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Portland CIVIC Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is responsible for reviewing progress toward goals and objectives, ensuring that our Strategic Plan continues to be relevant and aligned with the priorities of partners to produce research to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans, and providing guidance on potential changes to operations. The Steering Committee advises CIVIC leadership on overcoming unanticipated obstacles, capitalizing on new opportunities, and facilitating dissemination of research products and communications among CIVIC investigators and VA leadership. CIVIC’s Steering Committee includes representatives from each of our operational partners’ offices, our academic affiliate (OHSU), research content and implementation experts, VA Portland Health Care System ACOS for R&D, VA Portland Health Care System Chief of Staff, and a recently deployed Veteran who is also a manager in the VA Portland Health Care System Mental Health Division.

Steering Commitee Members

Name, Role, Affiliation:

Boyd, Teresa, DO VA Leader Chief Medical Officer, VISN 20

Carroll, David, PhD VA Leader Executive Director, Office of Mental Health Operations, VHA

Ellison, David, MD Non-VA Researcher Director of the Oregon Clinical Translational Institute, OHSU

Krejci, Laura, MSW VA Leader Associate Director for Communications/Marketing, Education and

Research/Measurement of the Office of Patient Centered Care and

Cultural Transformation.

McConnell, John, PhD, MS, MA Non-VA Researcher Director for Health Systems Effectiveness, Oregon Health & Science

University (OHSU)

Misra, Sahana, MD VA Leader Acting Chief of Staff, VA Portland Health Care System

Sardo, James M., PhD VA Provider Staff Psychologist and Program Manager, Substance Abuse Treatment

Program, VA Portland Health Care System; Major, Oregon Army National

Guard, MEDCOM.

Thompson, Caitlin, PhD (Co-Chair) VA Leader Associate Director, VA Center of Excellence on Suicide Prevention