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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter - Summer 2023, Volume 25, Issue 3

In This Issue


The MIDAS Touch for Active Projects

MIDAS (MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support) offers no cost methodologic support to SC MIRECC affiliates in VISN 16 and San Antonio. Because not all eligible users are familiar with MIDAS, we have been providing a glimpse into the process of working with MIDAS. This issue's infographic piece briefly describes some types of more limited collaboration that MIDAS has provided in support of projects that are already underway.

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Meet the SC MIRECC Researcher: Patricia Chen, PhD

Dr. Patricia Chen, a qualitative methodologist with the HSR&D Center of Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) and an SC MIRECC affiliate in Houston, tells us about her professional background, research projects, and more.

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Increase Your Knowledge of Sexual Health Issues in VA with SC MIRECC National CBOC Mental Health Rounds Recorded Webinars in TMS

Our 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. Our archive of recorded webinars includes two trainings that can help clinicians increase their knowledge of sexual health issues in VA. One hour of CE per training is available for physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and counselors. Most webinars recorded in 2022-2023 also have ACPE for pharmacists. New webinars and recordings will also offer CRCC for rehabilitation counselors.

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SC MIRECC Consumer Advocacy Board Available for VISN 16 Veteran-Facing Projects

We are excited to announce the revitalization of our Consumer Advocacy Board (CAB). The board is comprised of Veteran stakeholders with various backgrounds and experiences. This well-established group of stakeholders have a wealth of knowledge and have spent the past 20 years advocating for Veterans and our efforts to better serve them. The CAB is available to provide valuable feedback about Veteran-facing projects at VA to researchers, educators, and clinicians in VISN 16.

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New Brief Guide to Presenting from a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Perspective

This guide is intended for use by faculty, staff and training scholars interested in creating presentations that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It provides three tips for presenters preparing general to research focused or data-driven presentations.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar of Events July-September 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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Updated Resource To Help Clinicians Manage Chronic Pain

Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain helps primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions.

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Publication Highlights

Check out recent publications from our affiliates on group-based implementation for video telemental health, dementia caregiving experiences, economic analyses of behavioral health intervention implementation in stakeholder engagement, and differences in anxiety sensitivity among Black and White Veterans.

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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 October 2, 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

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