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Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion


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Three core values guide the strategic planning of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion: scientific rigor, relevance, and engagement.

The scientific rigor of our research must be recognized as among the best empirical investigation in the field. The most valuable changes in health and health care are typically not the consequence of a single research project, but the product of accumulated knowledge, systematically gathered, on an important topic. Thus, we believe our most valuable and enduring scientific contributions will come from getting our research right consistently over time. This commitment to scientific rigor enhances our standing in the scientific community, helps us attract and retain talented investigators, and demonstrates VA's leadership within the field of health services research. The relevance of our research to the VA Healthcare System must be evident to the audiences capable of using it to advance the quality and equity of Veteran health and health care.

Spotlight on VA-funded Health Equity Research:

Staying Positive:  An Intervention to Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain Disparities PI:  Leslie Hausmann, PhD





The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion's research focuses on vulnerable veteran populations, including those who face potential discrimination because of race, ethnicity, or social status, and those at risk for disparities in health or health care due to other physical and/or mental conditions.

Activities Towards Goals

CHERP engages in diverse activities towards achievement of the program goals and our strategic plans.
Click on each goal below to learn more about our activities in support of our strategic goals:

Funded Research Projects and Collaborations

Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion Investigators engage in research that has the potential to impact VHA policies, healthcare practices, and health outcomes for Veterans. Their work addresses questions of significance to VHA clinical and operational partners. CHERP Investigators are involved in other funded initiatives, including research projects and programs supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other sponsors with missions aligned with our focus on the quality and equity of health and healthcare for vulnerable populations.

Click here for a list of funded projects that CHERP Investigators are currently leading or involved in as a co-investigator. 

Click here for a list of select publications that CHERP Investigators have authored or co-authored