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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.

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National Veteran Health Equity Report

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.

National Veteran Health Equity Report

What's New

January Racial and Ethnic Differences in Exercise Use & National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic Information Brief
  National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
December GAO-20-83 Report: Opportunities Exist for VA to Better Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities 
  VA, Walmart Open Telehealth Locations to Serve Veterans in Rural Areas
  Depression Complicating Diabetes Among Veterans Information Brief
  2020 VHA Community Partnership Challenge Theme: Social Determinants of Health
November Transgender Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19 - One Veteran's story
  2019 National Veterans Creative Arts Competion and Festival
  American Indians and Alaskan Natives Veterans Colorectal Cancer Screening Information Brief
October New CA Data Resource Highlights Need for Bold Action on Health Disparities
  New Racial and Ethnic Minorities Populations Page
  Hispanic Veterans and Smoking Cessation Information Brief
September Bridging Housing and Healthcare for Older Homeless Veterans Information Brief 
August Women Veterans & Healthy Living Fact Sheet 
  Access to Care Among Rural Veterans Fact Sheet
July Identifying and Addressing Health-Related Social Needs Among Veterans Fact Sheet
June  LGBT Veterans Mental Health Disparities Fact Sheet
May  Asian American Veterans Disparities Fact Sheet
April  Opioid Use Disorder Among Justice-Involved Veterans Fact Sheet
  Health Care Decisions Fact Sheet

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).

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  Social Risks for Adverse Health Outcomes Among Veterans


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.


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