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From 2017

Kate Hoerster to receive Early Career Investigator Award from Society of Behavioral Medicine 
February 2017
Kate Hoerster, PhD, MPH will receive the Early Career Investigator Award at the Presidential session of the 2017 Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in San Diego at the end of March. The award recognizes the nominee's total career achievements, including the publication of a representative paper.

Lynn Reinke recognized by VA Puget Sound Executive Office for American Academy of Nursing fellowship
January 2017
Lynn Reinke, PhD, ARNP was recognized at a January Facility Director’s staff meeting for being inducted into the 2016 class of Academy Fellows with the American Academy of Nursing. The Academy Fellows further the Academy’s mission of “transforming health policy and practice by applying our collective nursing knowledge”. 

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.

From 2016

Center representation at the 2016 Dissemination and Implementation in Health conference
 
December 2016 
Denver and Seattle COIN researchers presented in two panels and seven posters during the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health conference hosted by AcademyHealth and NIH in Washington D.C.

Baseline Clinician Interviews of Two De-Implementation Projects: Four Factors That Might Inform De-Implementation Strategies
Authors: Christian Helfrich, Krysttel Stryczek, David Au, Steven Zeliadt, George Sayre, Chris Gillespie
Type: Panel on Policy Topics - Prescription Drugs, Deimplementation, and Military Behavioral Health

Testing Un-Learning and Substitution Strategies to De-Implement Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes
Authors: Megan McCullough, Christine Hartmann, Helen Kales, Dan Berlowitz,  Teresa Hudson, Chris Gillespie, Christian Helfrich
Type: Panel on Policy Topics - Prescription Drugs, Deimplementation, and Military Behavioral Health

39: Improving Full Feature Use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy Smartphone App (poster)
Authors: Heather Reisinger, George Sayre, John Fortney, Greg Reger

130: Creating a Provider Survey to Assess Concepts Related to De-Implementation of Harmful or Ineffective Clinical Practices (poster)
Authors: Barb Majerczyk, Christian Helfrich, Edmunds Udris, Colby Lea

196: Key Factors in Program Sustainability of a New Model for Remote, Group-Based Provider-to-Provider Specialty-Care Consultations (poster)
Authors: Jessica Young, Christian Helfrich, Maureen Germani, Carol Simons, Bessie Young

203: Assessment of Contextual Factors Differentiating Hospitals Use of Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Appropriateness: Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) (poster)
Authors: Anne Lambert-Kerzner, Marina McCreight, Amy Ladebue, Katherine Williams, Kelty Fehling, Charles Maynard, Steve Bradley

216: Utilizing Multiple Frameworks to Design an Intervention to Improve the out-of-System Transitions of Care for Veterans (poster)
Authors: Marina McCreight, Roman Ayele, Emily Lawrence, Kelty B. Fehling, Jamie Peterson, Anne Lambert-Kerzner, Robert Burke, Borsika Rabin, Russell Glasgow, Steven Bradley, Catherine Battaglia

218: Provider Perceptions about Implementation of a Multi-Faceted Intervention to Improve Clopidogrel Adherence in the Veterans Health Administration (poster)
Authors: Marina McCreight, Anne Lambert-Kerzner, Hayden Bosworth, Hani Jneid, Saket Girotra, Steven Sedlis, Paul Grossman, Anthony Bavry, Christian HelfrichMichael Ho 

338: Reach and Effectiveness of Brief Alcohol Intervention for Patients Living with HIV in the VA: A National Implementation Evaluation (poster)
Authors: Emily C Williams, Gwen Lapham, Anna Rubinsky, Susan Shortreed

Steve Zeliadt awarded Best Research Paper of the Year by VA HSR&D 

November 2016 
Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH received this award for his article, "Attitudes and Perceptions about Smoking Cessation in the Context of Lung Cancer Screening", published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The article was chosen for several reasons including its impact on Veterans and the VA healthcare system. Dr. Zeliadt is one of two award recipients for 2016 and joins colleague Dr. Kari Nelson in being the second Seattle HSR&D recipient for this award.  Read the official announcement from VA HSR&D Central Office.

