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Feature Image: VA doctors seek to harness AI

VA doctors seek to harness AI

VA CHERP researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) to pinpoint subgroups of Veterans at high risk of hospitalization or death and match patients with the right types of care.
(published: 09/28/2021)

Feature Image: Surgical Pause Saving Veterans Lives

Surgical Pause Saving Veterans Lives

CHERP's Daniel Hall developed a tool to screen frail elderly Veterans before surgery. At Omaha VAMC, mortality rates among frail Veterans scheduled for surgery dropped from 25% to 8%.
(published: 09/22/2021)

Feature Image: Health Equity key to High Reliability

Health Equity key to High Reliability

Health equity has been largely absent from High Reliability Organizations in healthcare, but these disparities are antithetical to "zero harm." VA experts propose that equity is key to of all 5 HRO pillars.
(published: 09/20/2021)

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CHERP Pilot Projects FY22

CHERP pilot projects focus on advancing quality and health equity for vulnerable Veteran populations. CHERP COIN investigators mentor junior faculty to develop and expand their VA research careers.
(published: 08/18/2021)

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CHERP Honors Pride Month

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW and John Blosnich, PhD, MPH, are national leaders in research to identify and respond to needs of sexual and gender minority Veterans enrolled in VA.
(published: 06/29/2021)

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CHERP honors Juneteenth

VA CHERP Directors Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc and Judith A. Long, MD, honor Juneteenth with calls to action and renewed commitment to CHERPs mission to address racial disparities in health and health care for Veterans.
(published: 06/17/2021)

Feature Image: Contraception for Women Veterans

Contraception for Women Veterans

VA currently stipulates a 3-month maximum dispensing limit for all meds, including oral contraceptives. 12-month dispensing improves continuation, decreases coverage gaps, and reduces unintended pregnancy.
(published: 06/07/2021)

Feature Image: Outstanding Mentor Award to Matt Chinman, PhD

Outstanding Mentor Award to Matt Chinman, PhD

Matthew Chinman, PhD, named 2020 HSR&D Daniel Deykin Outstanding Mentor, annual award to an HSR&D researcher who exhibits outstanding dedication in mentoring the next generation of researchers.
(published: 05/10/2021)

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VISN4 CHERP Pilot

VISN4 investigators may apply for pilot project support for FY22 to inform future, larger HSR&D applications and other Veteran-centric research or quality improvement initiatives.
(published: 04/06/2021)

Feature Image: VHA Post-Transplant Care Success

VHA Post-Transplant Care Success

Research by CHERP investigators shows that patients receiving post-transplant care from VHA had dramatically higher survival rates than patients receiving non-VA care for years after their kidney transplant procedures.
(published: 03/25/2021)

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Register Now for Veterans Research Town Hall

VA Research Town Hall: benefits of VA research and Veteran participation; Q & A w Philadelphia VA leaders. Topics include research in cancer, kidney health, Whole Health, and Social Determinants of Health.
(published: 03/02/2021)

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Philadelphia Veterans Research Town Hall

A virtual Veterans research town hall will expand Veterans knowledge of active research projects at the Crescenz VAMC, and discuss participation in VA research in Philadelphia.
(published: 02/02/2021)

Feature Image: End of Life Care and Minority Veterans

End of Life Care and Minority Veterans

VA has identified and addressed health disparities in a wide range of clinical areas, but little research has focused on racial and ethnic differences in VA quality outcomes among seriously ill Veterans near end-of-life.
(published: 12/10/2020)

Feature Image: Launch your VA research career in Philadelphia

Launch your VA research career in Philadelphia

CHERP Philadelphia fellows come from a range of disciplines: health services research & policy, nursing, public health, social work, epidemiology, health economics, medical sociology, and other relevant fields.
(published: 11/06/2020)

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COVID-19 Health Disparities Reporting

CHERP's Utibe Essien, MD, MPH, in a new article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, demonstrates the underrepresentation of race data in COVID-19 health disparities reporting.
(published: 08/11/2020)

