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Access

Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) is interested in research that will improve access to care for veterans with special needs (e.g., traumatic brain injury, prosthetics care, post-traumatic stress disorder), vulnerable veteran populations (e.g., homeless and low-income veterans), and veterans living in rural areas. Research in this portfolio on access to care will examine the impact of recent changes in the veteran population, in the organization and delivery of VA health care services. This portfolio is focused on broader issues of access, such as those related to distance and availability of services, as well as unique approaches to accessing specialized care. HSR&D also is interested in research that develops and assesses innovations in the structure, organization and delivery of health care that will enhance access to care, including new technologies, community networking and partnerships with families. Access/rural health is an HSR&D priority as described in the current Program Announcement of HSR&D Priorities.

For general information about Access, please contact:

Linda Lipson, MA
Scientific Portfolio Manager
Health Services Research and Development (10X2)
Email: linda.lipson@va.gov

Linda Lipson, MA

Ms. Lipson is the Scientific Program Manager for HSR&D's women's health, healthcare equity, access, and rural health research portfolios. She has been instrumental in developing these priority research areas and guiding plans for future research. Ms. Lipson has worked to expand the women's health research, and helped lay the foundation for a new transformative women Veterans' health research plan. Regarding health equity research, she has helped guide the field toward development of intervention research that has the potential to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare. Ms. Lipson also has been involved in identifying new directions for access and rural health research. She works closely with VA researchers and VA organizations involved in these priority areas. Ms. Lipson has also had a major role in the oversight and evaluation of HSR&D's Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence Initiative.

Ms. Lipson has served as a member of the Secretary's Task Force on Women Veterans, the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research, the VA Health Equity Coalition, the DoD/VA HEC Women's Health Workgroup, and the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women. Prior to joining VA, she conducted extensive research on diverse health policy issues, including primary care, healthcare access, telemedicine, health workforce policies, long-term care, and health services integration. Ms. Lipson has a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Planning from George Washington University.