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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter- Summer 2020, Volume 22, Issue 3

Collage of headshots of investigators featured in the summer SC MIRECC newsletter

In This Issue

Research to Practice: Frequency and Predictors of Health Services Use by Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Read a summary of an article published in BMC Health Services Research that describes factors influencing use of health care services, specifically, use of the emergency room (ER) and outpatient services, by Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 

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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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Clinical Educator Grant Program is Open for Applications from VISN 16 and 17 Mental Health Providers

Our FY21 Clinical Educator Grant Program is now accepting applications. Mental health clinicians, researchers, evaluators, and educators in VISN 16 and VISN 17 or those collaborating with VISN 16 or VISN 17 mental health staff members are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 4:00 pm CT on August 7, 2020.

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Updated Clinical Education Products to Address Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment and Problem Gambling

Check out our updated Multi-Setting Peaceful Mind manual that outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety for older Veterans with dementia or cognitive impairment. Also check out our Problem Gambling: Steps to Cut Down brochure that describes gambling problems, how to briefly assess for gambling problems, and what steps can be taken to curtail the further development and continuation of gambling problems.

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Recent Publications

Check out 10 recent publications from our affiliates on topics that include cannabis use, gambling, housing instability, depression treatment, and more.

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Window to Submit to Our Special Request for Pilot Study Applications Addressing COVID-19 Extended

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 September 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

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