VHA Office of Health Equity Newsletter - July 2020

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020


News and Events

New OHE web page:
Social Determinants of Health

New OHE Information Brief:
Health Disparities Among LGBT Veterans

View all OHE information briefs and fact sheets. Topics include COVID-19, diabetes, colorectal cancer, traumatic brain injury, smoking cessation, housing, and more.

VA Library Network (VALNET) Hotlines Call:
OHE Overview and COVID-19 Resources (VA network only)

Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, Tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. Learn more.


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July 8th Cyberseminar:  Reducing Disparities in Diabetic Foot Ulcers with Research, Clinical Care, and Technology View Session.

View all past sessions in the OHE Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series.


Featured Data

Health Disparities Among LGBT Veterans

Respondent Assessed Health Status

SOURCE: NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015-2018.Table available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/veterans_health_statistics/tables.htm

Spotlight on the Field

A Birmingham VA Health Care System (BVAHCS) team has implemented a process to reduce wait times for chemotherapy patients waiting for laboratory results. Read full story.

Birmingham VAMC staff

Aliceson O'Hara RN, Infusion Nurse; Dr. Devika Das, Staff Physician, Medical Oncologist; and Dr. Barbara Gleaton, Oncology Pharmacist in Birmingham VA Oncology Clinic Photo: Derrick Smith, Public Affairs Specialist

In Observance - July 2020

July 28th - World Hepatitis Day
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leads the country in hepatitis screening, testing, treatment, research and prevention. Get information for health care providers, Veterans, and the public at: hepatits.va.gov

OHE Information Brief: Hepatitis C Treatment in Minority Veterans

World Hepatitis Day

National Minority Mental Health Month

Get mental health support. Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

View current and projected minority Veteran population on the OHE Racial and Ethnic Minorities page.

Continuous Learning

For Veterans

From anxiety, to depression, to posttraumatic stress, there is a wide range of conditions that can affect your mental health. Explore self-help tools, or download a screening checklist to see if common symptoms apply to you or a loved one. Learn more. Click on video to hear a Veteran's story of managing depression.

Managing Depression Video - Veterans Story



For Providers

Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease - Access toolkits, videos, and classes for health care providers. Learn more.

Liver Spleen system


In this issue:

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About the Office of Health Equity (OHE)

OHE helps the Veterans Health Administration provide appropriate individualized health care to each Veteran in a way that eliminates disparate health outcomes and assures health equity. 

Visit VHA Office of Health Equity for more details about Veterans health equity issues, data, tools, and research.