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The VetResearchHub is an interactive webpage where veterans and their loved ones can learn about the processes of research participation and discover opportunities to take part in research available within their community. We have created a space where veterans are able to access modules within the Veteran-Driven Research Participation Program that demystify the procedures associated with research. After completing these modules, veterans have the opportunity to directly contact researchers focused on Patient-Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) they are interested in potentially collaborating with. These modules narrated by, created with, and improved with the help of veterans aims to provide our veterans with a secure and informative space to connect with other stakeholders to further advance veteran-centered research. The VetResearchHub is focused on improving health outcomes to align with the everyday needs of veterans around the nation. By helping our veterans become active participants in research, we are able to bridge together the gap that exist between effective treatment and access for all veterans.

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Modules

The modules in the Veteran-Driven Research Participation Program were created by and with the help of veterans through every step of the process. Completion of this program prepares veterans to act as full partners in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Please click below to continue to the course.
https://www.operationpcor.com/

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Community Engagement Opportunities

Below is a list of research participation opportunities within your area.


MISSION ALLIANCE: Engaging Veteran communities to capture & prioritize PTSD-related PCOR/CER topics related to COVID-19.

The overall goal of Mission Alliance is to support four Regional Units led by a Veteran and a Collaborative Academic Research Member team who will hold virtual meetings with veterans and community stakeholders to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on social isolation, loneliness, mental health, and wellbeing. At the end of the community engagement award, the Mission Alliance Team will identify, develop, and prioritize a PTSD-related Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)/Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) agenda that is the result of the virtual meetings with veterans and community stakeholders. Virtual meetings will last up to one hour and will run monthly through December 2022. As a token of appreciation for participation, the veteran and/or community stakeholder will receive a $10 gift card, a $10 meal card, and a challenge coin.

Contact information:
For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Wendi Niad (wniad@health.fau.edu).


Mind Over Matter: A Veteran-driven Roadmap to Research on Traumatic Brain Injury - Ongoing

Mind Over Matter (M.O.M.) provides a platform that gives veterans with a mild TBI (mTBI) and their caregivers an active voice in developing a clear pathway for increasing relevance of TBI Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and outcomes that are important to them so they can live their healthiest lives. The input from mTBI and their caregivers will be used to develop a M.O.M. Roadmap for Research on TBI featuring PCOR topics and CER questions that matter most to veterans which will be translated into a publicly accessible resource. Virtual meetings will last up to one hour and will run monthly through May 2023. As a token of appreciation for participation, the veteran and/or community stakeholder will receive a $10 gift card, a $10 meal card, and a challenge coin.

Contact information:
This project is led by Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello at ckrausep@health.fau.edu and Dr. Elisa A. Borah at Elisa.Borah@austin.utexas.edu. For more information, please contact the Project Manager, S. Juliana Moreno (fau_smoreno@health.fau.edu).

If you are interested in participating in the project, please feel free to contact your state’s designated unit leaders:

This program is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (21037-FAU).

Research Participation Opportunities

Below is a list of research participation opportunities within your area.


Veteran Canine Rescue Missions: A New Program That will Pair Veterans with Shelter Dogs

The Veteran Canine Rescue Mission (VCRM) is a new and innovative program pairing Florida Atlantic University (FAU) student veterans with shelter dogs. This program is being offered through a partnership with a trusted animal shelter in our community, the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC) and the FAU’s Military and Veterans Student Success Center. The Mission provides veterans with a dog that has been pre-selected selected - under the guidance of a veteran who is a certified dog trainer. Dog adoptions will be followed with a 10-day board and train training regimen for each dog, prior to the dog going home to its new home. This is followed by eight sessions of private dog training lessons. The Mission decreases the number of shelter dogs in our community, while providing a non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention for veterans with sub-optimal mental health and wellness. In addition, biopsychosocial assessments will be collected at multiple time points throughout the animal-assisted intervention.

Contact information:
For more information, please contact a research team member, cpaww@health.fau.edu



My Dog, My Hero: Digital Storytelling Project

The overall purpose of this project is for Veterans to create a virtual story detailing the chronicles of their life and their canine companions. Individuals will participate in virtual meetings (1 hour/week for 8 weeks) to create a digital virtual story about their life and the impact their companion or service dog has made. These virtual meetings will alternate between group meetings with research assistants and other Veterans participating in the study, and private meetings between the individual and their assigned research assistant who will be helping them throughout the project. Veterans will also be asked to complete online surveys at weeks 1 and 8. Each survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the project, individuals will receive a $30 gift card as a token of our appreciation.

