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Air Force partners with VA, implements Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program

Women's Health Transition

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Airmen attend Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program course July 31, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The pilot program is an in-person course designed to provide a female perspective to active-duty, Reserve and Guard servicewomen who plan to transition to civilian or Reserve/Guard status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Perdue)

Airmen attend Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program course July 31, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The pilot program is an in-person course designed to provide a female perspective to active-duty, Reserve and Guard servicewomen who plan to transition to civilian or Reserve/Guard status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Perdue)

Airmen attend Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program course July 31, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The courses are currently being provided in five different locations. To attend an upcoming course at one of the available locations, contact your local Airman and Family Readiness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Perdue)

Airmen attend Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program course July 31, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The courses are currently being provided in five different locations. To attend an upcoming course at one of the available locations, contact your local Airman and Family Readiness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Perdue)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) --

The Air Force partnered with the Department of Veteran Affairs to implement the first Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program. The pilot program is an in-person course designed to provide a female perspective to active-duty, Reserve and guard servicewomen who plan to transition to civilian or Reserve/Guard status.

According to the VA, women are the fastest growing subgroup of U.S. veterans. They face greater health-related challenges after military service compared to their male counterparts, including: chronic pain, obesity, musculoskeletal issues, depression and suicide. Since 2001, age-adjusted rates of suicide among women veterans have increased by 85.2 percent, versus 30.5 percent among men.

“The biggest obstacle that the VA faces is simply awareness on what they provide to female veterans,” said Maj. Alea Nadeem, Headquarters Air Force deputy mission manager and member of the Women Initiatives Team. “That statistic, it was heartbreaking to learn, and it really drove me to help in developing this program that could potentially save lives.”

Data collected uncovered that fewer women veterans seek services and support from the VA. Women veterans that do seek Veterans Health Administration care do not connect with VHA until an average of 2.7 years post military service or until mental or physical health issues have manifested.

“These trends underscore the need to recruit servicewomen into VHA health care and support services immediately after military separation,” said Nadeem.

Developed in late 2017, the VA Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program curriculum started with two initial pilot sessions in February 2018, and then officially began it’s nearly 9-month pilot period after the first courses were provided at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, in July 2018.

“By providing relevant VHA health enrollment information, and describing the extent and depth of services offered at VHA, related to women’s health, women veterans will learn how to access the health care services that they need and want at the VA in a timely manner,” said Nadeem.

The courses are currently being provided in five different locations. To attend an upcoming course at one of the available locations, contact your local Airman and Family Readiness Center. Information is available below:

Location

Upcoming Dates

Contact Information

Joint Base Andrews, Md.

November 16, 2018

Visit the Military and Family Readiness Center or call
301-981-7087

Hill AFB, Utah

November 27, 2018
December 13, 2018

Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center or call 
801-777-4681

MacDill AFB, Fla.

November 20, 2018
January 22, 2019
March 4, 2019
April 30, 2019

Visit the Military and Family Readiness Center or call 
813-828-0145

Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

November 15, 2018
December 7, 2018
February 22, 2019
April 5, 2019

Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center or call 
703-693-9460

Scott AFB, Ill.

December 4, 2018

Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center or call 
618-256-8668

 Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio November 1, 2018
December 6, 2018
February 21, 2019
April 18, 2019
Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center or call 
937-257-3592
 JB Lewis-McChord, Wash. January 9, 2019
February 6, 2019
March 6, 2019
April 10, 2019
Visit https://jblm-women-transition.eventbrite.com/
or call
253-967-7166 or 253-477-4744
 Travis AFB, Calif. March 12, 2019 Visit https://www.travisafrc.com/class-calendar

or call 707-424-2486

 

 

Hurlburt Field, FL

 

13 February, 2019

 

850-884-5441 ext. 2

 

San Francisco, CA

 

14 March, 2019

 Visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/va-womens-health-transition-training

or call  415-244-7100

 

Los Angeles, CA

 

19 March, 2019

 Visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usaf-va-womens-health-transition-training-pilot-tickets
or call: 818-472-0409
 Joint Base Andrews, MD  21 March, 2019
April 30, 2019
 Visit the Military and Family Readiness Center or call
301-981-7087
 

San Diego, CA

 

22 March, 2019

 Visit: https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Veteran-Womens-Networking-Meetup
or call  858-822-5450

Visit the Military and Family Readiness Center or call 

Visit the Military and Family Readiness Center or call 

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