Feature Image: David Asch Career Achievement Award Academy Health

David Asch Career Achievement Award Academy Health

David Asch, MD, MBA, has won AcademyHealth's highest career award. A VA physician, he founded CHERP @ Crescenz VA Medical Center with Michael Fine, MD, MSc @ Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System 20 years ago.
(published: 06/30/2020)

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Major new project led by CHERP Investigators

VA QUERI has funded a 5-year, $5 million initiative, led by VA CHERP, to implement 4 evidence-based practices that catalyze the Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS) model in VISN 4, improving outcomes for older veterans.
(published: 05/01/2020)

Feature Image: CHERP VCAB Member Appointed to VA Central IRB

CHERP VCAB Member Appointed to VA Central IRB

Eugene Marsh, MA, member of the CHERP Philadelphia Veterans Community Advisory Board (VCAB), has been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Central Institutional Review Board (IRB).
(published: 04/16/2020)

Feature Image: Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research

Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research

The new Caring for Complex Chronic Conditions Research Group, led by CHERP's Ann-Marie Rosland, MD, MS, at the University of Pittsburgh, is now recruiting for postdoctoral fellows.
(published: 01/15/2020)

Feature Image: Inviting Philadelphia Veterans to Join VCAB

Inviting Philadelphia Veterans to Join VCAB

Philadelphia-area Veterans: CHERP Veterans Community Advisory Board is an independent body that helps researchers include values & preferences of Veterans vulnerable to health care disparities in their research.
(published: 01/08/2020)

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CHERP at 2019 HSR&D QUERI Meeting

A wide array of work by CHERP investigators and fellows will be presented during the 2019 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference this week. INNOVATION TO IMPACT: Research to Advance VA's Learning Healthcare Community
(published: 10/30/2019)

Feature Image: CHERP Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

CHERP Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Be the future of VA Research in one of CHERP's postdoctoral research fellowships. Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sites offer you the chance to make the difference for Veterans and VHA healthcare.
(published: 10/11/2019)

Feature Image: Rosland Article on Healthy Michigan Plan

Rosland Article on Healthy Michigan Plan

New JGIM article by Dr. Rosland, with U of Michigan team, shows that nearly 1 in 3 low-income people enrolled in Michigans expanded Medicaid program had a chronic illness that had never been diagnosed or treated.
(published: 09/30/2019)

Feature Image: Safety and value of medications for older adults

Safety and value of medications for older adults

New NIA funding for Radomski to design interventions to increase safety + decrease use of low-value meds for older adults who have multiple prescriptions, + see how reducing use affects patient outcomes and satisfaction.
(published: 09/20/2019)

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Women Veterans and Intimate Partner Violence

Research by Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW: Women Veterans' Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence. Its prevalence, impact, and how VHA IPV Assistance Program Coordinators connect Veterans with needed services.
(published: 09/16/2019)

Feature Image: Behavioral Scientist and VA Physician Mitesh Patel

Behavioral Scientist and VA Physician Mitesh Patel

Mitesh Patel, VA physician/researcher, received BX Award for Outstanding Practitioner. He launched worlds first behavioral design team embedded within operations of a health system at the University of Pennsylvania.
(published: 09/10/2019)

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Veterans Research Townhall

CHERP's Veterans Community Advisory Board Hosts Veterans Research Townhall at Philadelphia's Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center on Sept. 5, featuring Veterans and VA Research Experts. Welcoming Veterans and staff.
(published: 08/27/2019)

Feature Image: Screening for frailty saves lives

Screening for frailty saves lives

A simple, 30-second screening for frailty of Veterans considering surgery has already saved lives. Daniel Hall, MD, MDiv.,MHSC, is a VHA Shark Tank Finalist for his novel intervention to improve outcomes and care.
(published: 08/19/2019)

Feature Image: Better health, lower VA costs

Better health, lower VA costs

CHERP research shows 12-month oral contraceptive dispensing option will save VA costs and improve care and outcomes for Veterans. Article in JAMA Internal Medicine prompts national media attention.
(published: 07/24/2019)

Feature Image: PECASE to Walid Gellad

PECASE to Walid Gellad

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, has been named PECASE recipient, the highest honor awarded by the federal government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers.
(published: 07/10/2019)

