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Medical Care special issue on VA Health Equity

Health Equity and Quality in VA Care

Medical Care's special issue on VA Health Equity research underscores the need to address the root causes of disparities, consider the intersectionality of vulnerabilities, engage key stakeholders, expand research into emerging vulnerable populations.

By Carson Connor Clark
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Medical Care, in collaboration with two national VA HSR&D Centers for Innovation focused on health equity – the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC), has published a supplemental issue on “The State of Science” in VA Health Equity.

Medical Care Supplement: Health Equity.  September 2017;55(9,Suppl 2);S1-120.

The supplement features key products from the national HSR&D field-based meeting to Engage Diverse Stakeholders and Operational Partners in Advancing Health Equity in the VA Healthcare System, held in Philadelphia in 2016.  You can watch videos of the presentations via this link to the CHERP website.

CHERP Director Michael Fine, MD, MSc and Co-Director Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA were Co-Editors, along with Leonard Egede, MD, MS, who was Director of HEROIC for 12 years and moved to Medical College of Wisconsin In January 2017.  Their introduction is titled New Evidence Reflecting VA’s Commitment to Achieve Health and Health Care Equity for All Veterans. 

The conference and the supplement highlighted research in:  Racial/ethnic Minority Veterans; Research on Sex, Gender, and with LGBT Veterans; Veteran Homelessness

The articles reflect several key themes and underscore the need to

1.  Address the broad societal factors that are often the root causes of health disparities

2.  Consider the intersectionality of vulnerable populations and how various combinations of vulnerabilities affect Veteran health and healthcare

3.  Engage key stakeholders in efforts to advance health equity

4.  Vigilantly surveil and investigate disparities in recognized and emerging vulnerable Veteran populations

CHERP Investigators contributed the following articles to the supplement:

New Evidence Reflecting VA’s Commitment to Achieve Health and Health Care Equity for All Veterans
Co-Editors in Chief Said A. Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA, Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS, and Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc

Harnessing Implementation Science to Increase the Impact of Health Equity Research
Chinman, Matthew PhD; Woodward, Eva N. PhD; Curran, Geoffrey M. PhD; Hausmann, Leslie R.M. PhD

Associations Between Perceived Race-based Discrimination and Contraceptive Use Among Women Veterans in the ECUUN Study
MacDonald, Serena BS; Hausmann, Leslie R.M. PhD; Sileanu, Florentina E. MS; Zhao, Xinhua PhD; Mor, Maria K. PhD; Borrero, Sonya MD, MS

Creating a Toolkit to Reduce Disparities in Patient Engagement
Keddem, Shimrit MS; Agha, Aneeza Z. MA; Long, Judith A. MD; Werner, Rachel M. MD, PhD*; Shea, Judy A. PhD

Will Veterans Answer Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions?
Ruben, Mollie A. PhD; Blosnich, John R. PhD, MPH; Dichter, Melissa E. PhD, MSW; Luscri, Lorry MPH; Shipherd, Jillian C. PhD

Exploring Rural Disparities in Medical Diagnoses Among Veterans With Transgender-related Diagnoses Utilizing Veterans Health Administration Care
Bukowski, Leigh A. MPH; Blosnich, John PhD, MPH; Shipherd, Jillian C. PhD; Kauth, Michael R. PhD; Brown, George R. MD; Gordon, Adam J. MD, MPH

Read more on the VA Health Services Research and Development site.

The contents of this web site do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Government or the Department of Veterans Affairs.



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