Updates from the VA Office of Health Equity

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October 11, 2017

October Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar – New Vietnam Veteran Studies on Health and Mortality – Archives Available

Vietnam War Memorial

Veterans’ unique military experiences and exposures in different military periods or eras add another layer of vulnerability to the usual determinants of health and well-being. A combination of these factors increases the likelihood of health disparities for Veterans. The October Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar will describe two Veterans Health Administration program office research projects on Vietnam Veterans and discuss how these studies should demonstrate health and mortality outcomes related to equity.

New Vietnam Veteran Studies on Health and Mortality

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST


Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the role of military service as a determinant of health and well-being;

  2. Increase awareness of health disparities for Vietnam Veterans; and  

  3. Learn how to advance health equity issues for Vietnam Veterans.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Victoria J. Davey, PhD, MPH
    Associate Chief Research and Development Officer for Epidemiology and Public Health, VA Central Office, Washington DC
  • Uchenna S. Uchendu, MD
    Chief Officer, Office of Health Equity, VA Central Office, Washington, DC

Background Resources

Intended Audiences

Researchers, clinicians, care coordinators, policy makers, educators, Veteran stakeholders and representatives of vulnerable Veteran groups who are interested in understanding and/or promoting equitable health among all Veterans.

Recently Archived Sessions



Health Equity Virtual Patient Training Modules Back Online

The Virtual Patient Training Modules developed by the VA Office of Health Equity were briefly taken offline during administrative review. Fortunately, the training modules are now back online. We apologize for any inconvenience that you may have experienced.

We encourage you to access and complete these training modules. As you know, these modules assist clinicians, non-clinicians, Veterans, and stakeholders in understanding the importance of assessing, and increasing competency, of health equity issues for Veterans.

Veteran Faces

Determinants of Health and Healthcare for All Employees

Provides an awareness of Veteran populations that are at risk for health disparities, factors that put them at risk, and what you can do within your area of influence to move toward attaining the highest level of health for Veterans.


Casting the Health Equity Lens on Routine Check-up: Lucille F. 54

Provides an interactive example of incorporating social determinants of health in the delivery of patient-focused care.

Complete Training Modules

Recent Health Equity Tools, Research, and Call for Papers

2017 AAMC Community Engagement Toolkit – Precision Medicine, Community Engagement, and Native Health

AAMC Video Clip

This new toolkit released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) includes presentations, discussion questions, and video-recorded interviews with 17 urban dwelling Native Americans. Academic health centers, medical providers, and other stakeholders can use these tools to engage their communities in dialogue about the perceived risks and benefits of participating in clinical and behavioral research efforts. For more information, visit AAMC Health Research and Policy.

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Call for Papers for Health Services Research Theme Issue: Health Equity

HSR CMS Call for Papers

Health Services Research and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health are partnering to publish a Theme Issue on Health Equity. Studies, evaluations, and policy analyses that use rigorous and scientific research methods to promote health equity and reduce health disparities are being solicited are being solicited.

Illustrative examples of topics within the area of health equity include but are not limited to:

  • Quality of care
  • Access to care
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Economic burden of disparities
  • Business case for health equity investments
  • Language access
  • Payment reform
  • Health care delivery reform
  • Condition-specific research or interventions
  • Population health
  • Comorbidities

All papers must pertain to health equity and must report the results of original research.  Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by email to Dr. Beth Watts (HSRspecialissue@NORC.org) by November 1, 2017.  

More Information

New Research on Reducing Veteran Health Disparities

The September supplement to Medical Care, the official journal of the Medical Section of the American Public Health Association, focuses on research for advancing equitable healthcare for racial/ethnic minority; homeless; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Veterans. These vulnerable population groups represent some of Veteran groups that the VA Office of Health Equity is charged with championing and galvanizing health disparities efforts. The articles in the supplement were generated from presentations at the recent VA field-based State of the Science of Equity Research conference hosted by the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center held September 20-21, 2016.

Read Veteran Supplement

Special Issue from the HHS Office of Minority Health

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The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice published a special issue from the HHS Office of Minority Health. The supplement documents progress of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) has made since its inception to advance health equity and is a great resource for the public health community to utilize and build on the work that has already begun to end health disparities. The supplement includes papers from members of the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET), NPA’s national partners, contractors and stakeholders. The Department of Veterans Affairs is represented on the FIHET by the Center for Minority Veterans and the Office of Health Equity.

Read HHS Supplement