Feature Image: Prostate Cancer Disparities in Treatment + Care

Prostate Cancer Disparities in Treatment + Care

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among US Veterans. CHERP investigators are leading a pilot study to examine race disparities to create new tools to improve care for African American patients.
(published: 04/01/2019)

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VISN4 Health Equity Research Pilot Funding

CHERP Pilot Project Funding for VISN4 early career investigators available for FY20. A VISN4 investigator may serve as Co-I for a junior investigator who has not yet received VA research funding. Deadline 5/15/19
(published: 03/05/2019)

Feature Image: Michael Fine, VA HSR&D Mentor of the Year

Michael Fine, VA HSR&D Mentor of the Year

Michael Fine, MD, MSc, is VA HSR&D Mentor of the Year. Director of CHERP 2001, Dr. Fine has mentored & trained 68 researchers at VA and the University of Pittsburgh, making a lasting impact on equitable healthcare.
(published: 02/04/2019)

Feature Image: Op-Ed Praises VA Achievements

Op-Ed Praises VA Achievements

Ending homelessness and curing and treating Hep C in Veterans are recent accomplishments by the staff of Crescenz VA Medical Center, CHERP's site in Philadelphia. Read op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
(published: 01/02/2019)

Feature Image: Reproductive health for women Veterans

Reproductive health for women Veterans

"Improved understanding of racial/ethnic differences in pregnancy attitudes would allow for more culturally relevant and inclusive counseling strategies," writes CHERP Associate Director Sonya Borrero, MD, MS.
(published: 11/29/2018)

Feature Image: CHERPs Werner Elected to Ntl Academy of Medicine

CHERPs Werner Elected to Ntl Academy of Medicine

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, Philadelphia VA Staff Physician and CHERP Core Investigator, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the nations highest honors in biomedicine.
(published: 10/19/2018)

Feature Image: Expert on vulnerable older Veterans joins CHERP

Expert on vulnerable older Veterans joins CHERP

Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH, a nationally recognized expert on function and health among socioeconomically vulnerable older Veterans, joins CHERP as Core Investigator and Crescenz VA Medical Center as Attending Physician.
(published: 10/01/2018)

Feature Image: Dr. Long Finalist in VA Shark Tank 2018

Dr. Long Finalist in VA Shark Tank 2018

Evidence shows Community Health Workers can build trust with fellow Veterans and address needs, resulting in consistent health improvement. Dr. Judith Long's innovation is a finalist in the VA Shark Tank Competition.
(published: 07/27/2018)

Feature Image: Blosnich VA ICARE Award

Blosnich VA ICARE Award

CHERP Investigator John Blosnich, PhD, MPH, has received the Award of Excellence from LGBT Veteran Services. His HSR&D Career Development award is the 1st to study transgender health across the VA.
(published: 06/20/2018)

Feature Image: High value care for high risk Veterans

High value care for high risk Veterans

Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, CHERP Core Investigator, leads a newly-funded study to apply clustering methods to VA data and identify key insights into how to tailor care for high-risk, high-need vulnerable Veteran patients.
(published: 06/01/2018)

Feature Image: From hospital to SNF for older Veterans

From hospital to SNF for older Veterans

Robert Burke, MD, MS, studies improving transitional care for older Veterans from hospital to skilled nursing facility. Dr. Burke recently joined VA CHERP, the UPENN faculty and Crescenz VA Medical Center.
(published: 05/04/2018)

Feature Image: Reducing Pain Disparities

Reducing Pain Disparities

To improve pain outcomes and reduce disparities in African American and white Veterans with knee arthritis, this pilot study tested an intervention of positive psychological skills.
(published: 04/03/2018)

Feature Image: Remote Veteran Apnea Management Platform

Remote Veteran Apnea Management Platform

REVAMP allows Veterans to access to their own treatment data, communicate directly with their provider via secure messaging, and see their sleep apnea treatment progress from the comfort of their own home.
(published: 03/08/2018)

Feature Image: Thorpe Research Paper of the Year

Thorpe Research Paper of the Year

An article in Annals of Internal Medicine by CHERP Investigator Joshua Thorpe, PhD, MPH, Dual Health Care System Use and High-Risk Prescribing in Patients with Dementia named VA HSR&D Research Paper of the Year.
(published: 02/21/2018)

