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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Spring 2022, Volume 24, Issue 2

In This Issue

Dr. Jan Lindsay

SC MIRECC Welcomes New Co-Director

Congratulations to Dr. Jan Lindsay, recently named Co-Director of the SC MIRECC. Dr. Lindsay is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and has been an investigator at the SC MIRECC and the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) for over a decade.

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Screenshot of grant writing scholars participants in Zoom conference room

Grant Writing Scholars 2022

In February, the 2022 class of SC MIRECC Grant Writing Scholars (GWS) participated in a virtual grant writing 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 (HSR&D), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

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2022 BEST fellowship program participants

2022 BEST Fellows

The Building Educational Scholarship in psychiatry Training (BEST) program encourages psychiatry residents to enter post-residency research training fellowships in VISNs 16 and 17. Directed by Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, the program recognizes talented residents with academic interests and offers consultative experiences in mental health research careers. As part of the nomination process, program directors were asked to consider the candidate’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and whether they belong to a group that is underrepresented in psychiatry or otherwise marginalized nationally or at their institution. Awardees attend a national scientific meeting, get a stipend for books or tuition, and work with a career mentor. Congratulations to our 2022 fellows!

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DEI Corner: Adding Pronouns in VA Outlook Email and the New VHA ODEI Inclusivity Campaign

Learn about two new initiatives in VA that help employees create more inclusive professional spaces and circumvent harmful assumptions about gender identity, and model inclusive habits.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar of Events May-June 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 and Updated Resources to Get Started with CPAP for Sleep Apnea and Discuss Delirium with Families and Caregivers

Check out A Good Fit: Making CPAP Work for You, a user-friendly guide that helps Veterans get started and relaxed with using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask for obstructive sleep apnea. The Delirium: Information for Families & Caregivers brochure helps families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage delirium.

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Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on suicide prevention, product dissemination, intimate partner violence, 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 July 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 VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov.

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