VHA Homeless Programs - Conversations about Racial Equity

VHA Homeless Programs - Conversations about Racial Equity

A disproportionate number of minorities experience homelessness - issues of race, diversity, and bias should be part of our conversations within our programs that serve minority populations. The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans in collaboration with VA’s Employee Education System have developed a two-part podcast series on Racial Equity and Racial Justice. Dr. Roger Casey, Director, Education & Dissemination, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans interviews a Clinical Psychologist on creating safe places to have race conversations and talks with a VA Homeless Program manager about his personal and professional experiences managing a program providing direct services to homeless Veterans. Moderator: Roger Casey, PhD, LCSW, Director, Education & Dissemination, VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans.


January 19, 2021 19 min
Omar Bryce, LCSW, HUD-VASH Coordinator, NY Harbor VA Healthcare System discusses his personal and professional experiences regarding discrimination, privilege, bias, and the implications of working with homeless Veteran populations in the community and health care settings.
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Dr. Karima A. Clayton, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, VA-NY Harbor Healthcare System, discusses factors that prevent providers from engaging in dialogue about racism and discrimination as well as strategies to open the door and keep the door open to dialogue regarding discrimination, privilege, and bias.
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Omar Bryce, LCSW, HUD-VASH, NY Harbor VA Healthcare System, facilitates discussions with two Veterans, how racism, and discrimination impacted their military service and access to health care.
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Monica Diaz, MBA, BA, L-NHA, C-RCFE, Executive Director, VA Homeless Programs Office, interviews women homeless program leaders from diverse backgrounds and discusses the implications of racism and discrimination in managing homeless Veteran programs.
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