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Health Equity for Veterans

Learn more about the VHA Office of Health Equity

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Applying an Equity Lens: The Difference in Equality and Equity

Equality vs. Equity

Many incorrectly use equality and equity in their conversations by believing that these concepts have the same meaning. Do you know the difference?

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VA Health Equity Action Plan

Health Equity Report

VA Office of Health Equity Announces the Release of the First-Ever National Veterans Health Equity Report

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VHA Office of Health Equity

In 2011 the Veterans Health Administration chartered a health care equality workgroup. The purpose of the workgroup was to determine how VA could provide a more equitable health care delivery system. The workgroup's recommendations, including efforts by the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans, supported a dedicated national-level office to champion equitable health care for all Veterans. As a result, the Office of Health Equity (OHE) was established in 2012. OHE supports the VHA's vision to provide appropriate individualized health care to each Veteran in a way that eliminates disparate health outcomes and assures health equity.

New Content

  October 2018 12:00PM EST - Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar: Making Health Equity Data Actionable with Visualizations [register]
  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
  New article published on Veteran health equity: Breland, J. Y., Phibbs, C. S., Hoggatt, K. J., Washington, D. L., Lee, J., Haskell, S., Uchendu, U. S., Saechao, F. S., Zephyrin, L. C., Frayne, S. M. (2017). The Obesity Epidemic in the Veterans Health Administration: Prevalence Among Key Populations of Women and Men Veterans. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 
  OHE Releases New VA National Veteran Health Equity Report Data Visualization Tool
  Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Data Visualization Tool that Includes New Data Story Featuring the National Veteran Health Equity Report
  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
  OHE Releases New Training Modules for Increasing Competency of Veteran Health Equity Issues
  VA Office of Health Equity Announces the Release of the First-Ever National Veterans Health Equity Report

Health Equity Data



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OHE is working to improve data availability, coordination, utilization and diffusion of research and health outcomes. Towards this goal, visit the Data page on this site for available datasets that can be used to better understand issues of health equity and disparities among Veterans.

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In partnership with the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), OHE launched the Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminars series. Each cyberseminar will spotlight activities that promote the implementation of the VHA Health Equity Action Plan (HEAP).

12:00 PM EST
  Making Health Equity Data Actionable with Visualizations [register]


Session titles and presenters will be updated closer to the event date. Sign up for the Office of Health Equity listserv to receive updates and to learn more about Veteran health equity issues.  

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The Office of Health Equity pursues strong partnerships with internal and external organizations to achieve equitable health for all Veterans.


Office of Health Equity champions the advancement of health equity and reduction of health disparities.

What is Health Equity?

Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices and the elimination of health and health care inequities.

What is a Health Disparity?

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

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