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Non-VA Clinicians

It is critical that non-VA providers, as well as medical trainees, understand the unique needs of women Veterans to deliver better health care.

Approximately 78% of women Veterans get their health care outside of VA at academic centers and community practices. Women don't always identify themselves as Veterans or wear clothing or accessories that identify themselves as Veterans, so it is important to ask. It is important to ask women if they have ever served in the military, no matter how far away from a military base they may be.

How To Use This Site

While the target audience of the VA Women's Health website is women Veterans, the site offers many great resources for non-VA clinicians:

The below outreach materials and resources can be filtered by health topic:

VHA TRAIN Caring for Women Veterans in the Community

One of the best ways to learn more about how to care for women Veterans is by taking the Caring for Women Veterans in the Community training on VHA TRAIN, a learning network that houses a comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities. This training addresses unique concerns such as military sexual trauma, musculoskeletal pain, and post-deployment readjustment and how they can differently impact women Veterans compared to non-Veteran women. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact the help desk at VHATRAIN@va.gov.

Community Care clinicians who take this course will learn to:

  • Recognize how the evolving role, increasing number, and diversity of women in military service impact their changing medical care needs.
  • List the key components of a military history while understanding how a woman Veteran's service might affect her current or future health.
  • Recognize the gender-specific, clinical manifestations of common Veteran health issues, including pain syndromes and mental health concerns.
  • Apply strategies for integrating patient-centered, trauma-informed care into the pelvic exam of a woman Veteran who's experiences with military sexual trauma, PTSD, or IPV, may make them sensitive to gender specific exams.

Caring for Women Veterans in the Community

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If you are a health care provider, chances are you are providing care for a woman Veteran. And you may not even know it. More information.

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The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to women's health

If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:

  • Enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
  • Setting up a medical appointment in your area
  • Answering questions about eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans

WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

Additional Resources for Non-VA Clinicians

Women Veterans Health Care Videos

Watch videos for and about Women Veterans.
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Women Veterans Health Care Outreach Posters

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Examples of Women's Health Outreach Posters
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