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The Equity portfolio addresses disparities in the health and health care of traditionally underserved populations (including racial and ethnic minorities, and rural and homeless veterans), with the objective of understanding and eliminating disparities in VHA and ensuring equal access and quality health care for all veterans. The Equity research portfolio is focused on understanding the reasons for disparities in care, and foremost, on developing interventions to reduce disparities as well as the development of better implementation strategies to translate disparities research findings into practice. The Equity portfolio includes content areas such as: health literacy; communication; preferences and beliefs; decision-making; access; and other patient, provider and system variables and factors associated with disparities. Research on health care disparities has been a long-term priority area for HSR&D, and its importance has been reiterated in the current Program Announcement of HSR&D Priorities.

For general information about Equity, please contact:

Cathie Plouzek, PhD
Scientific Portfolio Manager
Health Services Research and Development (10X2H)

Cathie Plouzek, PhD

Ms. Lipson is the Scientific Program Manager for HSR&D's women's health, healthcare equity, access, and rural health research portfolios. She has been instrumental in developing these priority research areas and guiding plans for future research. Ms. Lipson has worked to expand the women's health research, and helped lay the foundation for a new transformative women Veterans' health research plan. Regarding health equity research, she has helped guide the field toward development of intervention research that has the potential to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare. Ms. Lipson also has been involved in identifying new directions for access and rural health research. She works closely with VA researchers and VA organizations involved in these priority areas. Ms. Lipson has also had a major role in the oversight and evaluation of HSR&D's Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence Initiative.

Ms. Lipson has served as a member of the Secretary's Task Force on Women Veterans, the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research, the VA Health Equity Coalition, the DoD/VA HEC Women's Health Workgroup, and the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women. Prior to joining VA, she conducted extensive research on diverse health policy issues, including primary care, healthcare access, telemedicine, health workforce policies, long-term care, and health services integration. Ms. Lipson has a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Planning from George Washington University.

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