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Focus on Health Equity and Action

Social Risks for Adverse Health Outcomes among Veterans

by Alicia Cohen, MD, MSc ; Lauren Russell, MPP ; Michelle Wong, PhD ; Donna Zulman, MD, MS
Seminar date: 7/10/2019

Description: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has been successful in reducing disparities in health and patient outcomes. However, disparities that are often the result of social and behavioral determinants of health, including financial and nonfinancial barriers to care, remain and often result in adverse health outcomes. The July 2019 Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar will highlight: 1) Findings from a recent evaluation that examined racial/ethnic mortality disparities among a national cohort of VA healthcare users; 2) Findings from a nationally representative survey of nearly 5,000 Veterans that examined associations of future hospitalizations and social and behavioral determinants of health; and, 3) an innovative program that addresses Veterans’ social determinants of health at the point of clinical care. Intended Audience: Researchers, clinicians, care coordinators, policy makers, educators, data analysts, 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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