Description: This session, Requesting Access to VA Data, is the second in VIReC’s FY21 Database & Methods series. VHA data are regularly used for research projects, to prepare research protocols, and for operational uses such as quality improvement. Ms. Kok will explain how VHA data access procedures differ based on the purpose of work and demonstrate resources for identifying data request requirements and how to submit a data request. Objectives •Learn how to determine whether a project is categorized in the VA as research, preparatory to research or operations for data access purposes. •Understand the standard data request requirements for each category of data access. •Learn about resources for instructions on how to request data sources for your project.
Adapting to Disruption of Pragmatic Clinical Trials Studying Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the NIH-DOD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory
Description: The November 2020 Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar addresses: (1) the ethical imperative for identifying and addressing health-related social needs (HRSN) within clinical settings; (2) the implementation and evaluation of an HRSN screening tool and resource referral program; and (3) how VA can further improve its efforts to systematically screen Veterans for HRSN and effectively connect those in need with appropriate supportive services.
Intended Audience: Researchers, clinicians, care coordinators, policy makers, educators, data analysts, Veteran stakeholders and representatives of vulnerable Veteran groups who are interested in understanding and/or promoting equitable health among all Veterans.
Description: The Veteran Access Research Consortium (VARC) Portfolio Review Workgroup is conducting a 5 year environmental scan of access-related research and operational work with the goal of informing future research efforts related to access. This scan includes a search of publicly available data using web-scraping, text analytics, and natural language processing, as well as structured interviews with operational offices to identify access work that may be unavailable via public sources. The major objectives of this effort are to (1) identify gaps in the existing research portfolio to inform priorities for future research and (2) inform partners about access-related products that may be ready for implementation. A key deliverable is a recently launched web-based database of projects identified in the portfolio review.
Intended Audience: A broad range of audiences may be interested in our CyberSeminar: (1) VA researchers and investigators interested in understanding the current access landscape and identifying future collaborations; (2) operational leaders interested in how VA access work has aligned with their priorities; (3) data scientists interested in data-scraping and analytic methods.
Series: VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure
Speakers: Deborah Eddy, BS; Jeffrey Scehnet, PhD
Description: VINCI is dedicated to protecting patient data. This Cyberseminar will cover the procedures that researchers, specifically VINCI users, must follow to comply with Federal and VA data privacy regulations.
Intended Audience: Recommended for current or prospective members of the VINCI community; a general understanding of the VINCI workspace is assumed.
Description: Dr. Eaton will provide an overview of the rationale for offering mindfulness and self-compassion-based interventions to Veterans and review the current state of the literature. Specifically, she will share experiences of implementing Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) among Veterans with co-occurring PTSD-SUD and for those suffering with moral injury. Additionally, she will highlight lessons learned and modifications to the MSC protocol to meet population needs.
Target Audience: The talk is intended to apply to both clinicians and researchers interested in mindfulness and self-compassion-based interventions.
The theme for our 2021 meeting is “Let’s Go All In: Inclusion, Innovation, Influence.” We are focusing on inclusion in many ways, and that of course includes the international community and researchers from various countries. We can best improve health by learning from colleagues from all corners of the world.
Description: SBM is a vibrant, multidisciplinary society focused on the role of behavior in improving health. Most of our country’s most daunting health challenges have behavioral origins, and achieving SBM’s vision of “better health through behavior change” has never been more important. SBM members include the nation’s leading scientists and practitioners, and SBM annual meetings are the premier forum for the most influential behavioral medicine research. Learn more about SBM and who we are.
SBM’s meeting is the only truly multidisciplinary behavioral medicine conference. SBM’s membership includes approximately 2,400 behavioral and biomedical researchers and clinicians from more than 20 disciplines and across academic and industry settings.
The goal of the Collaboratory is to develop the capacity to implement cost-effective large-scale pragmatic clinical research in military and veteran health care delivery organizations focusing on non-pharmacological approaches to pain management and other comorbid conditions.