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Women Veterans

Women Veterans Health Program provides high quality medical health services to women Veterans which includes; Primary Care, Preventive Health Screenings including Breast and Cervical Cancer screens, Gender Specific Care, Reproductive Health Care including Maternity Care, Osteoporosis Evaluation and Treatment. VA is also committed to assist women Veterans with a wide range of mental health and psychological services such as Sexual Trauma Counseling (MST), Substance Abuse Treatment, Evaluation and Treatment for PTSD, Programs for Homeless Veterans, Programs for victims of Domestic Violence and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.

CTVHCS offers Comprehensive Care (primary and gender specific care in one visit) to women Veterans at all locations including CBOC’s. We have a separate women’s health clinic at the Temple, Austin and Waco sites. GYN specialty care is also available at these locations. Digital Mammography is available at the Temple and Austin sites. If you live over 50 miles away from the Temple site, CTVHCS will pay for you to have a mammogram at a local facility near your place of residence.
 
To make an appointment, please contact:
Austin Women’s Health Clinic: 1-512-823-4022
Temple Women’s Health Clinic: 1-800-423-2111, ext. 40441
Waco Women’s Health Clinic: 1-800-423-2111, ext. 53493
(Please note that all calls are routed through the Specialty Line, please request to be transferred to the Women’s Center)

Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population? Learn more about the changing face of women Veterans and what the VA is doing to meet their health care needs.

Did you know that…

About one in five women and one in 100 men have told their VA provider that they experienced sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment while in the military?
Because of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the military, there are about comparable numbers of men and women that have experienced military sexual trauma (MST)?
Treatment for all mental and physical health conditions related to MST is free?
Veterans may be eligible for free MST-related care even if they are not eligible for other VA care?

MST Coordinators:

Kaitlan Gibbons, PsyD 254-743-0390 Temple & Waco
Andriana Bustamante, LCSW 512-823-4258 Austin

For more information, visit the Women's Trauma Recovery Center to contact this facility’s MST Coordinator

or visit the MST Homepage at http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp 

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.

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

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

Ann M. Blunt, RN
Women Veterans Program Manager
Temple
254-743-0441

Minerva Garcia
Women Veterans Outreach Specialist
Austin
512-653-6854

Kimberly Kinerd
Women Veterans Outreach Specialist
254-297-3515

Vivian Minns
Primary Care Social Worker
Temple
254-899-7498

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Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN