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Focus on Health Equity and Action

Focus on Health Equity and Action: Findings from the VISN 4 Hypertension Racial Disparities Quality Improvement Project


by Leslie Hausmann, PhD ; Uchenna Uchendu, MD
Seminar date: 1/21/2016

Description: The purpose of the presentation is to share the findings from the evaluation of the VISN 4 quality improvement project to reduce racial disparities in hypertension ?management. The presentation will 1) highlight the partnership of Office of Health Equity, VISN 4 and CHERP in pursuit of health equity including how the project was conceived, 2) describe the nature and intensity of specific strategies implemented at individual facilities to reduce blood pressure disparities, 3) discuss the barriers and facilitators to implementing specific strategies, and 4) present data regarding the impact of the project on disparities over time. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of recommendations gleaned from the project to guide future quality improvement efforts focused on disparities in health or health care. Target audience: VHA leadership (facility, regional, and/or national), clinicians and non-clinicians, stake holders, and researchers who are interested in improving equity among Veterans through quality improvement and/or research.

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