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.