Andrew Zhou elected as a 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
November 2016 
Andrew Zhou, PhD, MSc was elected as a Fellow by his AAAS peers. This designation "honors members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues." Dr. Zhou is one of 391 Fellows to receive this AAAS honor in 2016 and one of 11 Fellows from the Section on Statistics.

AAAS publishes the scientific journal Science and is the world's largest general scientific society with over 120,000 members.

Center representation at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual (APHA) Meeting

October 2016 
Keren Lehavot, PhD presented on Promoting women's mental health in diverse settings as part of a larger session on Addressing A Mental Health Crisis: Innovative solutions for women in hard to reach populations at this year's APHA annual meeting in Denver, CO. 
Date: 10-31
Program: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights 

Five research proposals funded by VA HSR&D June cycle
October 2016
David Au, MD, MS of Seattle HSR&D will lead DVD Lifestyle Intervention (D-LITE) (IIR 15-364).    
Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS of Seattle HSR&D will lead Using mobile technology to improve participation in cardiac rehabilitation (CDA 16-150). 
Kristin Gray, PhD, of Seattle HSR&D will lead Enhancing social support to improve diabetes self-management among men and women Veterans (CDA 16-154). 
Alyson Littman, PhD of Seattle HSR&D will lead Evaluation of clinical trajectories and identification of modifiable risk factors to improve secondary prevention of amputation in Veterans with diabetes following an initial toe amputation (IIR 15-372). 
Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH of Seattle HSR&D will lead Promoting smoking cessation in lung cancer treatment screening through proactive treatment (IIR 16-071).

The Career Development Award (CDA) provides salary and/or project funds to support a 3 to 5 year program of research career development and mentoring. Awardees demonstrate a high degree of potential in their area of interest and a strong VA commitment. Drs. Beatty and Gray join an established group of CDA awardees and alumni within the Seattle-Denver COIN.

Christian Helfrich begins VA Puget Sound IRB service
October 2016 
Christian Helfrich, PhD, MPH began his service as a member of the VA Puget Sound Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research at VA Puget Sound and relies on the voluntary service of its members to complete these reviews.     

Lynn Reinke begins Health and Aging Policy Fellowship
September 2016
Lynn Reinke, PhD, ARNP was selected as 2016-2017 Health and Aging Policy Fellow in June and begins the program in the Fall. The Fellowship provides professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help ensure that the U.S. health care system can meet the needs of a rapidly increasing aging population.

Learn more about the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship.

Denver and Seattle welcome new PIs
September 2016
Denver HSR&D welcomes Stephen W. Waldo, MDJoseph A. Simonetti, MD, MPH, and Sridharan Raghavan, MD, PhD to their Center. Dr. Waldo was recently awarded a grant from Merck through the Investigators Studies Program (MISP) to explore temporal trends in management and clinical outcomes of acute limb ischemia within a national Veteran population. Dr. Simonetti recently completed a MD Fellowship with Seattle HSR&D and his research focus is on the prevention of firearm-related injuries and community and clinic-based strategies for suicide prevention. Dr. Raghavan is a hospitalist at the Denver VA whose research focuses on prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes and how both impact cardiovascular disease.   

Seattle HSR&D welcomes Jacob A. Doll, MD and Susan P.Y. Wong, MD. Dr. Doll is an interventional cardiologist at VA Puget Sound and his research focuses on improving outcomes after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), including though medication adherence. Dr. Wong a nephrologist at VA Puget Sound and her research includes ways to improve palliative care services. 

Farewell to Denver PIs Steve Bradley and Evelyn Hutt 
August 2016
Steve Bradley, MD, MPH is joining the Center for Healthcare Delivery Innovation within the Minneapolis Heart Institute. Dr. Bradley served VA as a clinician, HSR&D MD Fellow, and HSR&D Career Development Awardee and worked at both VA Puget Sound in Seattle and VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver.

