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VA Awards Grants to Minneapolis VA for Women Veterans

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Dr. Erin Krebs, medical director, Minneapolis VA Women’s Clinic

Dr. Erin Krebs, medical director, Minneapolis VA Women’s Clinic

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Minneapolis VA Receives Three Awards for $217,000

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded 33 grants to VA facilities, including the University of Minnesota Health Care System, for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women Veterans, expand women's health education programs for VA staff, and offer telehealth programs to female Veterans in rural areas.

"Our goal is 100 percent accessibility for women Veterans who need our care," said  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "These new projects will improve access and quality of critical health care services for women."

The Minneapolis VA projects are:

  • $19,900 for Women's Health Primary Care Nursing Mini Residency to be held in May 2013. The target audience includes women's health and primary care nursing staff  who would like to care for women veterans and want to update their basic skills (including  RNs, LPNs). 
  • $173,074 for Women’s Health Tele-pharmacy. Funds will support a dedicated Women's Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) who will use videoconference to provide women's health-specific pharmacotherapy services (e.g., contraceptive counseling, menopause symptom management), as well as chronic disease management services to reduce health disparities among women Veterans.  The Women's Health CPS will also be available for telephone or tele-video consultation with Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) primary care providers.
  • $24,125 in salary support for Minneapolis to serve as an expansion site for the Maternity Care Coordination Telehealth pilot funded at Greater Los Angeles.

This is the largest number of one-year grants VA has ever awarded for enhancing women's health services. The complete list of grant recipients is given below. VHA’s national Women's Health Program Office, Office of Rural Health, and Office of Healthcare Transformation are jointly supporting the winning proposals.

Telehealth concepts that received grants involve tele-mental health, tele-gynecology, tele-pharmacy, and telephone maternity care coordination. The grant program is part of VA’s continuing effort to improve access and quality of care for the increasing number of women Veterans seeking care at VA.

"We are committed to providing individualized, sensitive care to women Veterans," said VA Undersecretary for Health Robert A. Petzel. "These grant-funded projects enable VA to continue to enhance care for women Veterans and exceed patient expectations."

Education grants will expand mini-residency training for VA providers and nurses in primary care and emergency services to include topics such as gynecology and early obstetrics emergencies, military sexual trauma, and performing breast and pelvic examinations. Grants will also be used to upgrade emergency services for women Veterans in several VA health care facilities through the purchase of new gender-specific equipment and supplies and the development of protocols to aid in the management of common conditions in women.

Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today's active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. By 2020, VA estimates women Veterans will constitute 10 percent of the Veteran population.

Visit www.va.gov/womenvet and www.womenshealth.va.gov to learn more about VA programs and services for women Veterans.

Grant Recipients by Topic/Location:

Innovations in Emergency Services for Women

• VA New York Harbor HCS/VISN 3
• New Jersey HCS/VISN 3
• Durham VAMC/VISN 6
• Atlanta VAMC/VISN 7
• New Mexico VAHCS/VISN 18
• Salt Lake City VAHCS/VISN 19
• Puget Sound VA HCS/VISN 20
• Greater Los Angeles HCS/VISN 22


Women’s Health and Specialty Care Mini-Residencies

• VA New England HCS/VISN 1
• New Jersey HCS/VISN 3
• New Jersey HCS/VISN 3
• Pittsburgh HCS/VISN 4
• Maryland HCS/VISN 5
• Atlanta/VISN 7
• Tampa/VISN 8
• VA Great Lakes HCS/ VISN 12
• VA Heartland/VISN 15
• South Texas Veterans HCS/VISN 17
• VA Southwest Health Care Network/VISN 18
• Greater Los Angeles HCS/VISN 22
• Minneapolis/VISN 23


Telehealth for Women Veterans

• VA New Jersey HCS/VISN 3
• VA Maryland HCS/VISN 5
• VA Health Care System of Ohio/VISN 10
• VA Illiana HCS/VISN 11
• St. Louis VAMC/VISN 15
• VA Eastern Kansas HCS/VISN 15
• El Paso VA HCS/VISN 18
• Northern Arizona VA Healthcare/VISN 18
• Greater Los Angeles HCS/VISN 22
• Minneapolis/VISN 23