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Focus on Health Equity and Action

Using Quality Improvement Projects to Demonstrate Health Equity in Action for Vulnerable Veterans


by Wendell Jones, MD ; Jodie Katon, PhD, MS ; Sara Knight, PhD ; Uchenna Uchendu, MD
Seminar date: 12/18/2017

Description: The VA Office of Health Equity (OHE) launched the VA Health Equity Themed Quality Improvement Projects Initiative during fiscal year 2014. This initiative was launched to support local and field-based efforts to implement quality improvement efforts that have been designed or identified through existing literature and that are expected to achieve health equity and/or reduce health disparities among vulnerable Veteran groups. The purpose of the current session is to describe quality improvement projects and findings for projects funded by OHE during fiscal year 2017 and discuss lessons learned and actionable steps that can be used by VA facilities, researchers, and stakeholders to inform local and national efforts that advance health equity for vulnerable Veterans. Confirmed Speakers: Wendell Jones, MD Chief Medical Officer, VISN 17 Central Texas, Dallas, Texas Jodie Katon, PhD Scientist, VA Health Services Research and Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington Sara Knight, PhD Director, Health Services Research Program, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama Uchenna S. Uchendu, MD Chief Officer, Office of Health Equity, VA Central Office, Washington, DC Intended Audience: Researchers, clinicians, care coordinators, policy makers, educators, Veteran stakeholders and representatives of vulnerable Veteran groups who are interested in understanding and/or promoting equitable health among all Veterans.



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