Women Veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of VA health care users. While research on women Veterans’ health has expanded in recent years, the focus had primarily been on mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. In light of the growing needs of female Veterans, we are expanding our efforts to include research on primary care and prevention, reproductive health, access/rural health and the long-term care needs of older women Veterans.

Some of our new initiatives to accelerate women Veterans’ health care research include:

  • VA Women’s Health Research Network – An initiative to systematically transform VA’s capacity to examine and reduce gender differences.
  • Women Veteran’s Healthcare CREATE – An initiative to conduct research to examine the factors that facilitate or slow the pace, effectiveness and outcomes of delivery of comprehensive care for women Veterans within the VA health care system.
  • EMPOWER Quality Enhancement Research Initiative – The Enhancing Mental and Physical health of Women through Engagement and Retention (EMPOWER) initiative is designed to improve women Veterans’ engagement and retention in evidence-based care for three high-priority health conditions.

When it comes to research, our mission is to advance the health care of all Veterans. The contributions women have made in our armed forces is increasingly affecting the course of that research and we invite you to become a part of it.

As a researcher with the VHA medical staff, you’ll benefit from the knowledge gathered in our robust research portfolio (women-centric and other projects) to continually improve the quality and nature of care available to female Veterans.

Are you ready to help us advance research in women Veterans’ health care? Begin your VHA journey today by searching our available positions. Join VA.

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Published on Jul. 19, 2016

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  1. liz July 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I am a Female Veteran. I am so appalled at the recent care I have received VHA. I was a Medical Officer for 9 years. I had no complaints of my care until the whole Narcotics VA Pill Mill Scandal. This is an outrage how everyone is now targeted as Drug Seekers. As a Female, and with a Medical background I can truly attest this is all lip service! The female Drs. that I have had never walked in my boots, have no idea what issues I dealt with daily. There is no empathy, except meeting the quota that Congress has mandated to decrease Narcotic prescription use by 95% to Veterans, is it any wonder why the suicide rate is high among Veterans? Why the Heroin rate is higher, Veterans must now go in search of their pain treatments in one way or other and the VHA could care less how. MY FEMALE primary Care Dr. actually told me ( and I am 100% Service Connected Disabled ) to go out and purchase a Health Plan. I’ve written, Director of VA Palo Alto, CA, my Congressman, the Honorable,Dr. David J. Shulkin to investigate my case and you want to know what that has resulted in…absolutely nothing.

  2. Linda Eleshuk Roybal July 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for finally being concerned with the state of women veterans’ health. When I took my REFRAD in 1975, the doctor who gave me my exit physical told me, “We’ll never see you again because you are a woman.”

    I never entered a VA health facility again until my husband became a patient at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque.

    I appreciate what you are doing for other woman veterans — finally.


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