Women Veterans Health Care
Women Veterans Health Care produces a host of outreach materials offering background on women's health at the VA. These materials include brochures, videos, health outreach campaigns, and research publications and reports.
Women Veterans Health Care is leading a VA-wide culture change campaign to deliver the message: "It’s everyone’s job to care for women Veterans." Learn more and download resources.
Research Publications and Reports
Women Veterans have achieved amazing successes in the military. They’ve become four star generals, commanded ships, earned medals of honor, and piloted space shuttles. They’ve served our country with courage, loyalty and pride. After they have taken off their uniforms, they continue to serve as leaders of non-profits, leaders in government, leaders in their community, and leaders in business. Today’s women Veterans are shaping the future. VA is committed to providing women Veterans the access to gender-specific care they have earned and deserve.
Barriers to Care Study (PDF)
The Office of Women's Health Services is pleased to release the results of the Barriers to Care Study.
In May 2010, Congress signed Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. Section 201 of this legislation required the VA to examine potential barriers to women Veteran’s accessing and utilizing VA health care services. The legislation specifically identified nine focus areas; Barrier 1: Comprehension of Eligibility Requirement and Scope of Services, Barrier 2: Effect of Outreach Specifically Addressing Women’s Health Services, Barrier 3: Effect of Driving Distance on Access to Care, Barrier 4: Location and Hours, Barrier 5: Childcare, Barrier 6: Acceptability of Integrated Care, Barrier 7: Gender Sensitivity, Barrier 8: Mental Health Stigma and Barrier 9: Safety and Comfort
To examine these topics the VA Office of Women’s Health Services awarded a contract to Altarum Institute, a non-profit independent health research organization. Altarum conducted a nation-wide telephone survey of more than 8,400 women Veterans who currently use and do not use VA services. Results of this study will assist VA in understanding the challenges women Veteran’s encounter when accessing care and inform the future planning of services and programming so that women Veterans receive the highest quality health care.
Gender Differences in Performance Measures:
VHA 2008-2011 (PDF)
This report shows that between 2008 and 2011, VA improved gender disparities in almost all measures and exceeded both private and public sector care on most measures. These findings were corroborated in another report (PDF) from VA's Office of Information and Analytics, which was released at the same time.
Quality performance is one aspect of exemplary care for women Veterans. Reducing—and ultimately eliminating—the gender gaps enhances the experience for women Veterans and ties directly back to our goal of patient-centered, comprehensive care for women.
Sourcebook Volume 1:
Women Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration
Available upon request
The first in a series, this publication describes women Veterans receiving VHA care in Fiscal Year 2009 overall and within key subgroups (by age and by service-connected disability status). Future volumes will focus on race and ethnicity, diagnoses, and the use of fee basis care.
The Sourcebook is one result of ongoing VHA efforts aimed at understanding the effects of military service on women’s lives.
Sourcebook Volume 2:
Women Veterans in the Veterans Health
Administration - Available upon request
Research is a key component in VA's initiative to improve services for women Veterans. VA has just released a report which examines the demographic profile of female VA patients—who they are, how old they are, where they live and how they use VA. The report, Sourcebook: Women Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration–Volume 2, presents data that will inform policy and planning as VA looks at new ways of providing care to women Veterans. Read more headlines about women Veterans and Women Veterans Health Care.
Sourcebook Volume 3:
Women Veterans in the Veterans Health
Administration - Available upon request
Over the past two decades, VHA has rolled out numerous initiatives designed to improve access and quality of care for women Veterans. Along with clinical advances, VHA women’s health research has accelerated, providing an evidence base that further sharpens the focus on women Veterans. Sourcebook Volume 3 is a product of collaboration across VHA. Its primary purpose is to present data to inform policy and program planning as VHA implements and evaluates new ways of providing care to women Veterans. Sourcebook Volume 3—like Volumes 1 and 2—describes sociodemographic characteristics and health care utilization patterns of women Veteran patients in VHA, updated Fiscal Year 2012 data, as well as new data on costs of care and the medical condition profile of women Veterans in VHA.
Sourcebook Volume 4: Women Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration (PDF)
Like Sourcebook Volumes 1, 2, and 3, the Sourcebook Volume 4 describes sociodemographic characteristics, health care utilization patterns, and medical conditions of women Veteran patients in VHA. However, Sourcebook Volume 4 includes more recent data and, for the first time, portrays longitudinal trends across a 16-year time horizon, focusing on cohorts of women Veterans using VHA at four Fiscal Year (FY) timepoints: FY00, FY05, FY10, and FY15. Sourcebook Volume 4 also provides information about cross-facility variability in the number of women Veteran patients over time. It examines women Veterans overall and by age group and compares women to men. Sourcebook Volume 4 thus provides a view of how the population of women Veterans using VHA has been evolving across a 16-year period coinciding with rapid VHA women's health care delivery system advances, and points to directions for readying the system for future expansion of the number of women Veterans using VHA.
Online Appendix (Technical Appendix)
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Data Tables for Part 1. Sociodemographics
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Data Tables for Part 2. Utilization
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Data Tables for Part 3. Health Profile (available upon request)
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Data Tables for Part 4. Geographic Distribution (available upon request)
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Face-to-Face Clinic Stop and CPT/HCPCS Codes, FY15
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Geographic Distribution of Urban/Rural Zip Codes in the Contiguous United States, FY15
Online Appendix (Supplemental Materials): Mapping of ICD-9-CM Codes to WHEI Conditions and Domains, FY00-FY15 (available upon request)
Reproductive health (RH) is a critical part of health. For women, RH encompasses gynecological health throughout life, preconception care, maternity care, cancer care, and the interaction of RH with other mental and medical conditions. Reproductive Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of reproductive disease or infirmity. This definition highlights the importance of taking a health systems approach that integrates RH care issues and services with other aspects of care needed across the life course. The RH needs of women are shaped by their stages of life and life experiences. For women Veterans, their military experiences may influence their RH in important ways. Given the increasing numbers of women in the military and women Veterans, it is critical to understand key aspects of RH in this unique population of women. This first report of the State of Reproductive Health in Women Veterans provides an overview of the RH diagnoses of women Veterans utilizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services, VA delivery of RH care, and a vision for RH in VA.
State of Cardiovascular Health Vol.1(PDF)
The largest cohort of women Veterans is now made up of those aged 45-64, and these women will require cardiovascular care as they continue to age. In addition, the new influx of younger women Veterans necessitates a focus on prevention, including prevention of cardiovascular disease risk factors and conditions. This report is the first in a planned series of reports, this first volume of the State of Cardiovascular Health in Women Veterans evaluates cardiovascular disease risk factors, conditions and procedures occurring in VHA outpatient care in women and men Veterans in 2010.
These brochures provide information on a range of VA services for women Veterans. They are not copyrighted and may be reproduced.
Guide to VA Resource
Health Outreach Campaigns
Women Veterans Health Care puts out regular outreach campaigns, each with a women’s health focus, for Women Veterans Program Managers, Public Affairs Officers, and others in the field that work with women Veterans.
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