HERC: Big Tent Meetings
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Big Tent Meetings


The Disrupted Care National Project (DCNP) team holds monthly meetings to facilitate connections between investigators and to accelerate the progress of work on COVID-19 disrupted and deferred care. This initiative of the DCNP, led by Dr. Brian Lucas, includes large group discussions about shared analytic challenges, works-in-progress (WIP) sessions for investigators to present their work in a trusted setting filled with friendly skepticism and brainstormed solutions, and outside speakers who can contribute unique analytic and methodologic expertise.

Please contact Samuel Rosa for additional information, including meeting times.

Meeting Date* Presenter(s) Topic(s) and/or Presentation Title
1/25/2022 Louise Davies
Brian Lucas
Karen McNamara
Daniel Weinberger
Framework of the DNCP
WIP: How did excess mortality differ between the VA population and the general US population during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic?
3/1/2022 David Atkins
Karen McNamara
Current conceptualization of the Disrupted Care Agenda and the development of a Model of Disrupted Care (slides)
4/19/2022 Brian Lucas Defining COVID-19 pre and pandemic periods
5/24/2022 Celina Yong
Virginia Wang
Discussion of pandemic period definitions from two models used by disrupted care projects:
  • Delaying Cardiovascular Procedures to Curb the Spread of COVID-19 among Veterans: Variation in VHA Practice Patterns and Outcomes (PI: C. Yong)
  • Impact of COVID-era Disrupted Care on Disparities in Outcomes among Veterans with Kidney Failure (PI: V. Wang)
6/28/2022 Liam Rose Disrupted care in VA and utilization outside VA (defining denominators) (slides) (recording available to project participants at https://vaww.herc.research.va.gov/include/page.asp?id=dcnp-meetings)
9/27/2022 Daniel Weinberger A defense of ecological analysis (slides) (recording available to project participants at https://vaww.herc.research.va.gov/include/page.asp?id=dcnp-meetings)
10/25/2022 Elizabeth Oliva Strategies to improve utilization of post-overdose evidence-based risk mitigation among non-fatal overdoses in VA (NOVA)
11/29/2022 Virginia Wang
Amal Trivedi
Impact of COVID-era disrupted care on disparities in outcomes among Veterans with kidney failure
1/31/2023 Alan McGuire
Marianne Matthias
COVID-19 Impact on pain management: highlighting, explaining, and realigning services (CIPHER)
2/28/2023 Emily Williams
Jennifer Chen
Applying Critical Race Theory to investigate the impact of COVID-19-related policy changes on racial/ethnic disparities in medication treatment for opioid use disorder
3/28/2023 Ashok Reddy COVID-19 Preventive Health Inventory: evaluating a primary care approach to catching-up on needed chronic and preventive care for Veterans
4/25/2023 Renda Weiner
Amy Linsky
Impact of COVID-19 on implementation and outcomes of VA's Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative
5/23/2023 Samantha Connolly Provision of high quality tele-mental health care during COVID-19 and beyond
Fall 2023 Sylvia Hysong Maintaining preventive care during public health emergencies through effective coordination
Fall 2023 Anouk Grubaugh Impact of COVID-19 on continuity of care for Veterans on antipsychotic medications

*Future dates subject to change

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Last updated: October 20, 2022