Feature Image: VA PACT Improves Outcomes

VA PACT Improves Outcomes

This study demonstrated that the extent to which clinics had implemented components of VA PACT was associated with improvements in the quality of care for Veterans with chronic conditions over a four year period.
(published: 11/29/2017)

Feature Image: Penn Award to Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN

Penn Award to Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN

CHERP Core Investigator Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN, received the 2017 Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy, given annually for distinguished contribution to nursing through scholarly practice.
(published: 11/13/2017)

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Leadership Oppty: Chief, Office of Health Equity

The VA Office of Health Equity seeks a Chief Officer to lead the program to tackle health and health care disparities across the VA. VA Secretary Shulkin ranks health equity as a major priority in VHA.
(published: 09/22/2017)

Feature Image: Medical Care special issue on VA Health Equity

Medical Care special issue on VA Health Equity

Medical Care, in collaboration with national VA HSR&D Centers for Innovation focused on health equity CHERP and the Health Equity and HEROIC, has published a special issue VA Health Equity Research.
(published: 08/17/2017)

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VISN4 CHERP Pilot Projects FY18

Four pilot research projects submitted by VISN 4 investigators have been recommended for funding. These one-year projects focus on improving equity and/or quality in health and health care among Veterans.
(published: 08/08/2017)

Feature Image: Testing Positive Psychology for Arthritis Pain

Testing Positive Psychology for Arthritis Pain

CHERP study engaged patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis to build positive psychological skills. Improving symptom severity and psychosocial well-being, the intervention shows promise for chronic pain management.
(published: 07/11/2017)

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CHERP's Ibrahim on Decision Aids in NEJM

NEJM published a Perspective by CHERPs Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA, on improving communication between providers and patients, especially racial minorities who are much less likely to have needed joint replacement.
(published: 06/30/2017)

Feature Image: Addressing Opioid Epidemic in US

Addressing Opioid Epidemic in US

CHERP Investigators Gellad and Good publish JAMA Viewpoint with VA Secretary Shulkin on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the U.S. Using Lessons from the Department of Veterans Affairs
(published: 06/14/2017)

Feature Image: CHERP VISN4 Pilot Funding

CHERP VISN4 Pilot Funding

VISN4 investigators: apply for CHERP pilot research funds to improve quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veterans or to improve quality, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics.
(published: 03/30/2017)

Feature Image: VA Pharmacy Use: 1st Year Choice Act

VA Pharmacy Use: 1st Year Choice Act

Safe use of opioids, efficient management of non-formulary meds, and unintended barriers to access created by the VCP must be addressed, and new cost, quality, and safety concerns identified to ensure high quality care.
(published: 03/13/2017)

Feature Image: Screening Frail Veterans Pre-Surgery

Screening Frail Veterans Pre-Surgery

CHERPs Daniel Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc finds that frailty screening of preoperative patients may be effective and scalable for improving surgical outcomes for aging and increasingly frail US and Veteran populations.
(published: 12/29/2016)

Feature Image: Risky dual-use prescribing for Veterans

Risky dual-use prescribing for Veterans

A report by CHERP Investigators highlights the need for increased coordination between VA and Non-VA health systems to help reduce unsafe prescribing for dementia patients seeking medications across healthcare systems.
(published: 12/14/2016)

Feature Image: Addressing racial variations in surgery

Addressing racial variations in surgery

A decision aid video that describes risks and benefits of total knee replacement surgery significantly increased the rate of this surgery among black patients, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery.
(published: 11/28/2016)

Feature Image: Exploring precision medicine for depression

Exploring precision medicine for depression

David Oslin, MD, CHERP Investigator and VISN4 MIRECC Director, is leading a new study of precision medicine's role in improving treatment for Veterans with major depressive disorder.
(published: 11/15/2016)

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Manuscript deadline now Dec. 1, 2016

VA and non-VA investigators are invited to submit papers for a special supplement of Medical Care on The State of the Science in VA Health Equity research, innovation and implementation. Deadline is Dec. 1, 2016.
(published: 11/03/2016)

