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Funded Research Activities

Three new pilot research projects submitted by VISN 4 investigators have been recommended for funding from the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation.  These one-year projects focus on improving equity and/or quality in health and health care among Veterans. Awards are anticipated to begin in FY19, contingent upon availability of funding from VISN4.

Congratulations to:

• Leslie Hausmann, PhD,  Determining the Feasibility of Using Natural Language Processing to Identify Source of Patient Perceptions of Discrimination from Provider Notes
• Lena Makaroun, MD, MS, Describing Characteristics and Identifying Potential Risk Factors for Older Veterans Who May be Experiencing Abuse or Neglect
• Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, Disparities in Treatment Patterns and Survivorship Care Among Veterans with Advanced Prostate Cancer


A key goal of the HSR&D funded Center of Innovation (COIN) program is for all Centers to support research leading to improvements in the care of vulnerable populations. The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) has a critical mass of multidisciplinary investigators with specialized expertise in the field of health equity. Details of CHERP Investigators' current funded research activites are listed below.

You may also visit the VA HSR&D site to view all funded studies. 


Project ID Project Title Funding Source PI Name Co-Investigators Project Start Date Project End Date
CDA 15-065 Evaluating Connected Health Approaches to Improving the Health of Veterans HSR&D M. Patel   10/2016 9/2020
CDA 13-260 Implementation of Brief Treatments for Insomnia in Primary Care HSR&D A. Bramoweth   4/2016 3/2021
CDA 14-408 Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use Among Transgender Veterans HSR&D J. Blosnich   3/2016 2/2021
CDA 14-411 Improving Transitional Care for Veterans Discharged to Post-Acute Care Facilities HSR&D R. Burke     9/2020
IIR 12-409 Remote Ambulatory Management of Veterans with Sleep Apnea HSR&D S. Kuna   2/2017 1/2020
IIR 14-306 De-Intensifying Unnecessary Medications in VA CLC Residents Nearing End of Life HSR&D C. Thorpe   5/2016 7/2019
IIR 15-095 Primary Care Quality and Homeless Service Tailoring HSR&D S. Kertesz   7/2016 6/2020
IIR 15-142 Intimate Partner Violence:  Patient Characteristics, Service Use and Experiences HSR&D M. Dichter   10/2015  9/2018
IIR 14-080 Comparative Effectiveness of Delivery Methods for Caregiver Support and Education HSR&D S. Mavandadi   10/2015  9/2019
IIR 15-143 Incorporating Veterans Preferences into Lung Cancer Screening Decision HSR&D M. Schapira   3/2017 2/2020
IIR 12-407 Using Peer Mentors to Support PACT Team Efforts to Improve Diabetes Control HSR&D J. A. Long D. A. Asch; J. A. Shea; R. M. Werner 4/2014 3/2018
IIR 13-080 Staying Positive: An Intervention to Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain Disparities HSR&D L. R. Hausmann R. M. Gallagher; S. A. Ibrahim 10/2014 3/2018
IIR 13-332 Comparison of E-Health vs. In-Person Delivered Family Psychoeducation Treatment HSR&D A. J. Rotondi M. J. Chinman; S. A. Ibrahim; 1/2015 5/2018
IIR 13-334 Identifying and Measuring Risk for Homelessness Among Veterans HSR&D A. E. Montgomery M. E. Dichter 7/2015 6/2018
IIR 14-077 Costs and Outcomes of Chronic Heart Disease Care in the VHA HSR&D P. W. Groeneveld   2/2015 1/2018
IIR 14-297 Safety of Opioid Use Among Veterans Receiving Care in Multiple Health Systems HSR&D W. F. Gellad M. J. Fine; C. B. Good; J. T. Hanlon; L. R. Hausmann; M. K. Mor; C. T. Thorpe; J. M. Thorpe; X. Zhao; 2/2015 3/2018
SDR 16-238 Center- PRIME Care (PRecision medicine In MEntal health care) HSR&D D. Oslin   7/2016 3/2021
Other VA            
D1157-R Integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Improve Work Outcomes in Schizophrenia RR&D S. L. Sayers   10/2012 9/2018
Federal Non-VA
K24AG047908 Midcareer Mentoring Award for Patient-Oriented Research in Aging AHRQ R. M. Werner   9/2014 4/2019
K24AR055259 Racial Disparity in the Utilization of Joint Replacement for Osteoarthritis NIAMS S. A. Ibrahim   8/2007 7/2019
R01AA022353 Preparing to Run Effective Prevention (PREP) NIAAA M. J. Chinman   9/2013 6/2018
R01HS023615 Market Organization Impact on Medical Technology Diffusion: Outcomes and Value AHRQ P. W. Groeneveld R. M. Werner 9/2014 8/2018
R01HS024266 The Effectiveness of Post-Acute Care AHRQ R. M. Werner   9/2015 9/2018
R18HL107217 Implementation of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for At-Risk Families NHLBI   P. W. Groeneveld 8/2011 7/2016
XNV 72-199 Effectiveness of Collaborative Goal-Setting Versus IMPaCT Community Health Worker Support for Improving Chronic Disease Outcomes PCORI J. A. Long   9/2014 8/2017
XNV 72-222 Behavioral Economics in Provider Incentive Design The Commonwealth Fund   A. Navathe; K. G. Volpp 8/2015 6/2017
Training Programs
TPS 72-000 VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment OAA A. J. Gordon L. M. Broyles 7/2013 6/2018
Core/Center/Administrative Projects
CIN 13-403 Center for Healthcare Organizaation and Implementation Research (CHOIR) HSR&D   J. T. Hanlon 10/2013 9/2018
XVA 72-897 Center to Improve Patient-Centered Care and Reduce Disparities in Care Delivered by PACT Office of Patient Care   J. A. Long; R. M. Werner; L. R. Hausmann 10/2014 9/2019