Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proud to have a women Veterans hotline—1-855-VA-WOMEN—an incoming call center to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers, about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans. The service began accepting calls in April, 2013. The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable women VA employees who can provide information about benefits and health care services for women. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Hotline staff can also answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
For more information, please visit www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH.
The Department of Veterans Affairs officially celebrates Women’s History Month every March by recognizing and honoring the valiant contributions of our Women Veterans, but here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care Sysytem we celebrate it every day. We hold baby showers, women Veteran focus groups, we promote women’s health at all of our town halls, and we share information with women Veterans on social media and digital signage. We also host an annual "Ladies Night Out" event for our women Veterans at the New Orleans Veterans medical center, inviting them to come learn about services available just for them across the health care system.
Each one of the 1.8 million Women Veterans alive today serves as a living reminder of the courage and sacrifice that women have made and continue to make for our nation. Women were officially recognized as members of the armed forces in 1901, but their military involvement dates back to the Revolutionary War. Women now make up 16 percent of active-duty military, up from 11 percent during the Gulf War era, and are now the fasting growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. Approximately 500,000 women now use the VA for health care, compared with 160,000 in 2001. The number of Women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the young women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care.
ABOUT WOMEN VETERANS
A number of women Veterans experience trauma while serving in the military. Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) is dedicated to helping women Veterans regain their confidence, self-esteem and quality of life through counseling and treatment after such experiences.
Caring for the mind and body of women Veterans is the core of our Women’s Health Care Program. A quality well woman’s health program is important to us!
Comprehensive primary care for women Veterans is the primary goal of women’s health care program in Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. Designated providers and nursing staff interested and proficient in providing services to meet the needs of women Veterans have been identified at each of our community based outpatient clinics. Each is committed to women’s health care through designated Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), which will provide patient-centered health care services for women Veterans. You served, you deserve the best care anywhere.
Provider Champions and Nurse Liaisons...
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.
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.
Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:
- Health coaching
- Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
- Nutrition and weight management
- Peer support and community resources
- Programs to stop smoking
- Physical therapy and chiropractic services
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
- Pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancers
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
- 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.