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Focus on Health Equity and Action

Focus on Health Equity and Action: Race/Ethnicity Data Collection in the Veterans Health Administration

by Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD ; Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD ; Uchenna Uchendu, MD
Seminar date: 4/28/2016

Description: Complete, reliable, and consistent measurement of racial and ethnic background in healthcare is critical for valid health equity and disparity studies. However, despite many efforts, missing data on race/ethnicity are common in VA data. The Office of Health Equity partnered with the Health Equity Research Outreach Initiatives Coin (HEROIC) to explore ways for addressing this gap. This Cyberseminar will share the findings with regard to: (1) patient and provider attitudes, challenges and preferences for how to collect race/ethnicity and (2) statistical approaches to address missing race/ethnicity data in the VAMC. Keywords: Equity, Disparities. Target Audiences: Researchers, behavioral scientists, clinicians, policy makers, educators, stakeholders and representatives/advocates for vulnerable Veteran groups who are interested in understanding and/or promoting equitable health among all Veterans. Visit the Office of Health Equity website at to learn more about VA’s strategic plan to achieve health equity for Veterans and to learn more about the Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar series. More information about HSR&D funded studies by HEROIC can be found on the HSR&D website.

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