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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

 

Women Veterans

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is committed to meeting the unique needs of women Veterans by delivering the highest quality health care to each woman, while offering her the privacy and dignity she deserves. The Women Veterans Health Center, located on the second floor of the Ogden Building, is designed to be a “one stop shop” for gender-specific health and mental health care. Each woman Veteran is assigned to a team of dedicated providers and nurses who form a collaborative partnership with the patient. The provider team utilizes a patient centered approach and encourages women Veterans to establish health care goals to create a patient-driven treatment plan. The provider team coordinates all health care services for the patient, including onsite specialty care, inpatient care, and Non-VA Care to ensure continuity of care. Women Veterans also have access to integrative medicine providers, functional medicine providers, and general wellness activities. The Women Veterans Health Center is eager to serve all who served, including lesbians, bisexual women and transgender women and men.

There are four Community Based Outpatient Centers (CBOC) affiliated with the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and each CBOC has a Women’s Health Provider available to provide comprehensive women’s health care. Patients who are new to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center may register at the main facility or a CBOC.

Health Care Services include:

  • Primary Care
  • Gynecological Care
  • Maternity Care/Newborn Care
  • Birth Control
  • Infertility Evaluation and Treatment
  • Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment
  • Cancer Screening
  • Mammograms
  • Wellness and Health Living
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Smoking Cesation Services

Mental Health Care Services include:

  • Management of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
  • Adjustment from Deployment
  • Women's Only Group Services

Counseling and Treatment for:

  • Military Sexual Trauma Evaluation
  • Parenting and Caregiver Issues
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependence

 Special Programs include:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Links to Job and Carerr Counseling
  • Services for Homeless Veterans
  • MOVE! Weight Management Program
  • Minority Veterans Advocacy
  • Chaplain Services
  • Healing Touch
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Art and Music Therapy

A full-time Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) is ready to assist you in getting timely access to the health care and resources you need. The WVPM is accessible by phone or email and is located in the Women Veterans Health Center.

For general information about VA services for Women Veterans, please visit www.womenshealth.va.gov or call the National Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-VA-WOMEN.

 

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.

Contact

Women Veterans Health Center
820 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
312-569-6246

Jenny Garretson Sitzer
LCSW, Women Veterans Program Manager
820 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
312-569-5933
jenny.sitzer@va.gov

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