Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Richmond, VA

VA has got your back

Dr. Dominique Boone, psychologist and chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC), leads a virtual meeting with members of the DIAC at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, Richmond campus, July 15, 2021. (CVHCS Photo By Megan Kon/Released)

By Megan Kon, Public Affairs Specialist
Monday, July 26, 2021
One of the core characteristics that make us human is our need to feel included in an environment where we belong. Servicemembers serve alongside each other in battle or prepare for such a battle side-by-side.

As servicemembers retire or discharge from military service, they learn ways to transition back to civilian life. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers Veterans a place to start over and to heal.

VA has thousands of programs, services, and benefits available for those who have earned them, yet the health care system can be hard to navigate.

The Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) employees take pride in the care we deliver and continually find ways to improve. CVHCS staff show Veterans how to best care for themselves as well as supports employees in their efforts to provide exceptional care. We have one mission – to care for those who have served, their caregiver and their families. No matter a Veteran’s race, gender or sexual orientation, our focus is to provide world class customer service to all.

CVHCS leadership inspired employees to get involved and to be purposefully proactive in the change they wanted to see in the workplace. Since February 2021, with the appointment of psychologist, Dr. Dominique Boone as the chair of the internal Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, the program has thrived and continues to grow.

“There are many benefits to having a diverse and inclusive workplace where employees of the organization feel as though things are equitable and that they belong,” said Boone, who worked in Mental Health Service at CVHCS for four years before joining the Engagement and Experience Office. “Among the many benefits, research indicates that having a variety of perspectives greatly increases creativity, productivity, and work performance. This sets the stage for employees to find meaning and value in their work and to provide world-class service to the Veteran that we serve.”

Employees have taken on new roles as Special Emphasis Program Managers under the direction of Leon Walker, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Manager, to better represent diverse groups throughout the health care system.

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