Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Advancing Health Equity in the VA Healthcare System
The HSR&D Field-based Meeting to Engage Diverse Stakeholders and Operational Partners in Advancing Health Equity in the VA Healthcare System took place in Philadelphia on September 20th and 21st, 2016.
HSR&D COINs focused on health equity, the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC), co-hosted the meeting and brought together 100 investigators, Veterans and operational partners to identify strategies to improve health and health care for three specific vulnerable populations:
• Racial and ethnic minorities:
• Homeless Veterans:
• Veterans from the LGBT community
These strategies were examined within three themes: engaging Veterans in research, working effectively with operational partners, and drawing on successful implementation of interventions to reduce disparities.
Meeting sessions focused on each of the three meeting themes included invited talks by an expert, original research presentations, and moderated panel discussions with Veterans, operational partners, and VA leaders.
Jeroan Allison, MD, MS, a national leader in research and interventions to end health inequities, and Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) were keynote speakers. Plenary presentations by the authors of the top-rated abstracts, selected from a competitive review process, focused on evidence-based practice in VA homeless programs, a VISN-wide effort to reduce racial disparities in hypertension, and the evaluation of a nurse-led, combined Internet and telephone support intervention for stroke caregivers of different races.
Click on the links below to watch video of individual invited talks, slide decks, and moderated panel discussions from this lively and well received meeting. You can also watch each themed session in entirety by clicking the underlined session links.
Conference Agenda - DAY 1
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA
Jeroan Allison, MD, MS
Karli Kondo, PhD, MA and Kimberly Peterson, MS
(Click this link to watch all three Plenary talks - 1 hr. 9 min.)
Leonard Egede, MD, MS
Plenary Session: Testing an implementation support strategy: Using Getting To Outcomes to facilitate the use of an evidence-based practice in VA homeless programs
Sharon McCarthy, PhD, LSW, MBA
Leslie Hausmann, PhD
Plenary Session: Exploring racial variation in acceptability and outcomes of an internet and telephone support intervention for stroke caregivers
Constance Uphold, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
(Click this link to watch the session in entirety - 1 hr. 37 min.)
Session Moderators: Leonard Egede, MD, MS and Jennifer Gala True, PhD
Jennifer Gala True, PhD
Presentation: The needs of marginalized women Veterans: A call to create space for intersectional identities
Karie Gaska, PhD, MSW
Presentation: Association of social determinants of health with medical conditions among transgender Veterans: Evidence from electronic health records
John Blosnich, PhD, MPH
Presentation: Racial/ethnic differences in contraceptive preferences and beliefs: Findings from the Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need among Women Veterans (ECUUN) study
Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH
• Michael Callahan, MSW – Coordinator of Veteran Services, Monmouth University
• Rhonda Dennis – Forensic Peer Specialist; Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator; Equal Opportunity Employment Office LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
• Alex Glover, BS – Director of Veterans Services, Transition Projects
• Earl Newsome, III – Deputy Director, Center for Minority Veterans
(Click this link to watch the session in entirety - 1 hr. 53 min.)
Session Moderators: Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA and Leslie Hausmann, PhD
Uchenna Uchendu, MD
Donna Washington, MD, MPH
Presentation: Assessing the culture of inclusion and respectfulness in VA: Efforts to address racism, sexism, and heterosexism
Avy Skolnik, PhD
Meagan Cusack, MS
Presentation: How big data, precision oncology, and the moonshot initiative are improving equity in cancer care for Veterans
Julie Lynch, PhD, RN, MBA
• Uchenna Uchendu, MD – Chief Officer, VHA Office of Health Equity
• Michael Kauth, PhD – Director, LGBT Program, VHA Office of Patient Care Services
• Jillian Shipherd, PhD - Director, LGBT Program, VHA Office of Patient Care Services
• Jill Albanese, LCSW – Regional Coordinator, Supported Services for Veteran Families Program
• Joe Francis, MD, MPH – Chief Quality and Performance Officer, VHA Office of Informatics and Analytics
Conference Agenda - DAY 2
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA
NIMHD Contributions to and Priorities for Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities and Opportunities for Synergy
Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
Case Studies of Implementation Efforts to Improve the Quality and Equity of Health Care Within the VA
(Click this link to watch the session in entirety - 1 hr. 21 min.)
Session Moderator: Michael Fine, MD, MSc
Matthew Chinman, PhD
Presentation: Improving access to and engagement in services for Veterans with multiple social, medical, and mental health needs: examples from BridgeQUERI
Keith McInnes, ScD, MS
Presentation: Connecting Veterans to post-incarceration health care: Integrating process mapping and stakeholder interviews to guide a peer-based intervention
Bo Kim, PhD
• Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH – Acting Director, HSR&D; Director, QUERI
• Brian Mittman, PhD, MA – Senior Implementation Scientist, VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support, VAGLAHS
• Matthew Chinman, PhD – Director, Implementation & Evaluation Core, CHERP; Research Associate VISN4 MIRECC; Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND
Michael Fine, MD, MSc
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2016
Call for Manuscripts
State of the Science in VA Health Equity Research
Medical Care invites original research papers on the science of documenting, understanding, and intervening on health care disparities among vulnerable populations served by the VA Healthcare System or highly relevant to Veteran health and health care.
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), intends to publish a supplemental issue on “The State of Science” in VA Health Equity. Original research papers on the science of documenting, understanding, and intervening in health care disparities among vulnerable populations served by the VA Healthcare System or highly relevant to Veteran health and health care are invited.
Vulnerable populations are those who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health or health care based on race/ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, mental health, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, geographic location, or other characteristics linked to discrimination or exclusion. Special consideration will be given to innovative interventions and implementation research that engages Veterans and/or operational stakeholders as partners in reducing disparities in health or health care and to papers that provide a strong foundation for future evidence-based implementation research.
All manuscripts will undergo standard peer review by the Medical Care editors and peer referees as defined by the Medical Care policy. Accepted manuscripts will be evaluated for inclusion into the supplement. Those that are not selected for the supplement will be considered for publication in the standard journal issue.
Potential authors should go to Instructions for Authors on the Medical Care website. Word limit for original manuscripts is 3,500 and 2,000 for brief reports. The deadline for manuscript submission has been extended to December 1, 2016, using the online submission system. Select “VA Health Equity Supplement” from the drop down menu on the online submission system.
Please note: VA servers may block the receipt of registration confirmation emails and other important email communications from the journal Medical Care to authors. Both corresponding authors and co-authors are strongly encouraged to provide non-VA email addresses in their manuscript submission request to ensure that all authors receive the relevant and time sensitive communications related to their manuscripts submission and are able to respond to requests from the journal for further information in a timely manner.
For more information, please contact the co-guest editors at Carson.Clark@va.gov.