Women Veterans - VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
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VA NY Harbor Healthcare System


Women Veterans

Women Veterans Healthcare Program:
Keeping you healthy and providing care when you need it!

If you are not sure of your enrollment status, drop in to the Eligibility Office with your DD214 or VA ID from another facility and check your status.


You are the center of your care with coordinated services provided to ensure you get the care you need. Services include comprehensive physician exams with a full range of preventive and diagnostic health screenings for hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes and HIV. Patients are referred to specialized physicians and practitioners for consultations in areas such as diabetes, eye, urology, mental health, physical therapy and health education programs such as physical therapy and weight management.

Specialized Services include Gynecological Care, Breast Clinic, Psychosocial and Mental Health Services and Health and Wellness Programs.

Feature Stories


Dr. Nancy Ramos, Nurse Practitioner, with patient. Women’s Services Expand to Harlem
Trust is a quality that is key between clinicians and patients. Dr. Nancy Ramos, Nurse Practitioner, emphasizes the importance of this connection in ensuring that a patient’s needs are met and that they feel respected and comfortable. More...
Helena Guber, Chief of Endocrinology at VA’s Brooklyn Campus, and Veteran Willette Gittens. When A Doctor Listens
Dr. Helena Guber, Chief of Endocrinology at VA’s Brooklyn Campus, treats a wide gamut of metabolic and hormonal abnormalities. These range from common diabetes to lipid and bone abnormalities like hyperlipidemia and osteoporosis to adrenal tumors, amenorrhea and endocrine reasons for low testosterone and infertility. More...


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.

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

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 smoking
  • 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.


Jennifer Friedberg, Ph.D.
Women Veteran Program Manager
New York Campus

Betzaida Ruiz, RN
Women Veteran Program Manager
Brooklyn Campus
718-836-6600 Ext. 6793

Maureen J. Martin, RN, MS
VISN 2 Lead, Women’s Health, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Palliative Care
113 Holland Ave, Bldg 67, Albany, NY 12208

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