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Director's Letter by David Atkins, MD, MPH, Director, HSR&D
Increasing Rural Veterans' Access to Care
By Thomas F. Klobucar, PhD, Acting Executive Director, Office of
Rural Health, Washington, DC
Partnered Research to Improve Health of
By Teresa Hudson, PharmD, PhD, HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and
Outcomes Research, North Little Rock, Arkansas
The Virtual Specialty Care QUERI Program:
Improving Access to High-Quality Specialty Care
for Rural Veterans
By John Fortney, PhD, Greg Reger, PhD, and Alexis Beatty, MD, all with
HSR&D's Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven
Care, VA Puget Sound Health Care System; and Heather Reisinger, PhD,
Caroline Turvey, PhD, and Michael Ohl, MD, all with HSR&D's Center for
Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation, Iowa City
VA Health Care System
Building an Adequate VA Care Network:
Evaluating the Impact of Choice Providers
By Evan Carey, MS, HSR&D Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value
Driven-Care, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, Colorado
Identifying Barriers to Engagement in Mental
Health Care: Perspectives of Rural Veterans and
By Ellen P. Fischer, PhD, HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes
Research and South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and
Clinical Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas; Jean C. McSweeney, PhD,
and Patricia Wright, PhD, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
VHA-Indian Health Service Collaborations Reveal
Opportunities to Improve Rural Health Care
By B. Josea Kramer, PhD, Beth Creekmur, MA, and Debra Saliba MD, MPH;
Drs. Kramer and Saliba are with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare
System, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Los Angeles,
California; Ms. Creekmur is with the Department of Research and
Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, California