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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter-  Spring 2020, Volume 22, Issue 2

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In This Issue

Message of Support from the South Central MIRECC

Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care providers have been particularly hard hit. Some mental health clinicians are working in hospitals or CBOCs under rigorous safety protocols, while many others are now delivering telehealth services to Veterans from their home as they “shelter-in-place” with their families.

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Grant Writing Scholars 2020

Learn about the 2020 class of SC MIRECC Grant Writing Scholars (GWS) and their February workshop. The GWS program provides investigators with individual mentoring and didactic training in successful grant writing. The program prepares scholars for submitting grants to funding agencies such as SC MIRECC, VA Health Services Research and Development, and the National Institutes of Health.

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Research to Practice: Balancing Fidelity and Adaptation While Implementing Brief CBT in Primary Care

Read a summary of an article by VA and MIRECC researchers published in Implementation Science, that describes using the Dynamic Adaptation Process model to examine 18 providers’ experiences trying to maintain fidelity yet allow adaptability during implementation of brief cognitive behavioral therapy (bCBT) for depression and anxiety in primary care clinics. 

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Highlights from Our Anchor Sites

Affiliates from Houston, Little Rock, and New Orleans have been busy promoting mental health education, research, and treatment. Here, we highlight some of their accomplishments over the last three months.

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New and Updated Clinical Education Products Promote Wellness While Awaiting Transplants and Managing Worry and Anxiety

Check out our new Wellness While Waiting patient education materials designed to promote physical and emotional wellness for Veterans awaiting organ transplant and their caregivers. Also our Self-Help STOP Worry Workbooks, a guided cognitive behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder for older Veterans, have been updated.

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Recent Publications

Check out 10 recent publications from our affiliates on topics that include patient-centered care, dementia, telehealth, PTSD, and more.

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Special Request for Pilot Study Applications Addressing COVID-19 for VISN 16 & San Antonio Researchers

VISN 16 researchers and researchers in San Antonio, TX, are invited to submit pilot study applications that support our mission in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until at least July 1, 2020 and review submissions monthly. We will endeavor to inform principal investigators of funding decisions within 4 weeks of submission.

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Research Methods and Analysis Consultation Services Available for VISN 16 and San Antonio Investigators

MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS) offers centralized design, methodologic and analytic support to VISN 16 investigators and investigators located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) who are seeking intramural or extramural funding or conducting pilot projects.

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About Us

The mission of the South Central MIRECC is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. The Communiqué is published quarterly by the SC MIRECC Education Core. Contact us at VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov.

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