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Health Services Research Conference: Women Veterans

August 14, 2014

Sponsored by VA's Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), a conference titled "Enhancing Partnerships for Research and Care for Women Veteran" was held in Arlington, VA from July 31 to August 1, 2014. Supported by HSR&D's Women's Health Research Network, this conference was developed in recognition of the significant growth of health services research focused on women Veterans and women in the military, and to encourage partnerships that will further these efforts and positively impact the health and care of women Veterans.

Since 2000, the number of women Veterans who use VA healthcare has more than doubled and continues to grow, and by 2018, 10% of all VA healthcare users will be women. This rapidly changing demographic has hastened the need for VA to better address a wide spectrum of services unique to women Veterans, while ensuring access and coordination across different types of VA healthcare facilities. Conference participants discussed many important topics related to advancing this agenda, including:

  • Acute and Chronic Health Conditions among Women Veterans;
  • Women Veterans' Reproductive Healthcare and Outcomes;
  • Military Sexual Trauma, Violence, and PTSD;
  • Women Veterans' Healthcare Use, Treatment, and Satisfaction;
  • Women's Mental Healthcare Needs, Comorbidities, and Impacts;
  • Data Sources Supporting Women Veterans' Research; and
  • VA and DoD Research: Opportunities for Collaboration.

VA will continue to pursue excellence in women's healthcare, and HSR&D will contribute through numerous studies on issues of importance to the health and care of women Veterans and women in the military.

For more information and videos related to women's health, please see the Women's Health section of the HSR&D web.