Evelyn Hutt, MD retired in August after 13 years of well-regarded research service to VA and Denver HSR&D.

Research about patients trying to reduce opioid use attracts media attention
August 2016
Interviews with 24 patients highlighted several themes, including the importance of social support from family and friends and health care provider support while tapering off from opioid use.

The research is described in the journal article, Patients Perspectives on Tapering of Chronic Opioid Therapy: A Qualitative Study, published in the May issue of Pain Medicine. First author Joseph Frank, MD, is an investigator with the Denver HSR&D Center and a HSR&D Career Development Awardee focusing on the safe, effective management of chronic pain in primary care settings.

Chicago Tribune: Why kicking the opioid habit can be so tough (7-21-2016)
Denver Post: CU, VA researchers explore barriers to reducing opioid use for pain (5-26-2016) 
PubMed abstract

Center representation at the 2016 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
June 2016
Denver and Seattle researchers presented dozens of posters and participated in the following podium sessions at the 2016 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in Denver, CO: 

How Delivery and Payment Reforms Impact Cost and Quality
Date: 6-26
Theme: Measuring Safety, Quality, and Value
Edwin Wong, PhD, MA served as Discussant
Kari Nelson’s abstract, Elements of the Patient Centered Medical Home Associated with Clinical Quality: Evidence for Access, Continuity and Care Coordination, was one of four discussed

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Research Agenda and Roundtable on Integrating Findings in Major Federal Healthcare Evaluations
Date: 6-26
Theme: Special session
Kari Nelson, MD, MSHS served as one of four speakers

Design, Sampling and Classification Issues in Patient-Oriented Research
Date: 6-27
Theme: Methods
Paul Hebert, PhD served as Discussant

Three research proposals funded by VA HSR&D Dec cycle
May 2016
Eric Hawkins, PhD of Seattle HSR&D will lead Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile Application for Self-management of Unhealthy Alcohol Use (PPO 15-410-2).
Paul Hebert, PhD of Seattle HSR&D will lead Financial vs. Non-financial Incentives for Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance: A Randomized Controlled Trial (IIR 15-459-2).

Joseph Frank, MD of Denver HSR&D received a Career Development Award to research Development and testing of a prescription opioid tapering intervention (CDA 15-059-3). The Career Development Award provides salary and/or project funds to support a 3 to 5 year program of research career development and mentoring. Awardees demonstrate a high degree of potential in their area of interest and a strong VA commitment. Dr. Frank joins an established group of CDA awardees and alumni within the Seattle-Denver COIN.

Farewell to Seattle HSR&D Senior Research Career Scientist, Gayle Reiber
April 2016
Gayle Reiber, PhD, MPH retired in April after 25 years of well-regarded research service to VA and Seattle HSR&D.

Jason Dominitz appointed as Section Head for Gastroenterology for VA Puget Sound
April 2016
In announcing this appointment, VA Puget Sound Acting Chief of Staff Dr. Catherine Kaminetzky described Dr. Dominitz as, “an exceptional leader at VA Puget Sound and in his role as VA National Program Director for Gastroenterology”.

Paul Hebert receives seed funding from VA Puget Sound R&D
March 2016
Paul Hebert, PhD and team will use the seed funding to gather pilot data on the optimal incentive structure to encourage and improve Veterans' physical activity. The VA Puget Sound R&D seed funding program began in January 2016.

American Lung Association awards funding to David Au and Laura Feemster
February 2016
Seattle HSR&D researchers David Au, MD, MS and Laura Feemster, MD, MS co-lead the Pacific Northwest Airways group that is a member of the American Lunch Association Airways Clinical Research Center (ACRC) Network. The ACRC Network, formerly known as the Asthma Clinical Research Centers, is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment research.

