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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Winter 2023, Volume 25, Issue 1

In This Issue

CBOC Mental Health Grand Rounds Offers No-Cost CE to VA Clinicians Nationwide

Our CBOC Mental Health Grand Rounds webinar series provides education that is focused the unique geographic needs of Veterans and clinicians in VA community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) and rural settings. The valuable content of the sessions is also pertinent to clinicians at VA medical centers, Vet Centers, and telehealth hubs, all of whom are welcome to attend.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar of Events January-March 2023

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 Resource for Veterans Who are Thinking about Bariatric Surgery and Want to Improve Their Mental Health Skills and Environment

Bariatric surgery can have a positive impact on Veterans’ health and well-being. Bariatric Surgery: A Path to Success is for Veterans who are thinking about bariatric surgery and want to gain mental health skills and make their environments healthier. Their behaviors and mental health will directly affect outcomes of bariatric surgery.

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Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on acceptance and commitment therapy to improve retention in care for out-of-care persons with HIV, using data science to improve outcomes for persons with opioid use disorder, Veteran community reintegration, and integrating trauma and health psychology.

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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 3, 2023.

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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, 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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