Health Equity for Veterans
Learn more about the VHA Office of Health 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?
Health Care Decisions
Office of Health Equity, in collaboration with National Center for Ethics in Health Care Releases the Health Care Decisions Disparities Fact Sheet.
VHA Office of Health Equity
Equitable access to high-quality care for all Veterans is a major tenet of the VA healthcare mission. The Office of Health Equity (OHE) champions the elimination of health disparities and achieving health equity for all Veterans. 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.
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
April 16, 2019 is National Healthcare Decisions Day – a day to “to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.”
Don’t miss this opportunity to start thinking about advance care planning! Even if you’re healthy, it’s a good idea to complete an advance directive, which is an official document for writing down your decisions for future health care in case you’re unable to communicate those decisions yourself. If you have a serious illness, it’s especially important to discuss your health care goals and preferences with your loved ones and your health care team.
The Office of Health Equity is recognizing National Healthcare Decisions Day with our fact sheet on Improving Health Care Decision Making near the end of Life. For advance care planning resources, visit Health Care Ethics Resources for Veterans, Patients, and Families.
Upcoming Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar
Opioid Use Disorder and Employment Disparities in Justice-Involved Veterans
12:00 PM EST - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/302654167120056322
There are disparities in opioid use disorder (OUD) in Veterans involved with the criminal justice system. Providing access to substance use treatment and related services is extremely challenging and requires multifaceted approaches.
The April 2019 Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar will:
- Highlight current OUD disparities and employment disparities for justice-involved Veterans;
- Review VHA efforts to provide access to OUD treatment;
- Review research on employment services for justice-involved Veterans and;
- Provide recommendations to manage all stages of the criminal justice process for Veterans.
The Office of Health Equity produced a fact sheet on Opioid Use Disorder Among Justice-Involved Veterans to accompany this Cyberseminar. The fact sheet can be found here.
|Andrea Finlay PhD, MA, BA
Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) and
the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
James Lepage, PhD
Chief (ACOS) of Research and Development
North Texas Veterans Health Care System
Meredith Henne, BA, MPH(c)
Health Equity Fellow
Office of Health Equity
For more information about the Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series, click here.
The National Veteran Health Equity Report (NVHER) 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.
Health Equity Data
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.
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.
The Office of Health Equity pursues strong partnerships with internal and external organizations to achieve equitable health for all Veterans.