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Title:VA programs aim to attract transitioning service women and health providers to its health facilities

Author:VA Careers

Date:June 2021

Source:VAntage Point Contributor © 2021, Reprinted with permission

Volume:Volume 3 Issue 176

Every VAMC has a designated women Veterans program manager to help women Veterans access VA benefits and health services

Women are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. Veteran population, and we're ready to provide them with high-quality health care delivered by dedicated women's health providers.

To encourage service women who are transitioning out of the military or are new Veterans to enroll in VA health care, we've kicked off a new, online women's health transition training program. The training provides a detailed look at all of the VA health services and programs available to women Veterans. The program also covers information about eligibility, how to enroll in VA health care and how to connect with other women Veterans.

The training is designed to complement VA's Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and is based on an in-person and virtual program started as a joint effort between VA and the Department of Defense.

Some of the health services available to women Veterans include reproductive care, maternity care, cancer screenings, whole health and mental health services for issues including military sexual trauma, domestic violence, post-deployment adjustment and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Every VA medical center (VAMC) has a designated women Veterans program manager to help women Veterans access VA benefits and health care services. Each VAMC also has a health care professional available by phone 24/7 to answer health-related questions and offer advice.

Advancing women's health

A lot has been happening on the women's health front at VA, which increases our need for professionals in this field. For instance, we're partnering with other federal agencies, academic institutions and private health care companies to improve prevention, treatment and outcomes for women Veterans with cancer. We created the Women's Health Mini-Residency for Primary Care Rural Providers and Nurses. The program aims to increase skills related to women's health among nurses and providers serving rural communities. Research on women Veterans' health is expanding, and deployment and post-deployment health research is now a major part of the VA women's health research portfolio.

We're also actively recruiting more health care providers with expertise in women's health to participate in these initiatives and help serve the growing number of women Veterans seeking care.

Dual mission

If you want to serve Veterans and are interested in promoting and protecting women's health, VA is the place for you! Not only will you get to fulfill a rewarding dual mission and win the gratitude of Veterans you care for, you will:

  • Receive excellent benefits, including a generous health care and retirement plan.
  • Have opportunities to advance your education and career with financial support from VA.
  • Be able to contribute to innovations and research that improve the health and quality of life for all Veterans.
  • Work for one of the nation's top large employers.

Work at VA

We need top-notch health care providers to care for our women Veterans' health needs. If this describes you:

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