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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Spring 2023, Volume 25, Issue 2

In This Issue

Laurel Franklin, Kristin Ward, Claire Houtsma, Mark Kunik, Anthony Ecker, Derrecka Boykin, Michael Cucciare, and Kristen Sorocco



We are pleased to announce and celebrate the achievements of our SC MIRECC Award recipients. Please help us congratulate these awardees!

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Increase Your Culturally Responsive Care with SC MIRECC National CBOC Mental Health Rounds Recorded Webinars in TMS

SC MIRECC National CBOC Mental Health Grand Rounds webinars provide continuing education (CE) training on evidence-based practices, research, and new issues in mental health to VA clinicians who work with rural and underserved Veterans. An archive of recorded webinars includes six trainings that can help clinicians increase their knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in VA. One hour of CE per training is available for physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and counselors (JA IPCE, ACCME, ANCC, APA, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED SW). Starting in 2022, most recorded webinars also have ACPE credit for pharmacists. 

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar of Events April-June 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 and Updated Resources for Depression and Trauma Exposure

Living with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day is a self-help workbook for mild to moderate depression that provides an alternative that may better fit into Veterans’ busy lives. Pro Tips for Coaching webSTAIR: A Transdiagnostic Web-based Program for Veterans Exposed to Trauma is a training manual that aims to increase the reach of webSTAIR to Veterans with mild-to-moderate levels of trauma-related symptoms.

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Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on the cost-effectiveness of videoconference-delivered depression care for older adults, an electronically delivered benzodiazepine cessation program, use of a safety aid treatment among underserved Veterans, and the economic costs of implementing telemedicine outreach for PTSD.

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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 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 VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov.

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