July 1, 2013
VA/HSR&D Research Recognized at AcademyHealth Annual Meeting
VA's Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D) was well-represented at the recent 2013 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, which was held in
Baltimore, June 23-25. In addition to VA sessions—"VA Implementation Research: Lessons Learned for the U.S. Healthcare System" and "The Use of
Complementary and Integrative Medicine in VA Research to Enhance Veterans' Health"—HSR&D investigators were involved in more than 40
competitively-selected presentations. Topics covered in these presentations targeted an array of issues important to healthcare for Veterans, such as
long-term care, chronic conditions, patient-centered medical homes, and racial/ethnic disparities. Further, several HRS&D investigators were the
recipients of special awards:
Andrea Finlay, Ph.D., part of the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, received the Carol Weisman & Gary Chase Gender-Based
Research Award for Best Poster Abstract. This award is given in honor of Drs. Weisman and Chase, health services researchers who charted the frontier
of gender-based research and health policy.
Joanne Pavao, M.P.H., also part of the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, received the Carol Weisman & Gary Chase Gender-Based Research Award for Best Abstract.
Alicia Cooper, Ph.D., M.P.H., an HSR&D investigator at the Providence VAMC, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for
"Predictors and Outcomes of High-Risk Prescribing among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries."
Isomi Miake-Lye, B.A., part of HSR&D's Evidence-Based Synthesis Program at the West Los Angeles VAMC, is one of the 2013 Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) Student
Scholarship Program Recipients. These scholarships recognize graduate students who demonstrate the potential to contribute to the field of PHSR through
Khary Rigg, Ph.D., part of HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP) in Philadelphia, is one
of the 2013 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars. This program engages junior researchers from racial/ethnic groups that are
under-represented in health services research.
AcademyHealth is the leading professional organization for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and is a non-partisan
informational resource for health services research and policy. Recognition of VA research across multiple areas at this high-profile meeting reflects positively on VA's research mission, and is of importance in disseminating valuable lessons learned via research
conducted within the nation's largest integrated healthcare system.