VHA Office of Health Equity Newsletter - September 2020



News and Events


Focus on Health Equity in Action Cyberseminar: Antiracism Resources and the Impact of Racism within VA 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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


New OHE Information Brief

Women Veterans and the Flu

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


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)

Featured Data

Influenza Vaccination in Past 12 Months, Women Veterans

Source: NCHS, Veterans Health Information, Table 11c, https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/veterans_health_statistics/veterans-health-info.htm.

Spotlight on the Field

Executive Chef, Carl Conway, and Healthy Teaching Kitchen Program Coordinator, Tamara Sugarek, South Texas VA Nutrition and Food Service, have designed a unique program targeting African American Veterans to demonstrate live soul cooking with a twist! Learn more and watch the video.

LIVE! Soul Food Cooking with a Twist video

Executive Chef, Carl Conway, and Healthy Teaching Kitchen Program Coordinator, Tamara Sugarek, South Texas VA Nutrition and Food Service

In Observance - September 2020

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

Help raise awareness on how to protect Veterans, service members, and their loved ones from this complex and tragic health issue. Learn more about VA suicide prevention.


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage 2020

The 2020 theme is "Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future". Learn more about VA Central Office's virtual observance event from the Center for Minority Veterans.

Continuous Learning

For Veterans

Knowing signs of concerning behavior can help Veterans and loved ones get help to prevent suicide. The Veterans Self-Check Quiz is a service for:

  • U.S. Veterans
  • Active duty military service members
  • Members of the National Guard and Reserves
  • Family members of someone in on these groups

All others are urged to visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Veteran Self-Check Quiz


For Providers

Voices of Research Podcast Series

Study: Veterans with multiple brain injuries twice as likely to consider suicide, compared with those with one or more.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about this study from a neuropsychologist at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in North Carolina.

Dr. Robert Shura

Dr. Robert Shura is interviewed by Mike Richman of VA Research Communications, an episode of the Voices of VA Research Podcast Series.

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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.