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Dr. Katherine Hoerster and Dr. Kristen Gray published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine, it might be worth noting that we co-wrote it with our operational partner Sue Raffa, the VA’s National Program Director for Weight Management.  

The piece comments on the important role of virtual weight management services during the pandemic, highlighting VA’s success with offering virtual weight management services.

Dr. Heather Gilmartin had a blog post on Academy Health about her research on working from home and loneliness during the pandemic. 

She is also doing a VA study on this. If you are a VA employee, you can complete it here.

Big congrats to Denver COIN researcher, Dr. Roman Ayele! She has been chosen as a CICADA Scholar by Penn LDI.

Her CICADA pilot will study end-of-life health care utilization patterns among veteran decedents with dementia, with an eye to race/ethnicity differences. 

Dr. Roman Ayel also just had another first author paper

Congratulations to Dr. Linnaea Schuttner is lead author of “Association of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Implementation with Chronic Disease Quality in Patients with Multimorbidity” in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

In an observational study of Veterans with multiple chronic diseases, those seen at VA primary care clinics with greater implementation of the patient-centered medical home model (PACT) were found to have better measures of quality of care.  

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Wong, assistant professor (Nephrology), on receiving a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Awards!

Project title: “Promoting Goal Concordant Care among Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease”

Dr. Keren Lehavot’s Health for Every Veteran Study 
The goal of the Health for Every Veteran Study is to better understand the experiences of Veterans from all backgrounds and promote their health and well-being. We are interested in hearing the diverse voices within our communities. The study is being conducted by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. It consists of completing a confidential, web-based questionnaire every 9 months for approximately 2 years (for a total of 4 questionnaires). All research activities are completed online, with no in-person visits required.

Dr. Claire Richards has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane, where she will continue to focus her research on seriously-ill patients. In particular, Dr. Richards will focus her work on how health services can best support patients with serious illnesses and their families in the context of environmental disasters. Seattle Denver COIN researchSeattle Denver COIN Research

Congratulations to Emily Williams on her excellent editorial in JAMA Network Open about the other Epidemic, unhealthy alcohol use!

Well done Emily, you make us proud!  

Congratulations to George Ioannou on receiving funding from CSR&D for his project entitled Risk Factors and Prediction Models of Adverse Outcomes in Veterans with COVID-19

Our own Vince Fan is a co-investigator.  Nice going George and Vince!  

Congratulations to Kate Hoerster, Andy Saxon and Emily Williams on their letter in the Seattle Times entitled “Coronavirus: go easy on the quarantinis.”

Which one of you came up with that brilliant and poetic title?

Congratulations to Dr. Bessie Young on being selected for the 2020-2021 class of the Hedwig Van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program!

Nice going Bessie!

Congratulations to Dr. Haverhals on successfully defending her PhD thesis (“You can’t just hope for the best: A case study of Department of Veterans Affairs home-based long-term care programs and non-VA long-term care settings in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria”) in Health and Behavioral Sciences! 

A fantastic accomplishment Leah! 

Congratulations to Emily Williams and Paul Hebert and for theirt promotions to the rank of Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington!

This is a really big deal!!!  Thank you both for giving us something wonderful to celebrate!!!

  Congratulations to Emily Williams and Paul Hebert and for theirt promotions to the rank of Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington! 

This is a really big deal!!!  Thank you both for giving us something wonderful to celebrate!!!
Check out this cool study by Kari Nelson and colleagues profiled on the national ORD website.

The study elicited clinician perspectives on the CAN score and was published in April 2019 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Nice going Kari!

Congratulations to Kate Hoerster and colleagues for securing grant funding under the University of Washington Population Health Initiative for their innovative study entitled Participatory Active Transportation for Health in South Seattle (PATHSS)

Dr. Hoerster’s team will use community based participatory research to promote “active transportation” (walking, biking, wheelchair travel and/or taking public transit) in South Seattle.  Keep up the great work Kate! 

Check this out by Kate Hoerster and her friend Dori Rosenberg in Seattle Times! Exercise away the coronavirus blues
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Wong for being awarded the HSR&D best paper of the year award for her paper on forgoing dialysis in Veterans!

Susan Wong, MD, MS, is the recipient of the 2019 HSR&D Best Research Paper of the Year Award, which honors a single article or collection of articles resulting from one or more HSR&D- or QUERI-funded investigations. Research studies also must involve Veterans, with results that are important to Veterans’ health and care, and to the VA healthcare system.
Congratulations Luke! Center Investigator Lucas Donovan awarded VA HSR&D Career Development Award

Up to 50% of Veterans are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that reduces quality of life and raises risks for important cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities. Matched with this demand, VA has a limited supply of existing sleep specialists. Dr. Donovan was recently awarded a 5-year $1.25 million career development award from HSR&D to study the impact of remote delivery of OSA diagnostic and treatment services. Dr. Donovan’s work will focus on effectiveness, experience, and costs relative to referring Veterans to non-VA community care specialists