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VA HSR&D Investigators to Speak at Palo Alto Media Round Table

June 28, 2012

On June 22, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System held a Veterans Research Media Roundtable following the dedication of their new VA Mental Health Center. The Honorable Dr. Robert Petzel, VA Under Secretary for Health, was principal speaker at the grand opening of the 90,000 square-foot facility, which is designed to provide a continuum of mental health services—from inpatient to outpatient—with an additional research component.

The Round Table featured three VA Health Services Research & Development Service (VA HSR&D) investigators, who discussed women Veterans' health research in VA.

  • Susan Frayne, M.D., M.P.H., of HSR&D's Center for Health Care Evaluation (CHCE) and Associate Director at the Women's Health Center of Excellence at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, and Elizabeth Yano, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Director of HSR&D's Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior in Sepulveda, CA, discussed the VA Women's Health Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN), which supports clinical research that tests women's health-related interventions and studies requiring the recruitment of women Veterans at multiple sites.
  • Rachel Kimerling, Ph.D., also part of CHCE and VA's National Center for PTSD, talked about military sexual trauma (MST) and women Veterans. All Veterans who screen positive for MST are eligible to receive free VA healthcare services for both mental and physical conditions related to their MST.

The event served as both a community and media information opportunity, and was open to all attending Veterans and their families, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System staff, and invited media.

To learn more about VA HSR&D-funded studies, search citations, attend online Cyber Seminars, or to watch videos related to women Veterans' health services research, visit the women's health research section of the HSR&D website.