Seminars & Events of Interest

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019

    Test Smart, Treat Smart: The Journey to Optimizing Bacteriuria Management in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  HSR&D Career Development Award Enhancement Initiative

    Speakers:  Felicia Skelton-Dudley, MD, MS ; Barbara Trautner, MD, PhD

    Description:  Drs. Skelton-Dudley and Trautner will present past and current work on exploring the unique surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, and management challenges of urinary tract infection and asymptomatic bacteriuria in the Veteran spinal cord injury/disorder population. They will describe their process in engaging and building fruitful collaborations with clinicians, patients, and policy stakeholders as an early investigator.

    Intended Audience:  VHA clinicians, researchers, and operational stakeholders

    Register to attend Test Smart, Treat Smart: The Journey to Optimizing Bacteriuria Management in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders

  • Sun
    17
    Nov
    2019

    How to Conduct a Research Study in VINCI

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure

    Speaker:  Tim Trautman, BSD

    Description:  This presentation will outline the steps to take in order to conduct a research study using VINCI’s various resources from pre-study consultation to Preparatory to Research to full IRB Research studies. VINCI can assist Researchers with a multitude of free services such as study feasibility, data needs assessment, assistance with applying for data access, providing data, providing computing environments and analysis software, and much more.

    Intended Audience:  The broad research community and anyone planning to conduct an IRB approved research study. This Cyberseminar will showcase the various services and tools available to anyone requesting to use the VINCI environment.

    Register to attend How to Conduct a Research Study in VINCI

  • Mon
    18
    Nov
    2019

    Writing for Reach: Communicating Scholarly Results to General Audiences

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Austin Frakt, PhD

    Description:  Austin Frakt is a health economist, Director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at VA Boston, and regular contributor to the New York Times. In this Cyberseminar, he will provide practical lessons learned from a decade of writing about the U.S. health care system for various audiences. After attending this Cyberseminar attendees will be able to:

    • Understand the utility of communication of scholarly results to general audiences
    • List ways to improve reaching and writing for a lay audience to more effectively communicate research
    • More effectively draft the beginning of an evidence-based article for a mainstream audience

    Attendees who wish to achieve these skills are strongly encouraged to do the following:

    • Pre-Read a few of Dr. Frakt’s Upshot columns. Below are three recommendations:
      1. Using the Web or an App Instead of Seeing a Doctor? Caution Is Advised
      2. Drug Prices Too High? Sometimes, They’re Not Costly Enough
      3. The Two Mysteries of Medicare

    Focus on the first few sentences and reflect on how they set up the content that follows. Then think about a topic on which you are an expert or on which you would like to write and craft the first 3 sentences of that article.

    Intended Audience: Researchers, Clinicians, Policymakers, and anyone wishing to disseminate research results and scholarly information to a variety of audiences.

    Register to attend Writing for Reach: Communicating Scholarly Results to General Audiences

  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019

    Visual Dysfunctions and Traumatic Brain Injury

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

    Speakers:  Felix Barker, OD; Natalya Merezhinskaya, PhD

    Description:  Individuals who have experienced TBI, usually screen normal for vision, but are frequently affected by other visual dysfunctions that can dramatically affect their efficiency in work and educational pursuits. The expected rates of these problems are substantial, leading to the need for increased awareness on the part of both eye-care and non eye-care providers. The spectrum of TBI-associated visual dysfunctions and their management/referral options are discussed.

    Intended Audience:  Providers, especially of eye-care, and rehabilitation specialists who treat TBI patients, clinical researchers with interest in TBI and/or TBI related visual disorders.

    Register to attend Visual Dysfunctions and Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019

    Perceptions from the Front-Lines: A Summary of Responses to the 2018 PACT National Survey

    Time:  12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) Demonstration Labs

    Speakers:  Monica Paez, BA; Gregory Stewart, PhD

    Description:  The 2018 National PACT National Survey provided respondents an opportunity to share open-ended comments related to PACT implementation and delivery of primary care services. We qualitatively coded and summarized these responses. This presentation will describe our research process and share results capturing the major themes expressed by survey respondents.

    Intended Audience:  Primary care service delivery teams and leaders.

    Register to attend Perceptions from the Front-Lines: A Summary of Responses to the 2018 PACT National Survey

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2019

    Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions for Veterans

    Time:  12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Complementary and Integrative Health

    Speaker:  David Kearney, MD

    Description:  Dr. Kearney will provide an overview of the rationale for offering Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) and Self-Compassion Interventions to Veterans. He will provide an overview of the proposed mechanisms of change involved in these interventions, and review key trials published to date. Specifically, he will describe how MBIs are thought to influence the clinical course of PTSD, chronic pain, depression and substance use disorders.

    Intended Audience:  The talk is intended to apply to both clinicians and researchers interested in Mindfulness-Based.

    Register to attend Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions for Veterans

  • Wed
    04
    Dec
    2019
    Fri
    06
    Dec
    2019

    12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, co-hosted by NIH and AcademyHealth

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 to Friday, December 6, 2019

    Location:  Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA

    Description:  The Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I), co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AcademyHealth, helps realize the full potential of evidence to optimize health and health care by bridging the gap between research, practice, and policy. By outlining the priorities in the field, the Science of D&I Conference aims to ensure that evidence is used to inform decisions that will improve the health of individuals and communities

    Registration information - Registration will open in mid-August

    Room reservation information

  • Mon
    09
    Dec
    2019

    Meet VIReC: The Researcher's Guide to VA Data

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  VIReC Database and Methods Seminar

    Speaker:  Maria Souden, PhD, MSI

    Register to attend Meet VIReC: The Researcher's Guide to VA Data

  • Mon
    09
    Dec
    2019

    USUHS Health Services Research Program Presents: Working with DaVINCI (sponsored by the VA)

    Time:  9:00 AM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Description:  Analysis of large datasets shows great promise for addressing health services research questions, but also poses challenges for users, particularly in tracking patients across the military (MHS) and veterans’ (VA) health systems. In response, the MHS and VA have begun a cooperative effort named the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Infrastructure for Clinical Intelligence (DaVINCI) project, to share clinical source data between the two systems. This workshop, hosted by USU's Health Services Research Program (HSRP), introduces researchers to the source data used in DaVINCI, enabling researchers to identify strengths and weaknesses of the joint VA and DoD system and how they can use it to further their research efforts. The class is taught by subject matter experts from Kennell and Associates, sponsored by the VA. There is no registration fee for the event.

    Link to USUHS DaVINCI Training Agenda December 9, 2019

    Link to participate remotely December 9, 2019:  https://usuhs.adobeconnect.com/DaVinci

    Telephone number to dial in to USUHS DaVINCI Training on December 9, 2019: 1-218-862-6818

    PIN number for USUHS DaVINCI Training December 9, 2019: 6331854#

  • Mon
    16
    Dec
    2019

    How To Start and Run a Writing Community

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speakers:  Traci Abraham, PhD; Gemmae Fix, PhD; Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH

    Description:  Dread writing? Have writer’s block? Looking for a community to motivate you and increase your productivity? In this CyberSeminar, learn about developing a writers’ group and engaging in activities that can strengthen your dedication to writing. The presenters will share strategies on how they fostered writers’ groups at their respective HSR&D COINs.

    Intended Audience:  Anyone interested in building a personal writing practice or developing a writing community.

    Register to attend How To Start and Run a Writing Community

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