Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. VA is raising awareness about how alcohol use can affect a woman’s health and how VA can help.
March is Women’s History Month
Throughout the month of March, VA hosted a series of events to celebrate the successes of women Veterans in multiple sectors of society!
Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population? Learn more about the changing face of women Veterans and what VA is doing to meet their health care needs.
The Barriers to Care Survey Is Underway
Telephone surveys began in December 2013, and will take place over the course of about nine months. This study will involve at a minimum, 400 women from each of the 21 Veteran Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) for a minimum total of 8,400 completed interviews. In concert with VA, the study has selected a random sample of women Veterans from across the country, some who have used VA health care and some who have not. The telephone survey is expected to take about 40 minutes. Collection of this data will allow the stakeholders to identify barriers to VA use, unmet need for health care, and health care delivery preferences (i.e., the features of the current VA women’s health delivery model that facilitates versus hinders access to VA care). The survey results will be compiled and presented to Congress, as the legislation requires, and will be of interest to Veterans, VA leaders, providers and policymakers. Read more here.
Year Five of the Mini-Residency Program
This fall marked the fifth year of the successful mini-residency program sponsored by Women’s Health Services (WHS) and Veterans Health Administration’s Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN). Developed by women Veterans health clinical experts, the mini-residency program for primary care providers continues to further VHA’s progress in reaching VA’s goal of implementing comprehensive primary care for women at all VA sites, and over 1850 providers have been trained to date. “We launched these mini-residencies in 2008 as a way to proactively prepare our providers for the record influx of women Veterans,” said Patricia Hayes, Chief Consultant, Women’s Health Services. “I am thrilled that we have trained so many providers and see this as a major step towards having every woman Veteran who comes to VA seen by a provider who is both interested and proficient in women’s health care.” Read more here.
America has had a long history of supporting its defenders, and this commitment guides VA today. VA fulfills its obligation to serve Veterans by living a set of core values that define who we are as an organization: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence — I CARE. Veterans trust that we will live these values every day, and VA is committed to exceeding them. We are honored to provide the very best in compassionate and quality health care services.