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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Summer 2021, Volume 23, Issue 3

In This Issue

Figure of how MIDAS consultation fits into the research process


Using MIDAS – A Golden Methodologic Resource for South Central MIRECC Investigators

This month, our MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS) consultation team shares how their services are useful at many stages along the road from study design to dissemination of findings in research. SC MIRECC researchers can learn when to reach out to MIDAS for help and read quotes from service recipients about their experience working with the consultation team.

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Clinical Educator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

The clock is ticking towards the deadline for VISN 16 and 17 clinicians and researchers to submit their applications for our FY22 Clinical Educator Grant Program. Projects should be tailored to rural populations, applicable to CBOC or rural community settings, and include consideration about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Products will be made available to the public for free and must be designed to be easily disseminated and easy for clinicians or Veterans to use. The deadline to submit an application is August 13, 2021.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Calendar of Events July-September 2021

Read this quarter's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) calendar of events for VA-recognized holidays and months. We also highlight DEI training in VA and beyond that may be of interest to readers.

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Highlights from Our Anchor Sites

Our affiliates in Houston, Little Rock, New Orleans, and VISN 17 work hard to promote mental health education, research, and treatment locally and nationally. Here are some highlights of their accomplishments over the past three months.

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New Resource for Treating Anxiety and Related Disorders and Updated Guide for Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Check out An All-Encompassing Approach to Treating Anxiety and Related Disorders: A Safety Aid Reduction Treatment Manual (START) that targets various anxiety and related disorders via the identification and elimination of safety aids. Our updated Provider's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was aligned with current literature and has updated supplemental readings and new modules that address current and emerging clinical applications.

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Visual abstract for "A high-need, high-impact educational session on firearms and death by suicide" article.


Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on topics that include firearm safety to reduce suicide, telemental health, depression, and more.

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Pilot Study Research Grant Opportunity

Researchers in VISN 16 and those located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) are invited to apply for a pilot study grant. Our program is intended to increase both the quantity and quality of federally funded research that will help us better understand the experiences of underserved Veterans and to support development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that can make a real difference in their lives. In addition to encouraging proposals addressing the needs of rural Veterans, we also encourage submission of proposals addressing the needs of other underserved and vulnerable Veteran populations, including those facing access barriers and/or disparities in the quality of mental healthcare due to age, race or ethnicity, birth sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. The next deadline to submit a proposal using our newly revised application is October 1, 2021.

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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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