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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Truman VA’s EEO Program wins Columbia Values Diversity Award

Members of Truman VA's Executive Leadership Team and EEO Committee.

Members of Truman VA's Executive Leadership Team and EEO Committee.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Truman VA's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program is proud to be named the 2012 recipient of the Columbia Values Diversity organization/group award. 

Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, Director, and other staff members from Truman VA attended the 19th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 12. This event, sponsored by the City of Columbia, brings people together from throughout the community to share breakfast and a special program honoring the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The highlights of the program were an original artistic program and presentation of the annual Columbia Values Diversity awards to one individual/family and one organization/group.

Truman VA's EEO Program, formed more than twenty years ago, has worked diligently to enable the organization to embrace diversity and cultural awareness.  The program's goal is for Truman VA to become an inclusive organization and function as a responsible community partner.  Our partnerships include local schools, community-based organization and professional associations.  These valuable partnerships allow for expanded outreach to diverse communities, broaden opportunities, enhance access, and promote cultural awareness.

  • Partners in Education: Truman VA has been a Partner in Education with Frederick Douglass High School since 1988.  More than 100 students have participated in this industry-based program.  Students spend their entire school day at the hospital - half of the day in class with an on-site instructor and the other half in paid work assignments.  This experience provides these students with practical job training and work experience.  Truman VA's Employee Association awards an annual $500 college scholarship for a graduate of this program.
  • Educational Partnerships: Truman VA is a proud participant in local annual educational events targeted at increasing diversity outreach, awareness and opportunities.  Some of our educational partnerships include Career Days at all Columbia Middle Schools, the Minority Achievement Committee Scholars Program and Frederick Douglass High School Health Fair.
  • Special Emphasis Programs: Truman VA offers many special emphasis programs focused on promotion of health care services and VA career opportunities. Truman VA conducts targeted outreach to Veterans including minority Veterans, disabled Veterans and women Veterans through events such as Homeless Veteran Stand Downs and Welcome Home events for returning service men and women.
  • Employees with Disabilities: Truman VA has worked toward increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities within the community.  Truman VA held an outreach event in 2009 for area schools and agencies that provide services to people with disabilities.  Following this event, Truman VA has pursued collaborations with many local schools and agencies resulting in increased employment for persons with disabilities.  Employees with disabilities comprise 11% of Truman VA's workforce. 

Today, Truman VA employs more than 1,300 workers serving more than 35,000 mid-Missouri Veterans.  When compared to the local labor force, Truman VA's workforce is at or above representation in all races/ethnicities with a total minority representation of 18%. 

Congratulations to Truman VA's EEO Program for the continued efforts to promote cultural diversity in our community.  For more information about Truman VA's EEO Program, contact Sara Hake, EEO Program Manager, at (573) 814-6316.  For information about current career opportunities at Truman VA, visit


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