VA Central Iowa Health Care System
The Baby shower is by far one of the most gratifying event that I have attended. We invite Women Veterans who are pregnant, spouse of Veterans, Veterans who have adopted and those who have had the invitro whether it is the Women Veteran or spouse of Veteran.
Each year we are recipients of great donations from our partners. The DAV, the American Legion, and several private donors are generous with their donations. This year was my first year and I witnessed the event through the Veterans eyes. They were overcome with joy and gratitude. One of the Veterans who was the winner of a baby bed stated "Now I have a bed for my new born, I was not sure where I would put them to sleep". She was moved to tears and so grateful.
Our event is promoted during Women's Health Week and it enables us to help those who have sacrificed so much. They are not expecting the generosity and so all of the gifts are a complete "gift".
We are a full continuum of health care, including primary care for acute and chronic illness and gender specific care, specialty care, mental health care, disease prevention and screening, emergency care and women's health specialty care (e.g. advanced breast and gyn care, maternity care and limited infertility treatments.
In addition, we provide inpatient medical/surgical/mental health care, physical rehabilitation, substance abuse treatment, long term care and pharmacy services. Our mammogram is on site and offers 3-D imaging. In addition to these services, we arm our Women Veterans with information that they can include in their daily life to take care of them selves through our Whole Health Program. Mindfulness, yoga and Tia Chi are just a few of the programs included in Whole Health. We are also equipped to help out our Hero's when needed the most through careful confidential screening done by trained Intimate Partner Violence colleagues.
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.
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.
Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:
- Health coaching
- Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
- Nutrition and weight management
- Peer support and community resources
- Programs to stop smoking
- Physical therapy and chiropractic services
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
- Pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancers
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
- 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.