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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

 

Women Veterans

Stories about women's health

•  Women's Health: The Big Picture
    

Maternity care at Milwaukee VA

On this page:

Women's Health Newsletter

Women's Resource Center -- Building 109

Benefits & Compensation

Services for Women

Women's Clothing Room

Women Veterans Consumer Council

Helpful links

Womens Health Newsletter

Winter 2016

Women's Health Newsletter -- spring 2015

Women's Health Newsletter -- winter 2014/15

 

Enrollment

Women who served in U.S Military and who meet eligibility requirements can receive their health care at a VA Medical facility. The same eligibility requirements apply to men and women Veterans. VA actively encourages women Veterans to utilize the benefits they earned.

You may also call 414 384 2000, or toll-free 1-888-469-6614, ext.42041, 42043 or 42045 for more information.  Enrollment forms are located here:  

 

Location

The Women’s Health Clinic is located in 1C North section of the main hospital building immediately adjacent to the Red Clinic. The check-in area is Room 1602 (Red Clinic reception), 414-384-2000, ext. 47177 or 42083.

Women’s Health care is also provided at each of our community outpatient clinics.

Womens Resource Center – Building 109 

The Womens Resource Center (WRC) is in Building 109, next to the Spinal Cord Injury Center. The WRC is designed to be a safe and welcoming space for women patients. Mental health services focusing exclusively on women Veterans are currently provided there, with both individual and group therapy offered. Please come and visit our new space open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:00. Maps to find it are available in the Red Clinic or the Welcome Desk at the east entrance or call ext. 43700.

Services for women

  • Comprehensive primary care
  • Gynecology services
  • Reproductive health care including preconception counseling, maternity care, HIV testing, infertility evaluation and treatment and genetic testing.  Click here for our women's maternity and fertility benefits pamphlet.
  • Menopause symptom management
  • Gender reassignment: VA provides mental health support, endocrine clinic and gynecology. 
  • Preventative health screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, osteoporosis and other diseases
  • Life Style Coaching:  For a pamphlet on our lifestyle coaching clinics contact the clinic. 
  • Social Work   
  • Healthcare for Homeless Veterans 
  • Mental Health Services  are designed to address the unique needs of women with outpatient and inpatient mental health services, transitional domiciliary women’s unit, screening and treatment for sexual trauma and combat trauma, substance abuse, depression, and intimate partner violence  

Women's Clothing Room:

Located in Building 70, between B-wing and E-wing.  Hours vary and are posted on the door. The room is available to women Veterans with referral from their social worker or domicillary staff.

Women Veterans Consumer Council:

To encourage women Veterans to voice concerns, formulate recommendations for desired changes, suggest needed resources, acknowledge and support beneficial programs. Council Members must be women Veterans and consumers of health services at the Milwaukee VAMC or one of its Community Outpatient Clinics.  Council members will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Willingness to represent Women Veterans as a group with the understanding that the council is not an avenue for solving individual grievances
  • Time and commitment to regularly attend and participate in council and committee meetings for at least one year
  • Ability to work in small groups with a diverse population
  • Willingness to be a voice for the larger women Veteran patient population
  • Contact Jill Feldman for an application

For information about women veteran’s health and other benefits, visit these websites:

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
http://dva.state.wi.us/Pages/
aboutWdva/WomenVeterans.aspx

Center for Disease Control Women’s Health Site
http://www.cdc.gov/women/?source=govdelivery

American Society for Reproductive Medicine
http://www.reproductivefacts.org/ 

Menopause/North American Menopause Society
http://www.menopause.org/

American Pregnancy Loss
http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-loss

Heart Disease 
http://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-truth/

Women Veterans Health Care
http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/

 

 

 
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Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

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Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. 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. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.