VA Rural Transitions Program selected as a finalist in VA Promising Practices Consortium competition
February 2016
The VA Rural Transitions Program lead by Denver HSR&D researcher Bob Burke, MD and Research Transitions RN Coordinator Lynette Kelly, was one of 16 selected as a finalist from over 230 submissions nationwide. The VA Rural Transitions Program is a nurse-led intervention that improves post-discharge outcomes for rural Veterans hospitalized at tertiary VA hospitals.

The Promising Practices Consortium is a new platform where anyone in VHA can share successful operational, clinical, and programmatic practices, and learn from others’ experiences in key strategic areas that align with the priorities of the Under Secretary for Health.

SGIM Northwest awards Lauren Beste Clinician Investigator of the Year at Regional Meeting
February 2016
The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Northwest Region awarded Seattle HSR&D researcher Lauren Beste, MD, MS Clinician Investigator of the Year. The award highlights outstanding Junior Clinician Investigators who are active members of SGIM, either at the regional or national level, and have displayed innovation and excellence in research and/or policy development.

Seattle HSR&D researchers contribute to The Gerontologist journal supplement on women Veterans
January 2016
The supplement, Women Veterans in the Women’s Health Initiative, included first authored papers or editorials from Seattle HSR&D researchers Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH, Kristen Gray, PhD, MS, Jodie Katon, MS, PhD, Keren Lehavot, PhD and Gayle Reiber, PhD, MPH. Additional Seattle HSR&D and VA Puget Sound researchers contributed as authors, reviewers, and in an advisory capacity.

Visit The Gerontologist Supplement website for the free full text articles.

From 2015

Five research proposals funded by VA HSR&D June cycle
October 2015
Steven M. Bradley, MD, MPH of Denver HSR&D will lead Appropriate Use of Cardiovascular Procedures to Optimize Healthcare Value (IIR 14-338-2).
Liron Caplan, MD, PhD of Denver HSR&D will lead Secondary Event Prevention using Population Risk Management After PCI (IIR 14-048-3).
Vince Fan, MD, MPH of Seattle HSR&D will lead Understanding Patient Management of COPD Exacerbation (IIR 14-060-3).
Lynn Reinke, PhD, ARNP of Seattle HSR&D will lead Palliative Care Interventions for Outpatients Newly Diagnosed with Lung Cancer: Phase II, funded by the VA Nursing Research Initiative (NRI).

Jodie Katon, PhD of Seattle HSR&D will research Women Veterans' VA Maternity Care Utilization, Satisfaction, and Health Outcomes (CDA 13-266-3).

The Career Development Award provides salary and/or project funds to support a 3 to 5 year program of research career development and mentoring. Awardees demonstrate a high degree of potential in their area of interest and a strong VA commitment. Dr. Katon joins an established group of CDA awardees and alumni within the Seattle-Denver COIN.

New York Times article on chronic kidney disease diagnosis includes insights from Seattle HSR&D clinician researcher
September 2015
Seattle HSR&D researcher and VA Puget Sound nephrologist, Ann O'Hare, MD, contributed to the article which examines whether international guidelines for diagnosing chronic kidney disease should be recalibrated by age.

New York Times: For older adults, questioning a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (9-14-2015) 

Lung screening research attracts media attention including New York Times
September 2015
Media attention surrounding the article "Attitudes and perceptions about smoking cessation in the context of lung cancer screening" has grown since the article was published in JAMA in August 2015. Lead author and researcher, Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH, was interviewed by KUOW 94.9, a National Public Radio member station in Seattle, WA and for the New York Times blog "Well" that focuses on health, fitness, and nutrition. The British national daily newspaper, The Guardian, is the first mainstream international news source to cover the article.  

KUOW 94.9: Lung cancer screening alone doesn't make smokers quit (9-14-2015)  
The Guardian: Do lung cancer scans deter smokers from giving up? (9-8-2015)
New York Times blog post: Lung screening may not push smokers to quit (9-7-2015)

Lung screening research published in JAMA, receives praise from VA Chief Medical Officer
August 2015
The article, "Attitudes and perceptions about smoking cessation in the context of lung cancer screening", by Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH et al., explains that healthcare professionals should be aware that the opportunity for early detection of lung cancer may be interpreted by patients as a way of avoiding the harms of smoking. The authors suggest that providers focus on the emotional response to screening rather than clinical details (e.g., nodule size) and address misperceptions about the value of early detection so that screening does not lower motivation to quit smoking.      

Click here for the PubMed abstract.
Click here for the full text article from JAMA. 

Dr. Zeliadt received a personal congratulation from VA Chief Medical Officer (and former Interim Under Secretary for Health) Carolyn M. Clancy, MD regarding the publication.

Alcohol screening research published in Journal of General Internal Medicine
August 2015
The first article, "Association between receipt of brief alcohol intervention and quality of care among Veteran outpatients with unhealthy alcohol use", by Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH, Gwen Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW, and Emily Williams, PhD, MPH looked at two sample groups of VA patients. The first group screened positive for unhealthy alcohol use, later reported receiving a brief alcohol intervention from their provider, and completed VA’s patient satisfaction survey. The second group screened positive for unhealthy alcohol use, but did not report receiving a brief alcohol intervention from their provider, and completed VA's patient satisfaction survey. The patients in the first group were more likely to report high quality of care based on two measures of quality than patients in the second group. Findings from this study do not support providers’ concerns that delivering alcohol-related interventions adversely affects patients’ perceptions of care.

Click here for the PubMed abstract.
Click here for the full text article from the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  

The second article, "Factors underlying quality problems with alcohol screening prompted by a clinical reminder in primary care: a multisite qualitative study", by Emily Williams, PhD, MPH et al. identified factors that might contribute to low sensitivity of clinical alcohol screening in VA clinics. The study found that alcohol screening was primarily conducted verbally, and that questions were not asked verbatim and were otherwise adapted. Based on findings, we suggest some strategies for improving the quality of VA’s alcohol screening, including non-verbal approaches to screening, or patient self-administration, which may enhance validity and standardization of screening while simultaneously addressing limitations of the clinical reminder and issues related to perceived discomfort. 

Click here for the PubMed abstract.
Click here for the full text article from the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  

Alcohol screening and brief intervention are widely recommended practices for primary care settings and VA serves as a leader in both areas. These research findings are likely to inform other non-VA health care systems as they implement similar practices.  

Seattle and Denver researchers to lead three new QUERI Programs  
July 2015
The VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) program recently responded to changing VA priorities by updating its Center infrastructure to help VA more rapidly implement research findings into clinical practice. As a result, 12 new QUERI Programs have been approved for funding starting in FY2016, each focusing on a specific impact goal directly aligned with a VA national priority, and supported by a coalition of operations partners through projects that involve essential areas of disease or condition expertise, quality improvement, and implementation science.

Denver PI Michael Ho, MD, PhD will lead the Triple Aim QUERI Program.

Seattle PI John Fortney, PhD, will lead the Virtual Specialty Care QUERI Program: Implementing and Evaluating Technology-Facilitated Clinical Interventions to Improve Access to High-Quality Specialty Care for Rural Veterans.

PIs David Au, MD, MS and Christian Helfrich, PhD, MPH from Seattle and PI Adam Rose, MD, MSc from the HSR&D Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) in Boston, will lead the Improving Safety and Quality through Evidence-based De-implementation of Ineffective Diagnostics and Therapeutics Program.

Read more about the new QUERI Programs.

Seattle HSR&D office closure from June 29 - July 3

June 2015
The Seattle HSR&D offices will be closed during the week of June 29 - July 3 for an office move. All phone numbers and the official mailing address (1660 S. Columbian Way, S-152, Seattle WA 98108) remain unchanged. The office will reopen on July 6.

