219072 Rural women's veterans health program

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Veronica Thurmond, PhD , Veterans Capitol Health Care Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Linthicum, MD
Celia Szelwach , Atlas Research LLC, Washington, DC
Hilda Heady, MSW, ACSW , Atlas Research LLC, Washington, DC
Gary Filerman, PhD , Atlas Research LLC, Washington, DC
Ryung Suh, MD MPH MPP MBA , Department of Health Systems Administration, SNHS, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has historically and primarily served male Veterans; however, in recent years, as women have served in greater numbers in all services of the active military, there has been a subsequent increase in the number of female Veterans seeking care from the VA. In seeking to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of women Veterans by ensuring access to timely, comprehensive, and quality health care for women Veterans, the VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) developed a baseline assessment that supports the planning process for the implementation of a comprehensive women's health care program in rural areas. The assessment included a literature review, examination of archival data, review of focus group data, and site visits at four VA-staffed Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Results indicate that rural women Veterans in VISN 5 may encounter challenges in finding women's health services information; affordable and reliable transportation; convenient appointments and timely follow-up; family-friendly amenities; adequate auditory/visual privacy; and gender-specific services provided by qualified women's health providers. Based on the assessment findings, the project team developed six distinct recommendations: Expand and improve quality of services, increase outreach efforts, develop more robust analytical methods, develop women's health specific training programs, foster collaborative and sustainable local relationships; and explore complementary and alternative medicine options for women Veterans.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe at least three barriers to care faced by rural women Veterans 2. List three gender specific clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs 3. List three recommendations generated during this baseline assessmentnt

Keywords: Women, Veterans' Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Principal Investigator on this project and as such provided oversight and technical assistance to the entire project.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Atlas Research LLC Health systems research Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.