VHA Office of Health Equity Newsletter - August 2020



News and Events

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Health Literacy Project:

Get COVID-19 fact sheets in over 31 languages.


New Health Equity Environmental Scan:

OHE seeks to identify all health equity related programs, pilots, quality improvement initiatives, research protocols and/or resource materials. All VA facilities and program offices are encouraged to submit health equity activities for Veterans. Learn more and enter data here. (VA network only)


  • Advancing the Response to COVID-19
    The HHS Office of Minority Health 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.

  • Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 12pm. No RSVP required. Check VACO Daily News for login information. (VA Staff only)


Featured Data

Prevalence of Health-Related Social Needs

SOURCE: FHEA Cyberseminar: Social Risks for Adverse Health Outcomes among Veterans

Screening for and Addressing Health-Related Social Needs within VA. Learn more on the OHE Social Determinants of Health web page.

View Focus on Health Equity in Action (FHEA) Cyberseminar or download presentation here.

Spotlight on the Field

VA Intensive Care Unit treatment improves patient outcomes at the Nashville VA Medical Center. Read full story.

VA Tennessee Valley HCS ICU patient and care team

VA Insider: Navy Veteran Gervasio’s care team used ICU Liberation Bundle protocols to help him walk while on a ventilator.

In Observance - August 2020

National Navajo Code Talkers Day - August 14th
View video to learn more about how native languages were used to send military messages.

Navajo Code Talker


Women's Equality Day - August 26th
Women's Equality Day began in 1971 to commemorate the signing of the 19th Amendment which occurred on August 26, 1920 and gave women the right to vote after many years of work for women's suffrage and political equality. Learn more about this day from the VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion and visit the National Archives exhibit: Righfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.

Continuous Learning

For Veterans

CDC Video: COVID-19 Risk

CDC Video: Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?
Learn about COVID-19 risk and how to take precautions. Watch video.


For Providers

Diversity and Inclusion Collection in TMS

The VA Talent Management System (TMS) 2.0 features a Diversity and Inclusion Collection. Log in to access online courses on the following topics:

  • Unconscious bias
  • Bridging diversity gaps
  • Avoiding discrimination
  • Leadership and diversity
  • Inclusive culture

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.