Academic promotions for Ann O'Hare, Emily Williams, and Bessie Young
April 2015
Effective July 1, Ann O'Hare, MD and Bessie Young, MD, MPH will be promoted to Professor within the University of Washington Department of Medicine and Emily Williams, PhD, MPH, will be promoted to Associate Professor within the University of Washington Department of Health Services. 

Two research proposals funded by VA HSR&D December cycle
April 2015
David Bekelman, MD, PhD of Denver HSR&D will study Palliative Care to Improve Quality of Life in CHF and COPD and Kari Nelson, MD, MSHS of Seattle HSR&D will study Vet COACH (Veteran peer Coaches Optimizing and Advancing Cardiac Health).  

Three Career Development Awards funded by VA HSR&D 
April 2015
Congratulations to Denver HSR&D researcher Robert Burke, MD and Seattle HSR&D researchers Kate Hoerster, PhD, MPH and Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH who received Career Development Award (CDA) funding by VA HSR&D. Dr. Burke's CDA investigates Improving Transitional Care for Veterans Discharged to Post-acute Care Facilities, Dr. Hoerster's CDA examines MOVE!+UP: Improving MOVE! For Veterans with PTSD Using Peer Support, and Dr. Callegari's CDA investigates Reproductive Planning for Women Veterans.

The Career Development Award provides salary and/or project funds to support a 3 to 5 year program of research career development and mentoring. Awardees demonstrate a high degree of potential in their area of interest and a strong VA commitment. Drs. Burke, Hoerster, and Callegari join an established group of CDA awardees and alumni within the Seattle-Denver COIN.

Seattle-Denver HSR&D funded to evaluate the implementation of the Veterans Choice Act
March 2015
The Seattle-Denver HSR&D Center of Innovation was selected as one of the sites that will assist VA in evaluating the implementation of the
Veterans Choice Act. This work will be used by VA leadership to help ensure the goals of the Veterans Choice Act are fully realized. Results will be used to inform care delivery and key Veteran outcomes, including access, experience, satisfaction, and overall health, and to ultimately learn how VA and non-VA care can work effectively on behalf of Veterans.

The project, A mixed-methods, multi-site evaluation of the implementation of the Veterans Choice Act, is funded by VA HSR&D QUERI (Quality Enhancement Research Initiative) and led by investigators in Denver, Drs. Michael Ho, Catherine Battaglia, Steve Bradley, Anne Lambert-Kerzner; In Seattle, Drs. David Au, Christian Helfrich, and John Fortney; and in Cleveland, Drs. David Aron and Susan Kirsch. A complete list of funded applications is available here.   

Denver HSR&D awarded funding for PhD and MD Fellowship Programs
March 2015
The Denver HSR&D Fellowship Program was recently selected for funding after a competitive application process and is eligible for recruitment for the academic year 2015-2016. The PhD Fellowship is Co-Chaired by Catherine Battaglia, PhD, RN and Allan Prochazka, MD, MSc.

Seattle HSR&D awarded continued funding for PhD and MD Fellowship Programs 
March 2015
The
Seattle HS&D Fellowship Program successfully recompeted and received funding for another five year cycle. 98 MD Fellows and 27 Post-doctorate PhD Fellows have been trained through the Seattle HSR&D Fellowship Program since it began in 1982. The program provides trainees a highly structured and supported research training program, access to a large and productive HSR&D Center of Innovation investigators, world class Schools of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Washington, and an essential critical mass of current fellows and faculty that consistently produces outstanding trainees. 

Karin Nelson awarded Best Research Paper of the Year by VA HSR&D
January 2015
Karin Nelson, MD, MSHS, is the first recipient of the HSR&D Best Research Paper of the Year award for her article, "Implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home in the Veterans Health Administration: Associations with Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Care, Staff Burnout, and Hospital and Emergency Department Use", published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The article was chosen for several reasons including its relevance to both VA and health systems in general, its rigorous methodology, as well as the utility of its results and their rapid adoption within VA. Read the official announcement from VA HSR&D Central Office.

