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VA Northern California Health Care System


Womens Health

About the Program

Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veteran's benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them. The Northern California Healthcare System (NCHCS) Women's Health Program provides services and facilities in 10 locations to meet the unique needs of our female veterans.

Services Offered

  • Women Veterans Primary Care Clinics
  • Maternity Care Co-ordination and Services
  • Mammography (Martinez, McClellan, Redding, Sacramento VAMC)
  • Psychological services
  • Psychiatric services
  • Gynecology services
  • Social Services
  • Genetic testing

Patients may be referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available at NCHCS.

Mental health services for women with a referral include treatment for:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. 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. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.



Nancy E. Brown Connolly PHD
Women Veterans Program Manager
Sacramento VAMC

Heather Able MSN, RN-C
Maternity Care Coordinator

Mammography Scheduling

Rebecca Stallworth LCSW
Social Services
Sacramento VAMC

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