About the Philadelphia CHERP Veterans Community Advisory Board (VCAB) - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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About the Philadelphia CHERP Veterans Community Advisory Board (VCAB)

VCAB board members at a recent monthly meeting.

The independent Philadelphia CHERP Veterans Community Advisory Board (VCAB) was formed in May 2017 to advance Veteran perspectives and engagement in Research.  The CHERP VCAB is an independent engagement activity that seeks to improve the design of patient-relevant research, increase uptake of research into practice, build Veteran support for research, and restore trust in VA.  Veterans who participate in the CHERP VCAB give non-consensus advice.  

The VCAB is available to:

» Offer independent Veteran perspectives about their care experiences at the VA, their preferences and priorities

» Strategize to make research Veteran-centered

» Compose letters of support for Veteran-focused projects

» Provide non-concensus advice for recruitment and study info materials, and identification of research partners

» Assist with dissemination

This independent Board is designed to represent the vulnerable communities central to CHERP’s health equity research mission (e.g. Veterans from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ Veterans, women Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Veterans with stigmatizing social, mental and physical conditions, etc.)

Our Mission:

to advise, foster relationships, and contribute experience and input to CHERP Leadership and Researchers in order to promote health, healthcare, and health equity for the Veteran Community.

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Learn more about this independent advisory board 

Link to information about meetings, board members, how to contact Philadelphia VCAB

Link to profile of Board Member Eugene Marsh

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