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?
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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.
Women's Equality Day is August 26thThe Office of Health Equity celebrates Women's Equality Day with our Women Veterans & Healthy Living Fact Sheet. Women's Equality Day began in 1971 to commemorate the signing of the 19th Amendment which occurred on August 26, 1920 and gave women the right to vote after many years of work for women's suffrage and political equality. Learn more about this day from the VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion and visit the National Archives exhibit: Righfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.
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).
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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.