Women are entering the military in record numbers—they currently comprise 20% of new recruits, and it's estimated that by 2018, 10% of the Veteran population will consist of women Veterans. To support the healthcare needs associated with both current and future women Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration supports a comprehensive women's health research agenda, which includes significant contributions from VA's Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D). HSR&D has overseen development of VA-wide and HSR&D-focused research agendas to advance scientific research that includes or focuses on women Veterans to better understand their health and healthcare needs and inform systematic improvements in their care. Below, you will find links to the published agendas, VA Women's Health Research Network (WHRN), research highlights in key topical areas, and additional resources.
In addition to the comprehensive research agenda established by VHA and the many, specific HSR&D investigations, HSR&D has also funded the Women's Health Research Network, composed of two partnered components, the Women's Health Research Consortium (WHRC) and the Women's Health Practice Based Research Network (PBRN). The Network enhances the conduct of VA women's health services research studies by building capacity, meeting field-based technical needs and reducing barriers associated with conducting multi-site studies.