Updates from the VA Office of Health Equity

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April 9, 2018

Highlighting Diverse Veterans Engagement in Clinical Trials During National Minority Health Month

2018 National Minority Health Month

April marks National Minority Health Month. This annual observance brings focus to the health and health status of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. This year’s theme—Partnering for Health Equity—appropriately highlights the role of partnerships and how partnering can help reduce disparities and advance equity in health, health care, and well-being.

Since 2012, the VA Office of Health Equity (OHE) has been charged with ensuring that racial and ethnic minority Veterans, as well as other vulnerable Veterans groups, receive timely, high quality, personalized, safe, effective and equitable health care. Partnering across federal, state, and local government agencies, and working with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders is one of the key strategies that OHE uses to advance Veteran health equity.

Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials

In time for National Minority Health Month, OHE is pleased to share some exciting tools stemming from our partnership with the Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Heath. Released today, the Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials video series feature racial and ethnic minority Veterans describing the importance of minorities and Veteran participation in clinical trials. Clinical trials are voluntary research studies that often lead to medical treatments and cures. Many Veterans who participate in clinical trials report that their participation allows them to continue their service.

Please watch the Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials videos, share with others, and consider volunteering for a clinical trial today.

Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials Video 1, Video 2

VA OHE Chief Officer, Uchenna S. Uchendu, MD, recently gave a talk on Veteran health equity and the importance of Veteran participation in clinical trials at the FDA OMH Lecture Series. Links to the recording and slides are available below.

Office of Minority Health Lecture Series: Health Equity and Diversity in Clinical Trials (11/20/2017)Recording, Slides

VA Office of Health Equity Resources

Learn more about the health status of racial and ethnic minority Veterans from some of the following VA OHE resources.

  • National Veteran Health Equity Report—FY2013 Chapter 3. Health and Healthcare for Veterans in VHA by Race/Ethnicity 

  • Virtual Patient Training Modules Hear the voices of vulnerable Veterans, learn about their experiences, and use this knowledge to reflect on everyday interactions between staff and patients facing social determinants of health challenges.

  • Journeys with High Blood Pressure – Hear and discover from African American Veterans as they discuss their experiences with high blood pressure and offering tips to take medications, talk to their health care providers, and make other changes.

Partner Resources for National Minority Health Month

FDA Office of Minority Health

  • April 19, 2018 Community Health Event – AWARE for All (Howard University, Washington, DC) – Register Here

  • April 26, 2018 Webinar – My Journey to Discover Why Health Disparities Exist (Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Georgetown University, Washington, DC) – Register Here

National Minority Health Month and 2018 Welcome Message from Matthew Y.C. Lin, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority Health, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Celebrate National Minority Health Month! – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Screening and Referral for Social Determinants of Health: Innovative Health Care Applications and Future Directions (Meeting, May 3, 2018) – National Institutes of Heath

Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice, Health, and Academic Medicine (Video) – Association of American Medical Colleges

April 2018 Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar

February 2018 FHEA Slide Cover

The VA Office of Health Equity (OHE) will not host a Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar (FHEA Cyberseminar) during the month of April.

Please visit the FHEA Cyberseminar Archives to access previously held sessions and other recordings related to Veteran health equity.