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Health Equity and Inclusion: How the Military Health System is Leading the Way

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Disparities in health equity and access have long been documented for racial and ethnic minorities. Recent research suggests that universal healthcare access can mitigate some, if not all, negative outcomes. The Military Health System (MHS), serving a population representative of the U.S. population, offers a unique opportunity to study and learn. Join us to hear what the latest research tells us about how service members and their beneficiaries—representative of racial and ethnic minorities—feel about their ability to access quality, culturally competent healthcare through the MHS, how universal healthcare access drives outcomes, and how their health outcomes compare to their civilian counterparts. What barriers remain in the Military Health System?

    During this webinar, our experts will:

  • Explore the military family perspective.
  • Identify the pressing priorities and issues.
  • Learn how racial equity research is informing this phenomenon.
  • Understand what is being done in this arena to reduce health inequity.


Tracey Pérez Koehlmoos, PhD, MHA, Professor Center for Health Services Research; Director, Doctoral Programs in Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


Jennifer Akin, Senior Director of Policy and Social Impact Research, Blue Star Families


Charo Bates, USAA Applied Research & Social Impact DEPLOY Fellow, USMC


Nasim Afsar, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Cerner Corp.


Moderator: James Schmeling, J.D., President and CEO, National Defense University Foundation