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Women Veterans

We offer the right care at the right time in the right place using state of the art equipment and technology. Each of our primary care clinics – including the Community Based Outpatient Clinics – offers comprehensive primary care for women Veterans by a Women’s Health Primary Care Provider (WH-PCP) who is proficient and focused on women’s health. General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (pap smears), birth control, and preconception counseling. If you receive your primary care from a WH-PCP, you have the option to receive gender-specific care within your primary care team.

For those who need gender-specific specialty care, the Amethyst Clinic at the Phoenix VA offers a private entrance for our women Veterans to receive their care in a convenient, single location. Services offered include screening and diagnostic mammograms (including 3D mammography), breast ultrasound, breast MRI, imaging-guided breast biopsy procedures, Well-Woman exams and specialty gynecology services. Specialty gynecology services include gynecologic surgery, contraceptive needs, limited infertility treatment, screening for sexually transmitted infections and hormone replacement therapy. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either abortion services or in-vitro fertilization (with the exception of those who meet specific eligibility requirements for IVF).

The VA also offers maternity benefits and obstetrical care to eligible women Veterans via the Purchased Care program. Newborn coverage is extended to those receiving VA maternity care, to include medical care for the newborn child up to the first seven days of life. Breast-feeding education classes are available monthly for our expectant Veteran mothers - the classes are facilitated by an experienced RN. In conjunction with our breast-feeding classes, each expectant mother receives a breast pump and miscellaneous items geared toward newborn care, compliments of our dedicated volunteers and community donors. The VA also offers private lactation areas at the main Phoenix facility and the Southeast CBOC for both Veterans and staff who are nursing.

In addition to primary and gender-specific care, the VA offers a full continuum of comprehensive medical and mental health services for Veterans. For those who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST), the VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for related mental and physical health conditions. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health. Veterans can reach the MST coordinator for the Phoenix VA at 602-234-7157. The Women’s Health psychologist can be contacted at 602-277-5551, ext. 4216.

Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help to coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. If you have any questions regarding the Women Veterans Health Program, call the medical center at 602-277-5551, ext. 2272 or 6764 to reach Kristen Nordquist, LCSW, Women Veterans Program Manager. To make an appointment within the specialty gynecology clinic, call 602-277-5551, ext. 6359.

Positive changes are underway across the entire VA system and employees are embracing the message that: “It’s everyone’s job to care for women Veterans.” The Phoenix VA understands your unique health care needs and is committed to serving you with respect, compassion and the highest quality of care.

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For Women Veterans, VA is Here

Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.

Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

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Whole Health - It's All About You

VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop spoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control
  • Family planning and preconception counseling
  • Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
  • Osteoporosis screening and management

Gynecology Health Services

Evaluation and treatment for:

  • Abnormal Pap test
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:

  • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
  • Coping with illness
  • Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Parenting and caregiver concerns
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress adjustment from deployment

Specialty Care

  • Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy

VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy.

Contact

Kristen Nordquist, LCSW
Women Veterans Program Manager
Amethyst Clinic
602-277-5551 Ext. 2272 or 6764

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