrations for those not affiliated with or representing a group, association, or organization.

Group registration: Identification of the name of the group, association or organization should be indicated in your registration request. Due to virtual platform meeting limitations of WebEx and the statutory mandate that VA consult with certain entities, VA may select certain entities to speak or may limit the size of a group's registration to allow receipt of testimonies and/or technical remarks from a broad, diverse group of stakeholders. Oral comments, testimonies and/or technical remarks may be limited from a group, association or organization to no more than two (2) individuals representing the same group, association or organization. Efforts will be made to accommodate all attendees who wish to participate. However, VA will give priority to Veterans, family members, caregivers, survivors of underserved communities or their representatives who request registration prior to 72 hours before the session, and wish to provide oral comments, testimonies and/or technical remarks. The length of time allotted for all participants to provide oral comments, testimonies and/or technical remarks during the meeting will be no more than 60 minutes total and is subject to the number of participants selected to speak, to ensure time is allotted.

Audio (For listening purposes only): Limited to the first 200 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is not required. Audio attendees will not be allowed to offer oral comments, testimonies and/or technical remarks as the line will be muted.

Note: Should it be necessary to cancel the meeting due to technical issues or other emergencies, VA will take available measures to notify registered participants.