Womens Health

Women’s Heath Issues Examines Health Issues Specific to Women Veterans and the Veterans Health Administration

Newswise — WASHINGTON – the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health will host a media teleconference call to present research from the July/ August Women’s Health Issues supplement titled, “Health and Health Care of Women Veterans and Women in the Military: Research Informing Evidence-based Practice and Policy.” the teleconference call will feature several researchers who will explain their work and take questions from teleconference attendees.

The supplement features 18 peer-reviewed research articles and commentaries addressing the changing demographics and demands of VA health care presented by the recent surge of women Veterans into the system. Commentaries by investigators from the Veterans Health Administration examine the role, history, and future of women Veterans’ health research. among the topics addressed in the supplement are: gender differences and disparities in care; mental health, including military sexual trauma and substance abuse; post deployment health, including posttraumatic stress disorder; quality and delivery of care; and special populations, including homeless women Veterans and those with traumatic brain injury.

Free full-text access to all articles in the Supplement is available at whijournal.com/supplements.

Please join this Media Teleconference call and learn about the research presented in this supplement and have an opportunity to ask several authors questions about their findings.

WHEN: Monday, August 1, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

WHAT: The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services will host a Media teleconference call where researchers will present their research that examines issues related to active-duty and women veterans and their health care needs, as well as the role and responsibility of the VA.

WHO: Presenters will include:• Susan F. Wood, PhD, Executive Director, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health• D. Richard Mauery, MS, MPH, Managing Director, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health; Managing Editor, Women’s Health Issues

“Health and Health Care of Women Veterans and Women in the Military: Research Informing Evidence-Bases Practice and Policy” – Overview• Elizabeth M. Yano, PhD, MSPH, Guest Editor – VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, Sepulveda, California, VA Women’s Health Research Network, Los Angeles, California and Palo Alto, California; Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health

• Susan Frayne, MD, MPH, Guest Editor – VA Palo Alto HSR&D Center of Excellence; Director, VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network Coordinating Center, VA Palo Alto; Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

“Homelessness and Trauma go Hand-in-Hand: Pathways to Homelessness among Women Veterans”• Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH, VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, Los Angeles, California; David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California

“Tailoring VA Primary Care to Women Veterans: Association with Patient-Rated Quality and Satisfaction”• Donna L. Washington, MD, MPH, VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, Sepulveda, California; Department of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California

“Military Sexual Trauma and Patient Perceptions of Veteran Health Administration Health Care Quality”• Rachel Kimerling, PhD, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Palo Alto Health Care system, Menlo Park, California, VA Palo Alto HSR&D Center of Excellence, Menlo Park, California

CONFERENCE CALL DIAL IN INFORMATION:Participants, Toll free: 1.800.434.1335Conference Code: 666455# **If you are interested in attending this call, please RSVP to Anne Banner at or you can call 202-994-2261.

About Women’s Health Issues Women’s Health Issues is the bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. the journal focuses on applied research in women’s health care and policy issues. the special Supplement was sponsored by the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service, VA Office of Research and Development with support from VA’s national Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group. Free full-text access to the supplement’s articles can be accessed at whijournal.com/supplements.

About the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services:Established in July 1997, the School of Public Health and Health Services brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business, and education that we have since expanded substantially. Today, more than 1,100 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 40 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level degrees in public health. our student body is one of the most ethnically diverse among the nation’s private schools of public health. sphhs.gwumc.edu/

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