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Saybrook University Alumna Dr. Leila Kozak Receives Grant from NCI and is Appointed Clinical Champion by the Veterans Administration

Dr. Leila Kozak
Dr. Leila Kozak

Saybrook Psychology Alumna Dr. Leila Kozak (Ph.D. '07) recently received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a project entitled: Palliative Care Provider Online Education in Evidence-Based Complementary Therapies, and was appointed Clinical Champion at Veterans Administration (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, WA.

The palliative care project will develop and test a series of online continuing education modules to teach palliative care providers about use of evidence-based complementary therapies.  Dr. Kozak and Dr. William Collinge are Co-Principal Investigators for the project. These materials will be tested with a cohort of palliative care providers from institutions such as the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Veteran Administration Health Care System. 

A Clinical Champion is a staff member who has demonstrated knowledge and interest in Patient-Centered Care, including whole person/integrative care, complementary therapies, and psycho-social-spiritual and wellness interventions. Nationally, the VA is moving toward a model of care with a patient-centered focus versus a disease-based model. Person-centered care is also known as personalized, whole-person, or integrative care.  As a step towards implementing this model across all facilities, the VA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) has funded 30 Clinical Champions nationally, whose role is to develop and promote programs that are patient centered and that will advance the vision of personalized/integrative care within VA for all Veterans.  
This position is funded through OPCC&CT at the VA Central Office in Washington, DC, which announced that Dr. Leila Kozak and Dr. David Kearney will represent VA Puget Sound, because of their "experience in providing education and training to clinicians and a demonstrated knowledge and interest in Patient-Centered Care."
Dr. Kozak will serve as a liaison between the Field Implementation Teams (FIT), OPCC&CT, and regional (VISN)  facilities, with a focus on forming close partnerships and with the goal of developing and implementing patient centered care (PCC) initiatives, including:
• Providing consultation and orientation to facilities in PCC principles and practices focused on improving the experience of care as well as the changing model of care delivery.
• Providing on-site facility training and orientation for clinical staff on PCC and clinical practices, such as health coaching and integrative medicine.
• Assisting the OPCC&CT in developing and implementing tools for working with clinical staff.
• Leading committees and groups to further PCC clinical programs that focus on new models of healthcare delivery that include integrative models of care.
Posted at 02:30 PM

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