Womens Health - VA Northern California Health Care System
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Womens Health

VA NCHCS Womens Health announcement

The VA is partnering with the American Heart Association to equip women Veterans with the resources they need to reduce their risk of heart disease. VA wants to empower women Veterans to take control of their heart health and lower their risk of heart disease.

For more information call VA NorCal Women's Health at 1-877-780-0555

NEW Medical Directors and the addition of Womens Health designated providers.

Leslie Farmer MD
A long-standing primary care physician in the VA, who is certified in Internal Medicine has been appointed as the new Medical Director for the Womens Healthcare program in Northern California. 

Anita Patil MD
Also a VA primary care physician and Air Force Veteran certified in Family Practice has been appointed as the Co-Medical Director for the East Bay which includes Martinez, Oakland, Fairfield and Mare Island VA clinics.

Designated Womens Health providers (DWHPs) have been added in several locations to provide better access for our female Veterans. Please see all DWHP provider names and locations below. In order to schedule an appointment please call 1-800-382-8387, or individual clinic location.

McClellan CBOC Inderpreet Rathore MD
Federico Doctor MD
Zoraida Soriano MD
Mather Estenys DelValle NP
Leslie Farmer MD
Fairfield Rinky Walia MD
Joann Basaran MD
Mare Island Joann Basaran MD
Redding Shanthi Dsouza NP
Chico/Yuba City Kong-Sibal MD
Oakland Anita Patil MD
Poornima Goyal MD
Martinez Rose Jacob MD

For questions regarding pregnancy or pre-conception counseling, please call Maternity Coordinator, Heather Able RN-C, at 916-548-2982

For questions regarding InVitro Fertilization (IVF) or other assistance, please call the Women Veterans Program Manager,  Nancy E. Brown Connolly PHD, MSN at 916-843-2828.

If you have NOT had a mammogram in the past 2 years, and want to schedule at the VA, please call our dedicated mammography appointment line at 916-843-7205, this is a voice mail scheduling system, you will receive a callback within 72 hours or call the Radiology Department at 916-366-5474.

Sites for mammography services (4)

  • VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way, Mather, CA 95655
  • McClellan VA Outpatient Clinic, 5342 Dudley Blvd., McClellan Park, CA 95652
  • Redding VA Outpatient Clinic, 351 Hartnell Ave., Redding, CA 96006
  • Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic, 150 Muir Rd., Martinez, CA 94553

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.

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Call, Chat, or Text Now Available.

Women Veterans can now connect with the WVCC through text messaging. Similar to the existing call line and online chat, women Veterans will be connected with WVCC representatives who can answer general questions about benefits, eligibility, and services specifically for women Veterans. By offering more ways to reach WVCC representatives, women Veterans can choose the most convenient way to get the information they need.

Online Chat.

WVCC chat allows women Veterans to go online and chat via real-time messaging with a WVCC representative. Access the chat feature by clicking the "Click here to chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center" icon below.

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Text Messaging.

This new service enables women Veterans to text and anonymously chat with a WVCC representative. To get started, text 1-855-829-6636.

As both the chat function and text messaging are anonymous, please do not use personally identifiable information such as social security numbers. The WVCC online chat and text messaging is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET, and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET.

She's your guide to VA.

All the representatives at the Women Veterans Call Center are women, and many are Veterans themselves. In addition to linking women Veterans to information, the Women Veterans Call Center makes direct referrals to Women Veteran Program Managers (WVPM) located at every VA medical center. The Women Veteran Program Manager helps the woman Veteran coordinate services.

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Yolanda V. Hagen, RN, BSN
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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