Dr. David Atkins (left), Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH (center), and Dr. Carolyn Clancy (right)
Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH, Director of HSR&D’s Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP) at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System was honored with the Disabled American Veterans' (DAV) Special Recognition Award for her extensive research and work on behalf of the nation's women Veterans. Women are the fastest-growing segment of Veterans in the U.S.—accounting for nearly 10 percent of the total Veteran population in 2018. They are projected to account for 14 percent of the Veteran population in 2025, and nearly 18 percent in 2040.
"This award recognizes Dr. Yano's stellar leadership in developing and managing a robust and comprehensive research portfolio focusing on women Veterans," said Delphine Metcalf-Foster, a disabled U.S. Army Veteran and DAV National Commander. Through her efforts to mentor and train researchers who are interested in women's health, she "has effected positive change for the health and well-being of our nation's women Veterans," Metcalf-Foster added.
Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH (center) received the Disabled American Veterans' (DAV) Special Recognition Award
In addition to her role as CSHIIP director, Dr. Yano leads the HSR&D’s Women Veterans Healthcare CREATE, “Accelerating Implementation of Comprehensive Women's Health Care.” This collaborative, partnered research initiative is comprised of five inter-related studies designed to accelerate the implementation of comprehensive care for women Veterans. She is also principal investigator and co-founder of the VA Women’s Health Research Network (WHRN) that promotes research focused on the unique needs of women Veterans. The WHRN includes both the VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network and the Women’s Health Research Consortium.
Dr. Yano received her award on May 9. HSR&D congratulates her on this well-deserved recognition.