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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.

 

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.

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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

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