The Women's Health Clinics offer comprehensive primary care services at each VA medical center. We provide the option for women Veterans to receive primary care by a designated comprehensive women's health primary care provider who has a specialty in Women's Health.
Each location also has a dedicated Women Veterans Program Manager (listed below) who is available to meet and help women obtain health care and benefits available through the Veterans Health Administration.
General Health Services Offered:
- Primary care
- Gynecological care
- Maternity care
- Birth control
- Breast self-exam
- Cardiac fitness
- Infertility evaluation and treatment
- Menopause evaluation and treatment
- Osteoporosis screening and treatment
- Cancer screening
- Wellness and healthy living
- Nutrition and weight management
- Stop smoking programs
Mental Health Services Offered:
- Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Management
- Adjustment from Deployment
- Counseling and Treatment for:
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
- Parenting and Caregiver Concerns
- Violence and Abuse
- Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Individualized, compassionate, and thorough care is available to all women Veterans throughout VISN 4. Watch some of our success stories below to learn more about how working with a women's health clinician can help change your life.
VISN 4 Women Veterans Program Managers
Lead Women Veterans Program Manager – Desmarie J. DeCuir, PhD, CRNP
- Altoona – Denice Duman
- Butler – Nicole Thompson
- Coatesville – Anne Brown
- Erie – Nadean Sitter
- Lebanon – Elizabeth Miller
- Pittsburgh – Valera Posa
- Philadelphia – Lori Maas
- Wilkes-Barre – Patricia Conroy
- Wilmington – Jennifer Coy
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:
- 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.
- 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.