HERC: Disrupted Care Related Projects
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Disrupted Care Related Projects


Below are the current and completed projects related to COVID-19 disrupted and deferred care. To facilitate communication, each PI’s VA email address is hyperlinked to his/her name. Project aims are described here.

Funding Source PI PI Institution Project Title
HSR&D Abigail Baim-Lance Bronx Optimizing Patient-Centered Routine Care at a Distance for Veterans with Chronic Conditions
HSR&D Christopher Bowling Durham Characterize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social participation, function, and access to necessary services among older adults with advanced CKD
HSR&D Bryann DeBeer Aurora Impact of COVID-19 and Social Distancing on Mental Health and Suicide Risk in Veterans
HSR&D Claudia Der-Martirosian West Los Angeles Use of VA Telehealth Services at VAGLAHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
HSR&D Johanne Eliacin Indianapolis Expanding VA Peer Support Workforce Capacity to Facilitate Increased Access to VHA Mental Health Services and Continuity of Care for Veterans with Mental Illness During The COVID-19 Pandemic
HSR&D Angela Fagerlin Salt Lake City Veterans Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HSR&D Jennifer Funderburk and Robyn Shepardson Syracuse Piloting a Self-Help Intervention to Improve Veteran Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HSR&D Karleen Giannitrapni Palo Alto A Needs Assessment for Facilitating the Role of VA Occupational Health Providers during COVID-19
HSR&D Anouk Grubaugh Charleston Impact of COVID-19 on Continuity of Care for Veterans on Antipsychotic Medications
HSR&D Kelly Hunt Charleston Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on chronic disease care within the VA
HSR&D Sylvia Hysong Houston Maintaining Preventive Care during Public Health Emergencies through Effective Coordination
HSR&D Nipa P. Kamdar Houston Seeking Food Assistance: Food Insecure Veterans' Experiences Navigating through Systems
HSR&D Eve Kerr and Sameer Saini Ann Arbor Developing effective strategies to improve access in the COVID-19 system recovery phase
HSR&D Bo Kim Boston Applying the After-Action Review Methodology to Examine Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs’ Response to the COVID--19 Crisis
HSR&D Marianne Matthias Indianapolis Impacts of COVID-19 on African American Veterans with Chronic Pain
HSR&D Alan McGuire and Marianne Matthias Indianapolis COVID-19 Impact on Pain management: Highlighting, Explaining, and Realigning services (CIPHER)
HSR&D Diana Mendez Orlando Changes in the Delivery of Evidenced Based Psychotherapies for Depression and PTSD as the Result of COVID-19 Pandemic
HSR&D Brent Moore and William Becker West Haven Virtual Pain Care for High-Risk Veterans on Opioids during COVID-19 (and beyond)
HSR&D Ursula Myers Charleston A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study of the Impacts of Tele mental Healthcare for High-Risk Veterans with Opioid Use Disorder during COVID-19
HSR&D Dennis Oh San Francisco  Improving Dermatology Access by Direct-to-Patient Teledermatology and Computer-Assisted Diagnosis
HSR&D Elizabeth Oliva Palo Alto Strategies to improve Utilization of Post-overdose Evidence-based Risk mitigation among Non-fatal Overdoses in VA (NOVA)
HSR&D Richard Owen Little Rock  Adapting and Implementing the Blended Collaborative Care Model in CBOCs
HSR&D Prasad Padala and Hillary Lum Little Rock COVID-19 Impact on Biopsychosocial Factors of Loneliness in Rural Older Veterans and Caregivers
HSR&D Lauren Penney San Antonio The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Veteran Caregivers: A Mixed Methods Study to inform the VA Caregiver Support System
HSR&D Laura Petersen Houston Rapid assessment of national surges and variations in COVID-19 inpatient nurse staffing using a big data approach
HSR&D Ashok Reddy Puget Sound COVID-19 Preventive Health Inventory: Evaluating a primary care approach to catching-up on needed chronic and preventive care for Veterans
HSR&D James Rudolph Providence COVID-19 in the VA Community Living Centers (CLCs)
HSR&D Lisa Silbert Portland Impact of Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cognitive, Physical, and Mental Health in Urban and Rural Veterans in the Pacific Northwest
HSR&D Alan Teo Portland Adapting Caring Contacts to Counteract Adverse Effects of Social Distancing Among High-Risk Veterans During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HSR&D Anita Vashi Palo Alto Impact of COVID-19 on ED and UC Use and Veteran Outcomes
HSR&D Virginia Wang and Amal Trivedi Raleigh and Providence  Impact of COVID-era Disrupted Care on Disparities in Outcomes among Veterans with Kidney Failure
HSR&D Renda Weiner and Amy Linsky Boston Impact of COVID-19 on Implementation and Outcomes of VA's Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative
HSR&D David Winchester Gainesville Effectiveness of telehealth to adequately manage ACSC such as admission for congestive heart failure (CHF)
HSR&D Celina Yong Palo Alto Delaying Cardiovascular Procedures to Curb the Spread of COVID-19 among Veterans: Variation in VHA Practice Patterns and Outcomes
VISN 7 RDA Award Ruth Adelunke Charleston Intersecting epidemics of SARS-CoV-2 and HIV may have uniquely placed persons living with HIV (PLWH) vulnerable to both the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic
COIN – Ci2i Matthew Boden Palo Alto Addressing the mental health impact of COVID-19 through population health
CDA Samantha Connolly Boston Provision of high quality telemental health care during COVID-19 and beyond
VA Office of Connected Care  Claudia Der-Martirosian and Lucinda Leung Los Angeles Leveraging rapid COVID-driven telehealth expansion to optimize delivery of in-person and virtual services in VA primary care
Primary Care Analytics Team/ Office of Primary Care Emily Franzosa Bronx VA-paid Home Health Aides' role in facilitating access to and coordination of primary care for vulnerable older Veterans during COVID-19
GECDAC/ NIA Orna Intrator Canandaigua (Not provided)
CDC Mark D. Schwartz New York Impact of Community Factors on Geographic Disparities in Diabetes and Obesity Nationwide
NIH-NIDA Emily Williams and Jennifer Chen Seattle 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 (MOUD)
Office of Primary Care  Jean Yoon Palo Alto Use of Virtual Care and Adherence to Chronic Medications During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Last updated: October 20, 2022