Women Veterans - VA Providence Healthcare System
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VA Providence Healthcare System

 

Women Veterans

The VA Providence Healthcare System serves more than 2,600 enrolled women Veterans. The program collaborates with the new Intimate Partner Violence Program and has spearheaded the End Harassment and Please Don’t Call Me Mister campaigns to educate staff and Veterans. We strive to continually to improve care for women Veterans, increasing the number of women’s health providers with comprehensive women’s health trainings. Most recently, we organized a Women’s Health Mini Residency for New England, organized events including Women’s Health Week and a Women Veteran Baby Shower. A women’s health education summit provided staff education about women’s comprehensive care and suicide prevention. A grant to reduce suicide risk among female Veterans engages telehealth in the effort. 

Women Veterans within the VA Providence HCS have a choice to receive their care at the Women’s Health Clinic, within the main hospital, or at one of our community-based outpatient clinics. Women will be assigned a women’s health provider skilled in the unique needs of women’s health. They will receive privacy, dignity and sensitivity to their gender-specific needs they have earned through their service and sacrifice. A full-time Women Veterans Program Manager is ready to assist women Veterans in getting timely access to the health care services they need, including primary care, mental and behavioral health services, and reproductive health care, such as maternity care and infertility evaluation. We have two gynecologists on staff, one of whom is the lead gynecologist for the VA New England Healthcare System.

See the Providence Journal story about ... A nurse in Vietnam, she’s still paying the price -- Kathy Murray, of Fall River, was just 19 when she enlisted in the Army in July of 1966. She was looking for adventure, a way to see beyond the state line of Massachusetts, and a means to pay her last $150 tuition bill for nursing school at St. Luke's School of Nursing in New Bedford... 
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200927/veterans-voice-nurse-in-vietnam-shersquos-still-paying-price

See the story of the first first Rhode Island all-women Veterans Honor Flight in 2019. The crew and 44 women Veterans flew from Rhode Island to spend the day in Washington, D.C. The group included Veterans from World War II to the Global War on Terrorism. The oldest was 96 years old and the youngest was 35: 
http://nebula.wsimg.com/7a5a69bbf4a6abbf08d1b5b3c0581fdc?AccessKeyId=9F3AE519E91934AEEA26&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Women Veterans Program Manager
Your Women Veterans Program Manager here in Providence is Tonya Maselli McConnell, LICSW, BCD.  You can reach Tonya at (401) 273-7100, extension 16191.  She can answer your questions about the program and assist you with enrollment.

The following services are available for women Veterans:

General Health
- Primary Care
- Gynecological Care
- Maternity Care
- Birth Control
- Infertility Evaluation and Treatment
- Menopause Evaluation/Treatment
- Osteoporosis Screening/Treatment           
- Cancer Screenings
- Mammograms
- Wellness and Healthy Living
- Nutrition and Weight Management
- Stop Smoking Program

Mental Health
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Management of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
- Adjustment from Deployment        
- Counseling and Treatment for:
  - Military Sexual Trauma
  - Parenting and Caregiver Issues
  - Violence and Abuse
  - Alcohol and Drug Dependence

Special Programs
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Vocational Rehabilitation
- Educational Opportunities
- Links to Job and Career Counseling
- Services for Homeless Veterans
- MOVE! – Managing Overweight Veterans Everywhere

For Women Veterans, VA is Here

Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.

Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

Whole Health - It's All About You

VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop smoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control
  • Family planning and preconception counseling
  • Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
  • Osteoporosis screening and management

Gynecology Health Services

Evaluation and treatment for:

  • Abnormal Pap test
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:

  • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
  • Coping with illness
  • Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Parenting and caregiver concerns
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress adjustment from deployment

Specialty Care

  • Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy

VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy.