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March 2021

Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork

Feature Article

The main goal of HSR&D’s Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork (SPRINT) is to accelerate VA health services suicide prevention research that will improve care and reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Veterans. SPRINT’s main goals are to:

  • Serve as a collaborative network of VA and non-VA researchers, suicide prevention centers of excellence, and operational partners who are dedicated to conducting high-quality, high-priority, and high impact suicide prevention research.
  • Maintain and disseminate up-to-date information about the suicide prevention research landscape and partner priorities to facilitate potential synergies and reduce potential duplications of effort.
  • In collaboration with stakeholders, develop a focused suicide prevention research agenda.
  • Facilitate dissemination and implementation of findings from suicide prevention research.

Communications/Organization Hub, located at the VA Portland Health Care System and led by Steven Dobscha, MD, coordinates overall SPRINT activities and collects, organizes and disseminates key information to SPRINT members and other stakeholders. A Data/Methods Hub, located at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and led by Mark Ilgen PhD, provides consultation and strong practices information to researchers on suicide prevention research methods, measurement, and data sources. A Dissemination/Implementation Hub, located within the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock and led by Teresa Hudson, PhD, PharmD, consults with SPRINT members on designing and conducting implementation suicide prevention research and program evaluations, and supports SPRINT’s Veteran Engagement Council.

SPRINT’s primary partners include VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC); VISN-2 Center of Excellence in Suicide Prevention; Rocky Mountain MIRECC, Behavioral Health-QUERI, and the VA HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP).

For more information about SPRINT, see https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/core/sprint.cfm or feel free to reach out to SuicidePreventionRes@va.gov

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