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SPACE icon CCDOR researcher Dr. Erin Krebs and team worked with a panel of Veterans to develop an infographic to share results of the SPACE study with the community. Click the link below to view and share a copy of the infographic. 

HOMEFRONT icon Dr. Laura Meis collaborated with CCDOR’s Communication Committee to create a visual abstract of her article, “Sticking It Out in Trauma-Focused Treatment for PTSD: It Takes a Village,” that was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.


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Hildi Hagedorn earned the HSR&D Health System Impact Award for her work to increase the implementation of evidence-based treatments for Veterans with substance use disorders. 

In collaboration with the National Center for PTSD, Dr. Nina Sayer’s HSRD RVR project (PERSIST 3.0) team measured and improved the reach of evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for PTSD by developing reports to audit the use of EBPs. Reports were distributed to 124 PTSD teams across the nation. They are being used to identify VISNs and sites that need assistance to make EBPs for PTSD more accessible and to monitor changes in EBP use associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and interventions (Nov 2020). These reports also served as a template for Measurement Based Care (MBC) reports provided quarterly to each VISN PTSD Mentor for broader distribution to each PTSD team, facility leadership and CMHOs. As of January 2021, the PTSD Mentoring Program leadership has adopted the structure of the PERSIST reports for MBC monitoring and is utilizing the dissemination network used for PERSIST reach reports for MBC reporting.

Anne Melzer and Timothy Wilt had an editorial on lung cancer screening published in JAMA Network Open and featured on CNN.

Agnes Jensen was a recipient of the 2021 Civil Servant of the Year award which recognizes select individuals from all Federal agencies in Minnesota for their superior performance and dedicated Federal service.

Orly Vardeny and her team published their paper on the effectiveness of higher influenza vaccine dose on all-cause death and hospitalization among patients with cardiovascular disease in JAMA.

Michele Spoont was invited to assist the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) with co-authoring the VA response to a Congressional Tracking Report regarding cultural competence training for VA mental heath providers, whether minority Veterans receive quality and culturally appropriate mental health care, and recommendations on how to address the unique mental health needs of minority veterans and any disparities in care they receive.

Erin Krebs was invited to serve on the Scientific Advisory Council established by FORE (Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts) that will provide guidance to advance initiatives addressing the nationwide opioid crisis.

Allison Gustavson was awarded the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award which recognizes authors whose work have made measurable contribution to the knowledge base of physical therapy.

CCDOR alumni have been featured in the media for their impactful work. Rachel Hardeman and the University of Minnesota received a $5 million donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to fund the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity which is committed to ending the impact of structural racism on health and healthcare. Melvin Donaldson was featured on Iowa Public Radio about his experience as an emergency physician during the pandemic. You can read more here.