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 Equity Report
VA Office of Health Equity Announces the Release of the First-Ever National Veterans Health Equity Report
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.
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.
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
- Geographic location
- Socio-economic status
- Sexual orientation
- Mental health
- Military era
- Cognitive / sensory / physical disability
- Other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion