New Innovation Fellows Working to Improve Veteran Health Care

"We witnessed an enormous amount of interest in fellowships this year," Suzanne Shirley, director of Fellowships for VA IE, says in a press release.

"Employees from all over the country, from a variety of backgrounds and professions, are pursuing this opportunity to expand their impact and grow in their careers."

Shirley is referring to the VA's Innovation Ecosystem fellowship program, which gives VA employees the opportunity to work on projects that improve the health care and experiences of veterans and VA employees.

The eight new fellows, who will spend a year in the program, are Mary Julius, a quality manager for the National VA-DOD Virtual Diabetes Self-Management Education Program; Rona Relova, a research health scientist at Palo Alto VA; Jay Gorman, a clinical research psychologist in the VISN 1 New England Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and director of the Social Reintegration Research Program at the VA Bedford Healthcare System; Nichol Salvo, chief of Podiatry and program director of Limb Preservation at Atlanta VA; Elizabeth Dinges and Minh Ho, who will partner to spread harm reduction supplies and services to more VA facilities while ensuring Veterans who use drugs are incorporated into VA care models and decisions; Melissa Tran, who used her fellowship year to expand

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