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SPRINT Priorities

One of SPRINT's main goals is to work with stakeholders, including our operations partners, to support a focused health services suicide prevention research agenda for Veterans. This process includes identifying high research priority areas that can be disseminated to the field and be supported by SPRINT Planning Awards.

In May 2021, SPRINT Core Investigators met with operations partners (Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention [OMHSP]; HSR&D, representatives from its other partner groups, and additional stakeholders and experts to update a list of priority areas. Specific factors considered in creating the priority list include current OMHSP suicide prevention priorities as well as:

1) Evidence on suicide prevention interventions

2) Active funded suicide prevention research projects

Among the many possible priorities identified, the following four specific areas have been selected by SPRINT as especially high priorities to support in Fiscal Year 2022:

  • Lethal Means Safety
    • Includes research on use of messaging to reduce access to lethal means
    • Includes research understanding and addressing Veteran firearm-owning culture
  • Veterans who are not engaged with VA care
    • Includes development and testing of approaches that identify, engage and address risk among Veterans not engaged in VA care
    • Includes research focused on Veterans who have left VA care
  • Community and Relationships
    (See Cramer and Kapusta 2017:
    • Includes research in workplace settings, neighborhoods, and institutions, and studies that examine access and environment of care in healthcare settings
    • Includes research on reaching/engaging partners, peers, and other supports to reduce suicide and suicide risk
  • Social Determinants of Health and Social Needs
    • Includes developing/implementing interventions that reduce risk for Veterans by targeting social determinants of health or their social needs (See Castrucci and Auerbach 2019:
    • Includes research on understanding social determinants of health in high-risk Veteran subpopulations (e.g., rural, geriatric, LGBTQ, transitioning Veterans)

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