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July 17, 2017

July FHEA Cyberseminar – Using Effective Communication of Healthcare Disparities and Vulnerabilities to Empower Professionals, Veterans and Stakeholders

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Join the Office of Health Equity for July’s Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar session. The session will focus on the EMPOWER research project and the Make the Connection video project targeting vulnerable Veteran groups. Presenters will focus on effective strategies for communicating about health disparities and other health equity issues among Veterans and healthcare professionals.

Using Effective Communication of Healthcare Disparities and Vulnerabilities to Empower Professionals, Veterans and Stakeholders

Thursday, July 27, 2017
3:00 – 4:00pm EST


Panelist will discuss the following:

  1. Key findings of the EMPOWER project which was designed to understand how to effectively communicate with healthcare professionals about healthcare disparities;

  2. Using tailored peer to peer Veteran stories of recovery to connect Veterans, family members, friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives; and

  3. Operational and research partnerships executed by the Office of Health Equity to advance the goals of the VA Health Equity Action Plan.  

Confirmed Speakers

  • Diana Burgess, PhD
    Health Science Researcher, VA Minneapolis Healthcare System, Minneapolis, MN

  • Wendy Tenhula, PhD
    Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty MH, VA Central Office, Washington, DC 

  • Uchenna S. Uchendu, MD
    Chief Officer, Office of Health Equity, VA Central Office, Washington, DC

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2017 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference

Office of Health Equity Participates in Health Equity Breakfast at 2017 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference

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Dr. Uchenna S. Uchendu, Office of Health Equity (OHE) Chief Officer, will be participating in the upcoming health equity breakfast at the 2017 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference hosted by the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion on July 19th from 7:00 – 8:00 AM EST.  

OHE was created in 2012 as a national program office at the Department of Veterans Affairs to champion reduction of health and healthcare disparities and galvanize efforts, enhance synergy across the VA and spur actions towards achieving health equity for all Veterans This includes funding, collaboration and support for research examining disparities among vulnerable Veterans and interventions to reduce barriers that some Veterans face in accessing care. For example, the OHE-QUERI Partnered Evaluation Center was established to support efforts to better understand the extent of Veteran disparities and engender appropriate actions. This is one of the goals of the VA Health Equity Action Plan, the agency’s strategic plan to achieve Veteran health equity, developed under the leadership of Dr. Uchendu.  

The 2017 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference takes place July 18-20th, 2017. This year’s theme is Accelerating Innovative and Implementation in Health System Science. Below is a select listing of OHE-partnered and/or funded initiatives that will be presented at this year’s conference: 

Visit https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/meetings/2017/abstracts.cfm for the full listing of 2017 National Conference abstracts.   

Selected National Meeting sessions can be streamed at the following link: https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/meetings/2017/streamed_sessions.cfm.

View Conference Agenda