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Advancing Health Equity through Research, Implementation Science, Diversity, and Inclusion

Live Streamed Sessions

Paper Session: Health Care Informatics and EHR Modernization

Wednesday, February 8 - 3:30pm-5:00pm EST

  • Moderator: Maria Souden, PhD
  • Key Findings and Lessons Learned from Initial Clinician Experiences with VA Electronic Health Record Modernization, Seppo Rinne, MD, PhD
  • Clinicians' Strategies for Organizing and Reconciling Medications from Multiple VA and non-VA Sources: Card-Sorting Study, Himalaya Patel, PhD
  • Literature Synthesis and Expert Consensus on Organizational Factors in EHR-to-EHR Transitions, Julian Brunner, PhD, MPH
  • Governance of the VA's New Electronic Health Record: The Underappreciated Role of Standardization, Julian Brunner, PhD, MPH
  • Early Organizational Impacts of VA's Electronic Health Record Modernization on Employee Roles, Ekaterina Anderson, PhD, MA
  • A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding and Assessing Electronic Health Record (EHR) Use at VA During Major EHR Transition to Cerner, Brianne Molloy-Paolillo, PhD


Opening Plenary Session

Thursday, February 9 - 8:30am - 10:45am EST

Welcoming Remarks and HSR&D State of the Service

  • Judith Long, MD
  • David Atkins, MD, MPH

Plenary Abstracts

  • Moderator: Michael Fine, MD
  • The VA Whole Health National Demonstration Project's Impact on Experiences of Care, Patient Engagement and Well-being, Barbara Bokhour, PhD
  • (In)equity in Risk Prediction: Examining and Mitigating Racial Bias in the Veterans Affairs Care Assessment Needs (CAN) Risk Model, Amol Navathe, MD, PhD

Under Secretary Awardee Presentation

  • Keith Humphreys, PhD  

Veteran Speaker

  • Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH
  • Kayla Williams

Reorganization Discussion

  • Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH
  • David Atkins, MD, MPH
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD
  • Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD


Paper Session: Implementation Science

Thursday, February 9 - 11:00am - 12:30pm EST

  • Moderators: Kara Beck, PhD and Rachel Bachrach, PhD, MS
  • Results of a Stepped-Wedge Trial of Expert Coaching to Increase Implementation of the Transradial Approach in Cardiac Catheterizations, Christian Helfrich, PhD, MPH
  • Implementation of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Within the Virtual Medical Center, Tai-Lyn Wilkerson, MSHS
  • Facility Implementation of Inpatient Hypoglycemia Safety Interventions and Episodes of Hypoglycemia, Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS
  • A Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trial to Implement and Evaluate a Family Caregiver Skills Training Program (iHI-FIVES), Courtney Van Houtven, PhD
  • Reducing Missed Test Results through a Virtual Breakthrough Series Collaborative, Andrew Zimolzak, MD, MMedSc
  • Partnership Building for Scale-Up and Spread in the Veterans Sponsorship Initiative: Strategies for Harnessing Collaboration to Accelerate Impact, Sheila Frankfurt, PhD


HSR&D National Meeting Plenary Session B

Thursday, February 9 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST

Keynote Speaker: The Future of Health Services Research

  • David Atkins, MD, MPH
  • Robert Otto Valdez, PhD, MHSA

Recognition of Under Secretary for Health Awardees for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research

  • David Atkins, MD, MPH
  • Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA
  • Matthew Samore, MD 
  • Donna Washington, MD, MPH 
  • Keith Humphreys, PhD 

Under Secretary Awardee Presentation

  • Donna Washington, MD, MPH 


HSR&D National Meeting Paper Session: Health Equity/Social Determinants of Health

Thursday, February 9 - 3:15pm - 4:45pm EST

  • Moderators: Kelly Burkitt, PhD, and Johanne Eliacin, PhD
  • Communication and Activation in Pain to Enhance Relationships and Treat Pain with Equity: Results from the COOPERATE Trial, Marianne Matthias, PhD, MS
  • Incorporating a Health Equity Focus into Implementation and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices for High-Risk Patients, Michelle Wong, PhD
  • Examining Facility-Specific Disparities in Electronic Quality Measures to Guide Equity-Focused Priorities, Leslie Hausmann, PhD
  • Contextualizing Findings from an Updated VHA Food Insecurity Clinical Reminder, Alicia Cohen, MD, MSc
  • Racial, Ethnic, and Predominant Language Spoken at Home Differences in Secure Messaging Communication with Providers, Carolyn Turvey, PhD, MS
  • Increasing a Diverse VA Workforce through a Health Services Research Career Pipeline Program for Students from Historically Excluded Groups, Cindie Slightam, MPH


