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Yano E, Frayne SM, Hamilton A, Washington D, Bastian L, Mattocks K. Spotlight on Women's Health - Using Research to Accelerate Implementation of Comprehensive Women’s Health Care in VHA: VA HSR&D Women’s Health CREATE by Women's Health Consortium. [Cyberseminar]. 2014 Jan 27.
Women Veterans are now among the fastest growing segment of new VA users. Since 2000, the number of women Veterans using VA healthcare has doubled. By 2018, 10% of all VA healthcare users will be women. This rapidly changing demographic has hastened the need for VA to better address a wide spectrum of services unique to women Veterans' complex health care needs, while ensuring access and coordination across different types of VA healthcare facilities. VA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), Health Services Research and Development Service (HSRandD) developed an innovative funding initiative titled "Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE)," which encourages HSRandD investigators to collaborate with VA partners in conducting research on high-priority issues that affect the health and healthcare of Veterans. The WH CREATE's overarching goal is to use research to accelerate implementation of comprehensive women's health care delivery in the VA health care system in partnership with key leaders at the national, regional and local levels. We propose to achieve this goal through five inter-related projects that together will lead to increased access to more comprehensive and higher quality care for women Veterans (WVs), reducing persistent gender disparities in quality through methodologically rigorous, policy-driven research. The purpose of this cyberseminar is to provide an overview of the WH CREATE and its component projects.