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Women's Health

HSR&D's Women's Health portfolio focuses on research that advances our understanding of the health care needs of women veterans and ensures the delivery of effective, equitable, comprehensive quality health care to the growing number of women veterans. HSR&D research addresses the health care needs of women veterans, including those that are unique, more prevalent or different in women veterans or specific groups of women veterans, or specifically related to circumstances of military service. This research provides the foundation for translational and implementation research on women's health at VA, leading to the development of innovative strategies and methods to expand research as well as accelerate the impacts of research on the health and health care of women veterans. Research should build on the current evidence and establish a foundation that will improve access to care, facilitate system changes, and enhance VA's ability to meet the needs of women veterans. Women's health is an HSR&D priority, as described in the current Program Announcement of HSR&D Priorities.

For general information about Women's Health, please contact:

Robert William O'Brien, PhD, MA
Scientific Portfolio Manager
Health Services Research and Development (10X2H)
Email: robert.obrien7@va.gov

Robert William O'Brien, PhD, MA

Ms. Lipson is the Scientific Program Manager for HSR&D's women's health, healthcare equity, access, and rural health research portfolios. She has been instrumental in developing these priority research areas and guiding plans for future research. Ms. Lipson has worked to expand the women's health research, and helped lay the foundation for a new transformative women Veterans' health research plan. Regarding health equity research, she has helped guide the field toward development of intervention research that has the potential to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare. Ms. Lipson also has been involved in identifying new directions for access and rural health research. She works closely with VA researchers and VA organizations involved in these priority areas. Ms. Lipson has also had a major role in the oversight and evaluation of HSR&D's Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence Initiative.

Ms. Lipson has served as a member of the Secretary's Task Force on Women Veterans, the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research, the VA Health Equity Coalition, the DoD/VA HEC Women's Health Workgroup, and the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women. Prior to joining VA, she conducted extensive research on diverse health policy issues, including primary care, healthcare access, telemedicine, health workforce policies, long-term care, and health services integration. Ms. Lipson has a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Planning from George Washington University.


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