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Call to Health for Women Veterans in the Sierras

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Dr. Leslie Brocchini and Gail Belmont with her “goodie bag.”

Dr. Leslie Brocchini and Gail Belmont with her “goodie bag.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Earlier this year, women Veterans near the VA Sonora Clinic were sent letters asking to make their health appointments during certain times in the spring and fall, to ensure access and allow ample time to meet with their doctor. Expecting a regular clinic visit, they were surprised when greeted with fresh flowers in the waiting areas and the nurses' intake rooms, as well as a large and colorful VA Women's Health display in the waiting room.  

“The goal of the program is to provide a friendly environment and to proactively remind and encourage our patients to participate in preventative health,” said Dr. Rochelle Villanueva, a physician at the VA Sonora Clinic.

The women Veterans were also given a bag filled with educational information on the Women Veterans Health Care Center, mental health services, and resources for dealing with domestic abuse, breast cancer, and other health care needs.  The "goodie bag" also included some nice little gift items, such as coin purses and hand sanitizers.

This effort is one of many campaigns to bring eligible women Veterans to VA Care, recognizing their service and contributions in the military. The Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 enabled VA to dramatically improve its programs for women Veterans to the state-of-the-art facilities that focus on women's health, creating an environment that is warm, comfortable and private.

The VA Sonora Clinic is part of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's (VAPAHCS) Women Veterans Health Center, which has been in existence since 1988, using state-of-the-art facilities that focus on women's health, creating an environment that is warm, comfortable and private. The Women Veterans Health Center provides specialty medical services for the health care needs of women Veterans within VAPAHCS.

“I hope all of our women Veterans will be on the lookout for letters telling them about future Women's Health Events at the Sonora Clinic but they don't have to wait.  They can call today for their Women's Health checkups,” said Dr. Villanueva.

To find out more information about the Women Veterans Health Center, visit the website: 

http://www.paloalto.va.gov/womenvets.asp.