HSR&D National Meeting Paper Session: Suicide Prevention

Thursday, February 9 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST

  • Moderator: Bob O'Brien, PhD and Jason Chen, PhD
  • Veterans' Perceptions about Firearm Safety Discussions in the VA, Megan Lafferty, PhD
  • Improving Suicide Prevention for Women Veterans: Recommendations from VHA Suicide Prevention Coordinators, Lauren Krishnamurti, PhD
  • Emerging Strategies to Incorporate Firearm Injury Prevention into VA Healthcare: Results of Qualitative Interviews with Providers and Patients, Lauren Maxim, PhD
  • An Emerging Population at High Risk for Suicide by Firearm: Characteristics of Women Reserve and National Guard Veterans Who Have Guns in their House, Michelle Mengeling, PhD, MS
  • Primary Care Patient Perspectives on VA's Population-Based Suicide Risk Screening Program (Risk ID): Mixed Methods Study, Steven Dobscha, MD
  • Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Online Video Training for Suicide Prevention in Military veterans (VA S.A.V.E.), Alan Teo, MD, MS


HSR&D National Meeting Plenary Session C

Friday, February 10 - 9:45am - 11:00am EST

Plenary Abstracts

  • Neal Axon, MD, MS
  • Effect of a Collaborative Palliative Care Intervention on Quality of Life in Veterans with Symptomatic Lung and Heart Diseases: The ADAPT RCT, David Bekelman, MD, MPH
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga versus Cognitive Processing Therapy for Women Veterans with PTSD Related to MST: Final Results from a 5-year RCT, Ursula Kelly, PhD, MSN

QUERI State of the Service

  • Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH

Under Secretary Awardee Presentation

  • Matthew Samore, MD 


HSR&D National Meeting Paper Session: COVID-19

Friday, February 10 - 11:15am - 12:45pm EST

  • Moderator: Louise Davies, MD, MS
  • Addressing Delayed Care due to COVID-19: Use of the Preventive Health Inventory in Veterans Health Administrations Primary Care, Chelle Wheat, PhD
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on Appropriate Use of Screening Colonoscopy in the Veterans Health Administration, Sameer Saini, MD, MS
  • In-person Outpatient Care Delays, Virtual Clinic Visits and Associated Mortality among Veterans with Heart Failure During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Wen-Chih Wu, MD
  • Challenges Faced by Older Veterans and Their Caregivers During the COVID Pandemic: Results from a Prospective Multi-site Survey, Stuti Dang, MD, MPH
  • Complexity and Challenges of the Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Long COVID: A Qualitative Study of Electronic Health Records, Ann O'Hare, MD, MA
  • Rural-Urban Differences in Receipt of COVID-19 Primary and Booster Vaccinations: Implications for Strategies to Decrease Disparities, Karen Seal, MD, MPH


HSR&D National Meeting Plenary Session D

Friday, February 10 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST

Keynote Speaker: Structural Racism

  • Donna Washington, MD, MPH
  • Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH


HSR&D National Meeting Paper Session: Virtual Care/Telehealth

Friday, February 10 - 2:45pm - 4:15pm EST

  • Moderators: Stephanie Shimada, PhD and Stephanie Robinson, PhD
  • Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS): The Veteran Perspective, Marcie Lee, MPH, MA
  • The VA National Teleneurology Program (NTNP): Implementing Telehealth Care to Improve Access to Outpatient Neurologists, Linda Williams, MD
  • Using Remote Infectious Disease Physician Expertise to Support Inpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Activities at Three VA Medical Centers, Daniel Livorsi, MD, MS
  • Leveraging VA Tablets to Support My HealtheVet Adoption and Use, Ashley Griffin, PhD
  • Necessary but Not Sufficient: Implementation and Effectiveness of VA's Tablet Initiative and Digital Divide Consult During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Donna Zulman, MD, MS
  • Extra time for Q&A