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View All Content of VA Health Equity Meeting

You may now view all invited talks, slide decks, and panel discussions from the VA HSR&D Field-based Meeting on Health Equity Research on the CHERP website. Select by theme, specific topics or presenters.
(published: 10/05/2016)

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Updated: Call for Manuscripts

Medical Care invites original research papers on the state of the science of health equity among vulnerable populations served by the VA Healthcare System or highly relevant to Veteran health and health care.
(published: 09/06/2016)

Feature Image: No race bias in VA kidney transplant evaluation

No race bias in VA kidney transplant evaluation

In contrast to the private sector, VA patients who need a kidney transplant are unlikely to face racial disparities in the evaluation process, according to a study by CHERP's Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD.
(published: 08/23/2016)

Feature Image: Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, Joins CHERP

Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, Joins CHERP

Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, Biostatistician, collaborates with CHERP investigators on studies including informed decision making for Veterans at risk for lung cancer, and intimate partner violence among female Veterans.
(published: 08/12/2016)

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CHERP FY17 Pilots Address Equity

CHERP has recommended four pilot research projects for funding in FY2017. These one-year projects, submitted by VISN 4 investigators, focus on improving equity and/or quality in health and health care among Veterans.
(published: 08/04/2016)

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Assessment of care for Veterans with MHSUDs

CHERP investigators study of large sample of Veterans with Mental Health/Substance Abuse Disorders found racial/ethnic differences in their assessment of access, communication, courtesy and comprehensiveness of care.
(published: 07/31/2016)

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State of the Science of Equity Research

Jeroan Allison, MD, MS, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Medical Care, will address the State of the Science of Health Equity Research to open the HSR&D Field-based Meeting to Advance Health Equity.
(published: 06/23/2016)

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VA Health Equity Research Meeting

VA and non-VA investigators are invited to submit abstracts focused on improving the quality and equity of health and health care for racial and/or ethnic minority Veterans, homeless Veterans, and/or LGBT Veterans.
(published: 06/03/2016)

Feature Image: Lung Cancer Screening Tools for Veterans

Lung Cancer Screening Tools for Veterans

CHERPs Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, leads a new VA HSR&D study on Incorporating Veterans Preferences into Lung Cancer Screening Decisions to develop and evaluate a shared decision-making support tool for Veterans.
(published: 04/28/2016)

Feature Image: VA Research in Health Equity and Quality

VA Research in Health Equity and Quality

CHERP Core Investigator Leslie Hausmann, PhD, on developing a career in VA HSR&D health equity research and making an impact on quality of care and outcomes for vulnerable populations.
(published: 03/22/2016)

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CHERP's Melissa Dichter Appointed to Penn faculty

CHERPs Melissa Dichter, MSW, PhD, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania
(published: 03/01/2016)

Feature Image: CHERPs Ibrahim Named to NIMHD Advisory Council

CHERPs Ibrahim Named to NIMHD Advisory Council

CHERPs Said Ibrahim will serve as the VA HSR&Ds representative for the NIH National Institute for Minority Health and Disparities (NIMHD). CHERP Director Michael Fine most recently held this position.
(published: 02/17/2016)

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Voice of Veterans in VA Research

CHERPs Susan Zickmund, PhD, recently chaired a VA HSR&D conference Increasing the Voice of the Veteran in VA Research. She began the conference with the recommendations of the HSR&D Veteran Engagement Workgroup.
(published: 02/11/2016)

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Veterans and Suicide Vulnerability

Editorial by CHERP Investigator John Blosnich, PhD, about links between history of child abuse and suicide among Canadian military veterans. Dr. Blosnich published similar findings in 2014 from survey of U.S. adults.
(published: 01/29/2016)

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Survey of VA Access to Care Stand Downs

CHERP investigator Susan Zickmund, PhD was invited to analyze a survey of VA-wide facilities that held Access to Care National Stand Down events and report key operations issues for improvement.
(published: 12/23/2015)

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Reduce disparities in patient engagement

Since 2010, CEPACT has evaluated aspects of PACT implementation and innovations for effectiveness and to enhance the transformation of primary care delivery in VHA. Now CEPACT research highlights how PACT Can Work.
(published: 12/10/2015)

