Center of Innovation on Disability & Rehab Research (CINDRR)
VRHRC-GNVThe investigators who now comprise the VRHRC-GNV team were originally part of the Eastern Region VRHRC and worked on the following VRHRC Rural Promising Practices (RPP) and Enterprise Wide Initiatives (EWIs) including:
- Clinical Video Telehealth to Care for Rural Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis
- Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans’ Mental Health
- Rural Training Initiative
- Rural Veterans Tele-Rehabilitation Initiative
- VISN Needs and Priorities Study EWI.
VRHRC-GNV investigators are experts in research design and analysis and, in addition to research, have conducted evaluations for ORH that received high praise from leadership of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Of note, the evaluation team for the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot performed analyses that enabled the ORH Executive Director to provide data-driven recommendations to the Secretary of VA.
Currently, VRHRC-GNV investigators are conducting an EWI – the VHA Rural Needs Assessment EWI, and evaluating two other EWIs:
- Tele-Rehabilitation EWI (TR-EWI)
- Rural Veterans TeleRehabilitation Initiative (RVTRI)
The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) where the VRHRC-GNV is located consists of 2 medical centers, 3 large multi-specialty outpatient clinics, and 9 community-based primary care outpatient clinics. The NF/SGVHS is one of the busiest VA health systems, providing 120,000 unique patient encounters monthly. A half century of southeastern migration of elderly Veterans and more recent post-hurricane relocations from south Florida and Puerto Rico have combined to make the NF/SGVHS responsible for a large, ethnically diverse Veteran population.
In collaboration with ORH, the VRHRC-GNV identified two broad areas in the ORH portfolio that have gaps in information, and these will be come the focus of the VRHRC-GNV:
- Independent living for rural Veterans
- Workforce recruitment/retention/education in rural areas.
The VRHRC-GNV will support the overall ORH mission to conduct, coordinate, promote, and disseminate research on care for rural Veterans and to develop, refine and promulgate policies, best practices, lessons learned, and innovative and successful programs.
In addition, the VRHRC-GNV will provide technical assistance to the VA rural health community and, as needed, to others within VHA, on research design, statistical analysis, survey design, psychometrics, and qualitative methodology and on data extraction, management, and reporting. Moreover, in the past 3 years, our investigators have gained significant experience with EWI evaluations. Our evaluation team will continue to offer this service on request. Geospatial services will be provided by the GSOD.