A new special online issue of APHA’s American Journal of Public Health compiles some of the latest research and commentary regarding the health of U.S. veterans as it relates to equity, quality of care and disparities.
“Any lapse in care quality, access or equity is antithetical to our duty to those who have served to protect our freedoms; it is simply not who we are as an organization,” wrote Robert Jesse, MD, PhD, former acting undersecretary for health for the Veterans Health Administration.
“Recognizing additional areas for improvement by identifying disparities in care has reinvigorated our commitment to these uniform principles,” he wrote.
The open-access issue, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Health Equity, investigates tobacco use and smoking habits, mental health, homelessness, racial disparities and access to care for transgender people and for American Indian and Alaska Native populations, along with a host of other topics impacting veteran health care. (Journal of Public Health)