From 2014

Emily Williams completes Implementation Research Institute (IRI) fellowship   
Emily Williams, PhD, MPH, completed a fellowship with the Implementation Research Institute (IRI) that offers a learning collaborative in which fellows receive two weeks of state-of-the-art training in implementation science and methods, as well as individualized mentoring to help them shape a research agenda in implementation science. The IRI fellowship also supports a site visit to an implementation research setting, ongoing mentorship throughout the year, and attendance at the NIH-funded Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Conference. Dr. Williams completed the training, site visit with co-primary mentor Alex Sox-Harris, maintained ongoing communications with IRI mentors and implementation experts, Greg Aarons and Brian Mittman, and presented a poster at the D&I conference in Washington DC on December 8, 2014.

The Implementation Research Institute (IRI) at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis is supported through an award from the National Institute of Mental Health (R25 MH080916-01A2) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, HSR&D Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).

Lynn Reinke selected into Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program  
Lynn Reinke, ARNP, PhD, is one of ten palliative care researchers to be selected into the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program and is the only awardee employed full time by VA. Funded by the Cambia Health Foundation, the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is a new initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. The program seeks to support outstanding emerging faculty and clinicians by investing in their professional development. Sojourns Scholars receive $180,000 in funding to conduct an innovative impactful clinical, research, education or policy project in the field of palliative care.

Research proposal by Steve Zeliadt funded in VA HSR&D June cycle 
Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH, will study Integrating Smoking Cessation with Lung Cancer Screening.

Lynn Reinke presented with New Investigator Award by HPNA 
Lynn Reinke, ARNP, PhD, was presented with the New Investigator Award by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) in March. The New Investigator research award recognizes a nurse in the beginning of his/her research career who has done quality research as the principle investigator.

Farewell to Seattle Associate Director Mike Chapko
Michael Chapko, PhD, retired in February after 20 years of well-regardrd research service to VA and Seattle HSR&D.   

From 2013

Two research proposals funded in VA HSR&D Dec cycle 
Fen Liu, PhD, MPH, will examine Optimizing the Value of Primary Care Delivered by Nurse Practitioners which was funded on the first submission - a rare treat! Xiao-Hua Andrew Zhou, PhD, MSc, will investigate Improving Statistical Disclosure Methods for Protecting Confidential VA Health Data (IIR 13-330).

Three research proposals funded in VA HSR&D June cycle  
David Au, MD, MS, will explore Integrating Care After Exacerbation of COPD (InCasE) (IIR 12-130); Vince Fan, MD, MPH, will investigate a Video-to-Home Inhaler Training Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (PPO 13-384); and Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH, will research A novel approach to measuring costs and efficacy: Lung nodules as a case study (IIR 12-065). 
   

Academic promotions for Fen Liu and Steve Zeliadt
Fen Liu, PhD, MPH, was promoted to Research Professor within the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. Steve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH, was promoted to Research Associate Professor within the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington.

Updated version of VA/DoD Collaboration Guidebook for Healthcare Research 
Gayle Reiber, PhD, MPH, and colleagues released an updated edition of the VA/DoD Collaboration Guidebook for Healthcare Research. The purpose of this guidebook is to help facilitate collaborative human subject healthcare research between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). Click here to learn more.

Two Career Development Awards funded by VA HSR&D
Congratulations to Emily Williams, PhD, MPH, and Edwin Wong, PhD, MA, who received Career Development Award (CDA) funding by VA HSR&D. Dr. Williams's CDA investigates Implementation Research for Evidence-based Care for Alcohol Dependence and Dr. Wong's CDA examines the Economic Impact of Dual Use and Patient Choice in Primary Care.

The Career Development Award provides salary and/or project funds to support a 3 to 5 year program of research career development and mentoring. Awardees demonstrate a high degree of potential in their area of interest and a strong VA commitment. Drs. Williams and Wong expect to start their CDA projects in Fall 2013 and join an established group of CDA awardees and alumni within the Seattle-Denver COIN.