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Elisheva Danan and colleague’s Pap Hub and Spoke Program selected as 2023 VHA Shark Tank finalist for impact on cervical cancer screening (Aug. 2023)

Dr. Elisheva Danan and her team were selected as a finalist out of 355 applicants in the 2023 VHA Shark Tank Competition for their Pap Hub and Spoke Program, described in “A Systems Based Approach to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening in the VA.” To date, there are 4 VA sites actively using the Pap Hub Spoke program, including the Minneapolis VA, and an additional site is in progress of implementing the program. Since July 2022, the number of patients overdue for cervical cancer screening at the Minneapolis VA was reduced by 30, and there was an improvement in adherence to ASCCP guidelines from an error rate of 8.7% to 2.6%. The PapHub team won the VA Women’s Health Research Impact Award in September 2023 for this work.


  • Anne Melzer received the Early Stage Investigator Project Award during Research Week at the Minneapolis VA
  • 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
  • Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, won top prize at 2022 Frank Conference ($10,000 Research Prize awarded annually by the University of Florida Center for Public Interest Communications) for her research on Narratives for Native People. This prize celebrates peer-reviewed research from disciplines that span behavioral, cognitive and social sciences that inform the growing discipline of public interest communications
  • Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, 2021 recipient of the Emerging Voices in Indigenous Scholarship/Researcher Award (funded by the UMN’s Grand Challenges)
  • Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, 2021 recipient of the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation award
  • Agnes Jensen, CCDOR Health Science Specialist, was awarded 2021 Civil Servant of the Year
  • Dr. Hildi Hagedorn, CCDOR core investigator, recently 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.
  • Beth DeRonne, a Pharmacist on several CCDOR studies, was awarded 2019 Civil Servant of the Year

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