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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Fall 2022, Volume 24, Issue 4

In This Issue

Dr. Michael Kauth

Interview with Dr. Michael Kauth, LGBTQ+ Health Program Executive Director

Dr. Michael Kauth, former SC MIRECC Co-Director, discusses his new appointment as the Executive Director of the LGBTQ+ Health Program, Population Health, Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Kauth takes us through his 30-year VA career and priorities for the LGBTQ+ Health Program.

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Drs. Kent D. Hinkson Jr., Rachele Lipsky, and Alan Sheinfil


Meet the New SC MIRECC Fellows

Our new Fellows have arrived! We welcome Drs. Kent D. Hinkson Jr., Rachele Lipsky, and Alan Sheinfil to our Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. The Fellows tell us about their educational backgrounds, research interests, mentors, and more.

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Consulting with MIDAS: What Is It Really Like?

MIDAS (MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support) offers a no cost service to SC MIRECC affiliates in VISN 16 and San Antonio. Ellen Fischer, PhD and the MIDAS Consultation team provide a glimpse into the process of working with MIDAS for eligible users who are not familiar with the program. This is the first of three pieces that will describe prior collaborations with the MIDAS team. In this piece, the MIDAS team briefly describes MIDAS support for one of SC MIRECC’s rising research stars, Mary Shapiro, PhD.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar of Events November-December 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 Enhance Care for Veterans with Anxiety, Trauma, or Chronic Illnesses

New guide An Active Approach to Recovering from Trauma: Breaking the Cycle of Safety Aids and Avoidance helps Veterans identify behaviors that are keeping them stuck in their trauma recovery and learn a step-by-step method for changing them. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Strategies Guide for Anxiety and Trauma-Related Problems in Living includes information and treatment materials relevant to anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Updated Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support and Skills manuals address the physical and emotional issues faced by chronically ill patients.

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Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on equity-oriented dissemination and implementation research, brief cognitive behavioral therapy, military sexual trauma, and designing workplace stress management apps.

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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 January 3, 2023.

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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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