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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Winter 2022, Volume 24, Issue 1

In This Issue

Dr. Joshua Hamer

SC MIRECC Affiliate Profile: Joshua Hamer, PhD

Meet Dr. Joshua Hamer, an SC MIRECC affiliate at our Houston  anchor site. Dr. Hamer explains his projects, work as the Chair of a three-Center diversity, equity and inclusion committee, goals, mentors, and more in this interview.

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Meet the FY22 SCMIRECC-IQuESt-CeMHOR DEI Committee

We’re pleased to announce the inaugural membership of our newly formed diversity, equity and inclusion committee. This committee is a shared initiative between SC MIRECC and two HSR&D Centers of Innovation in the VISN 16 network. Meet the faculty and staff who are representing SC MIRECC, the HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness & Safety (IQuESt), and the HSR&D Center for Mental Health and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR) in this important endeavor. 

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DEI Corner

This month, we debut a new series that highlights diversity, equity and inclusion in the work of our investigators. We give you an overview of the amazing research, programs and mentoring of Drs. Derrecka Boykin, Darius Dawson, Jan Lindsay, Rajinder Sonia Singh, and Eva Woodward.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar of Events January-March 2022

Read this quarter's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) calendar of events for VA-recognized holidays and months.

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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 Resources to Explain Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Treating Headaches and Acceptance and Commitment Training for Communities

Check out Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Treating Headaches, a set of educational videos and brochures that explain how chiropractic, biofeedback and acupuncture may be used to decrease headache symptoms. The ACT on Health Toolkit helps VA medical center mental health leadership and clinicians implement 1-day acceptance and commitment training (ACT) workshops in community-based settings.

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Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on topics that include acceptance and commitment training, responding to microaggressions from patients, suicide risk among rural Veterans, moral injury, and more.

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Pilot Study Grant Opportunity for VISN 16 and San Antonio Researchers

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 is April 1, 2022.

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

Our MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS) program offers centralized design, methodologic and analytic support to VISN 16 researchers and those located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) who are seeking intramural or extramural funding or conducting pilot projects. The MIDAS team is experienced in biostatistics, epidemiology, demography, psychometrics, qualitative methods, application of technology to research and education, and project implementation.

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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 South Central MIRECC strives to promote and celebrate a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion among our staff, across our sites, and in the work we do to improve mental health care for rural and other underserved Veterans. The Communiqué is published quarterly by the SC MIRECC Education Core. Contact us at

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