You can also see the attached flyers about this study: Veteran-storytelling-project-flyer


Contact information:

For more information, email us at cpaww@health.fau.edu.
This project is led by Dr. Patricia Liehr pliehr@health.fau.edu
You may also contact Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello at ckrausep@health.fau.edu and Dr. Beth Pratt at bpratt4@health.fau.edu.



Veterans and their dogs: A nationwide survey examining dog functional types, human-dog relationships, mental health, wellness, and sleep outcomes.

The overall purpose of this study is to examine dog types and their impact on Veterans’ health and well-being. We are looking for US Veterans who have a service dog, emotional support dog, or companion dog. You must be 18 or older and have access to internet in order to participate in this survey. The time commitment entails three 30-45 minute sessions over 12 months, and participants can receive compensation up to $100 for their time.

Link to the study: Click here

You can also see the attached flyer about this study: Veterans and their Dogs Flyer


Contact information:

For more information, email us at cpaww@health.fau.edu.
You may also contact PI Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello at ckrausep@health.fau.edu or Dr. Christine Spadola at cspadola@fau.edu.



Evaluating the Efficacy of a Service Dog Training Program for Military Veterans with PTSD

Description:The University of Maryland School of Nursing has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant in conjunction with Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.).This study is taking place at both Warrior Canine Connection in Boyds, Maryland Website: https://warriorcanineconnection.org/ and in the community.

We are looking for local veterans to voluntarily participate in this 8-week study. Participants needed for the research study and study details include: Military Veteran with PTSD Interested in training a service dog to help another veteran Participants will be compensated for their time.
You can also click on the following link for a flyer about this study: Recruitment Flyer


Contact information:

For more information, email Ms. Taber at dtaber@umaryland.edu or Dr. Friedmann at friedmann@umaryland.edu or call (410) 706-4233 or (410) 706-0659.

The PI’s for this project are Dr. Erika Friedmann
email: friedmann@umaryland.edu and Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello
email: ckrausep@health.fau.edu

Our PCORI Funded Outcomes

Below is a list of the outcomes from our projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


Veterans’ Action League 2.0: A White Paper on Patient-Centered Chronic Pain Management

Veterans Action League (VAL) 2.0 provides a neutral platform for key stakeholders to share opinions, obstacles, and research ideas for improving chronic pain management and treatment. VAL Units formed in Georgia, Illinois, Florida, and Virginia led by Veteran Unit Leaders (Unit-L’s) will drive the creation of a National Veteran-Centered Chronic Pain Research Agenda (NV-CCPA). Together, we created a White Paper to outline our projects objectives, as well as shed insight on approaches for chronic pain management and treatments for Veterans.


Operation PCOR: A Community Engagement Project Preparing Veterans as Full Partners in PTSD-Related Research

This project outlines the outcomes of the community engagement project, Operation PCOR, designed to train veterans as full partners and join forces with researchers on PTSD-related patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).

To access the manuscript of the project, you can access it in the Journal of Veteran Studies.

View Operation PCOR Publication


Toward Veteran-Centered Research: A Veteran-Focused Community Engagement Project

This publication details the Veteran Action League project, which was developed with the purpose of this U.S.-based multi-state, veteran-focused community engagement project was to create a platform from which U.S. veterans could dialogue and identify their (1) research priorities; (2) barriers to research partnerships and participation; (3) recommendations for engaging other veterans in the research enterprise; and (4) preferences for how they would like to receive research findings.

To access the manuscript of the project, you can access it in the Journal of Veteran Studies.

View Toward Veteran-Centered Research Publication


Protective Factors for Suicide: A Multi-Tiered Veteran-Driven Community Engagement Project

This project was designed to employ community engagement methods in order to accomplish two objectives: uncover accessible, existing factors protective against suicidality in veterans and develop a related comparative effectiveness research (CER) question.

To access the manuscript of the project, you can access it in the Journal of Veteran Studies.

View Protective Factors for Suicide Publication


VAL 2.0 Town Hall

Erratum:

At 59:20 during the VAL 2.0 Town Hall Video, an individual referenced Jodi Lott; her official title is Representative Jodi Lott of the Georgia House of Representatives.


Veterans Action League 2.0 Toolkit

A Capacity-Building Toolkit For Engaging Veterans In Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Dissemination of Findings During the COVID-19 Pandemic Description: This publication was developed as part of the Veterans Action League (VAL) 2.0 project to be utilized as a resource for other awardees, potential awardees, for individuals interested in a PCOR/CER project, and the research community. Specifically, these recommendations are beneficial to those partaking in PCOR/CER within the veteran community or those whose decisions or policies directly impact this community. The authors of this Toolkit worked collectively to provide highly insightful information to promote successful engagement with the veteran community.

View VAL 2.0 Toolkit