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AAMC Spotlights VHA Equity Research

An article in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Reporter explores how VHA health equity researchers examine the social determinants of health and how to create interventions to eliminate disparities.
(published: 11/20/2015)

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Homeless Vets' stories and photos

An exhibit of photos and stories by homeless Veterans at the Pittsburgh VA (VAPHS) highlights the views and experiences of people receiving care from the Pittsburgh Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT).
(published: 11/12/2015)

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Study:Contraceptive Use, Needs

Preliminary results of a study by CHERPs Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, shows that while VA is improving overall care for women Veterans, concerted efforts to improve contraceptive care are needed.
(published: 10/19/2015)

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Women's Health Post-doctoral Fellowship

VA Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health seeks post-doctoral research professionals at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. This work advances VA's mission to deliver high quality gender-specific care to women Veterans.
(published: 10/08/2015)

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VISN4 Health Equity Pilots

The FY2016 VISN4 Health Equity research pilot projects focused on improving Veterans health and health have been announced by the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).
(published: 08/17/2015)

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Findings on high-dose flu vaccination

The CHERP study included 165,000+ VA patients who got either the regular or high-dose vaccine during the 2010-11 flu season. The study tracked hospitalizations and deaths indicators of the flus more severe impacts.
(published: 07/13/2015)

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Judith Long Named Chief of DGIM at Penn

VA Health Equity Researcher Judith Long named Chief the Division of General Internal Medicine of the University of Pennsylvanias Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, effective July 1, 2015.
(published: 07/08/2015)

Feature Image: Best Support for Dementia Caregivers?

Best Support for Dementia Caregivers?

Most of the half-million Veterans with dementia receive care at home from family and friends. VA Researchers are testing strategies to address barriers to care, support caregivers and increase positive outcomes.
(published: 05/05/2015)

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Impact of Veterans Choice Program

Veterans Choice Program (VCP) covers some non-VHA care for those eligible. CHERPs Susan Zickmund, PhD, leads fast-track study of Veteran satisfaction with VA care, and Choice Act care and pharmacy benefits.
(published: 04/21/2015)

Feature Image: Improving Value of High-tech Health Care

Improving Value of High-tech Health Care

"Costs and Outcomes of Chronic Heart Disease Care in the VHA will address how to fully optimize the value of care for cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death among Veterans enrolled in the VHA.
(published: 04/06/2015)

Feature Image: Health Equity Fellowship for MD and PhDs

Health Equity Fellowship for MD and PhDs

Both MDs and PhDs are now eligible for CHERPs Advanced Fellowship in Health Equity Research. As a cross-VISN, two-site Center of Innovation, CHERP offers distinctive breadth of opportunity for VA HSR&D fellows.
(published: 03/09/2015)

Feature Image: Mitigating risks of Opioid use

Mitigating risks of Opioid use

Almost 25% of VA patients receive an opioid medication from VA. Given that >75% of Veterans have other insurance and can access prescriptions in non-VA settings, the risks of overuse and even overdose may be magnified.
(published: 02/27/2015)

Feature Image: Study: Homelessness Risk Among Veterans

Study: Homelessness Risk Among Veterans

In support of the VAs commitment to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans, this study will assess efforts to identify Veterans at risk of homelessness and link them with effective and efficient services.
(published: 02/17/2015)

Feature Image: CHERP Research Links Equity to Quality

CHERP Research Links Equity to Quality

A study by CHERP investigators and colleagues found that US hospitals quality performance for acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia and heart failure improved, as did racial and ethnic equity, between 2005 2010.
(published: 01/20/2015)

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CHERP: Equity & Quality of Collocated Care

Veterans with both diabetes and serious mental illness are highly vulnerable and rely heavily on VHA care. A VA-funded study compared quality and outcomes for a sample of patients at three VISN4 facilities.
(published: 01/13/2015)

Feature Image: CHERP: Diversity & Inclusion Award - Hausmann

CHERP: Diversity & Inclusion Award - Hausmann

Leslie R. M. Hausmann, PhD, was selected for the 2014 VA Secretarys Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award. She was recognized for achieving outstanding results through leadership and innovation in the VA workplace.
(published: 11/25/2014)

