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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Women Veterans

Top Row: Dr. Abigail Wilson (Physician, Women’s Health Medical Co-Director); Winnie Deguzman (Lead MSA), Dr. Kaela Joseph (Psychologist, Women Veterans Program Manager), Leonides Penaflor (RN, Charge Nurse), Elizabeth Enriquez (RN) Bottom Row: Dr. Caitlin Hasser (Psychiatrist, Women’s Mental Health Director), JulieTupulua (LVN), Dr. Karla Kerlikowske (Physician, Women’s Health Medical Co-Director), Valerie Johnson (MSA), Liliane Renous (MSA), Elana Diaz (RN, Mammography & Maternity Care Coordinator)

In the San Francisco VA Health Care System, we offer a variety of health services to address the unique needs of women Veterans. To make an appointment, please contact:

Women's Health Care Center
(415) 750-2174

We are located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in Bldg. 203, 1st Floor, Room 1B.

Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of Veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.

Services Offered

San Francisco VAMC services for women include:

  • Comprehensive primary care including breast and cervical cancer screening
  • Preventive health screening
  • