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Quality Enhancement Research Initiative

QUERI E-news
Winter 2023

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Advancing Diversity in Implementation Research

QUERI’s Advancing Diversity in Implementation Leadership (ADIL) initiative fosters implementation, quality improvement, and evaluation leadership opportunities for early career investigators and staff. The ADIL initiative provides support for candidates from diverse backgrounds to participate in hands-on mentoring, training, and educational opportunities, including leading a non-research project that is aligned with one or more VA priorities and is focused on improving the health and care of all Veterans.

QUERI welcomes five new ADIL awardees!

Evan Carey, PhD, part of Quadruple AIM QUERI and HSR&D’s Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered & Value-Driven Care, is working on the ADIL project Design and Implementation of an Informatics Tool Supporting Precision Population Health for Veterans Experiencing Chronic Pain. The goal of this project is to implement a precision population health dashboard in the context of chronic pain care among Veterans at the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System. Dr. Carey is being mentored by Joseph Frank, MD, and Michael Ho, MD.

Taylor Harris, PhD, a VA Advanced Fellow in Health Services Research and part of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare, is working on the ADIL project Examining Workforce Wellbeing within VA Homeless Service Programs Engaged in a National Initiative to Implement Critical Time Intervention. This work supplements Housing Transitions QUERI and aims to examine workforce wellbeing among community-based homeless service providers implementing an evidence-based case management practice for Veterans who have experienced homelessness and are undergoing housing transitions. Dr. Harris is being mentored by Sonya Gabrielian, MD, who co-leads Housing Transitions QUERI.

Yuvaram Reddy, MBBS, MPH, part of HSR&D’s Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP), is working on the ADIL project Leveraging Practice Variations to Grow Home Dialysis within VA. This ADIL project seeks to enhance our understanding of variation in home dialysis use in VA and help inform strategies to expand home dialysis use. Dr. Reddy is being mentored by Robert Burke, MD, also part of CHERP, and Ann O’Hare, MD, part of HSR&D’s Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care.

Geneva Wilson, PhD, part of CARRIAGE QUERI and HSR&D’s Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) is working on the ADIL project Evaluating Clostridioides Difficile Diagnostics (CDI) Stewardship in the VA. Dr. Wilson will evaluate the appropriateness of CDI tests in VISN 12 (VA Great Lakes Healthcare System) based on VA guidelines, which includes determining VA patient populations most affected and identifying areas where future implementation can improve outcomes. Dr. Wilson is being mentored by Charlesnika Evans, PhD.

Sarah M. Wilson, PhD, an HSR&D Career Development Awardee (CDA) and part of HSR&D’s Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT), is working on the ADIL project Investigating and Mitigating Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes for Hospitalized Older Adult Veterans. This two-year project – a supplement to Function QUERI – focuses on incorporating an equity lens into programs that promote Veteran function and independence. Dr. Wilson and her team are examining disparities among hospitalized older adult Veterans prior to and after the implementation of STRIDE – a supervised walking program for hospitalized older adults that has been shown to improve post-hospitalization outcomes. They also are working to design equity-driven implementation strategies to help mitigate health inequities. Dr. Wilson is being mentored by S. Nicole Hastings, MD, MHS.

For more information about the ADIL initiative, please contact Kara Beck, PhD, QUERI Program Manager, at

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