Feature Image: CHERP: Housing, Health Disparities: Women Veterans

CHERP: Housing, Health Disparities: Women Veterans

Women Veterans with mental health conditions are at increased risk for unstable housing. VA researchers assessed disparities in housing status using the VHA outpatient screening questions assessing homelessness and risk.
(published: 10/24/2014)

Feature Image: CHERP: Pre-Op Screening Benefits Frail Patients

CHERP: Pre-Op Screening Benefits Frail Patients

Older Veterans in frail health make up a vulnerable population of interest to health equity researchers. CHERP's Daniel Hall and colleagues investigated pre-surgical screening to assess need for palliative care.
(published: 10/21/2014)

Feature Image: CHERP: Equity in Kidney Transplant

CHERP: Equity in Kidney Transplant

Minority patients are more likely than whites to have end stage kidney disease but less likely to complete evaluation for a transplant or receive one. A new study will test approaches to reduce these disparities.
(published: 10/10/2014)

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CHERP: Depression on Dialysis

A VA-funded study examines the association between depression and pain and the likelihood that patients will not complete their dialysis treatments as recommended and will experience various negative health outcomes.
(published: 09/04/2014)

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Toolkit for Peer Specialists

Peer specialists are Veterans who have personal experience managing and recovering from mental illness. CHERP Investigator, Matthew Chinman, PhD has developed a toolkit for peer specialists.
(published: 08/21/2014)

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Patient-Centered Care for Interpersonal Violence

CHERP Investigator Melissa Dichter, PhD served as a panelist discussing how VA Research propels patient-centered care for interpersonal violence at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in June 2014.
(published: 08/21/2014)

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AJPH Supplement on VA Health Equity

The VA Office of Health Equity is proud to join with the American Journal of Public Health to bring focus on the health equity issues specific to our nation's Veterans through the VA Health Equity Supplement.
(published: 08/12/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Leslie Hausmann, PhD and colleagues are now taking steps towards mitigating the impact of discrimination on health and alleviating health disparities among Veterans with increased risk of experiencing discrimination.
(published: 07/29/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Study finds that men who joined the military in the post-draft era are more likely to report that they experienced a variety of potentially traumatic childhood events than men in the general population.
(published: 07/29/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

CHERP investigators Samuel Kuna and Charles Atwood lead VA-funded study to address barriers to care of Veterans with suspected obstructive sleep apnea by comparing the impact of home versus in-lab testing
(published: 06/26/2014)

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Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH featured in the Foundation for the Advancement of Research in Medicine's video campaign to reach underserved minority patients and raise awareness of joint replacement as a viable treatment option.
(published: 05/27/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Dr. Borreros essay, Armed and Vulnerable: Women in the U.S. Military highlights the expanding scope of women's roles in the military and issues they face while in service and with reintegration into civilian life.
(published: 04/22/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

CHERP Investigator Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN leads implementation and evaluation of new VHA requirements for inpatient tobacco and alcohol screening, intervention, referral, and follow-up.
(published: 04/08/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, has been named Vice Chair of Health Policy in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
(published: 03/03/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Gala True, PhD helps Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans share their stories. In this exhibit, From War to Home: Through the Veterans Lens, veterans used cameras to tell their stories of military service.
(published: 02/07/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, lead study examining whether changes in VA healthcare delivery under the patient-aligned care team (PACT) transformation led to changes in organizational processes of care and patient outcomes.
(published: 02/07/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

Judith Long, MD, has led two pilot studies that demonstrated that African American Veterans with hard-to-control diabetes matched with peer mentors made significant gains in keeping their blood sugar in check.
(published: 02/07/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

A national study of 1.5 million medical records, led by Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, demonstrates that VA care for Veterans with diabetes is more efficient and lower cost than Medicare.
(published: 02/06/2014)

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CHERP Research and Accomplishments

CHERP investigators create a novel Health Equity Dashboard (HED) to support rapid implementation of quality improvement in 10 VA medical centers in the regional network, VISN4.
(published: 02/06/2014)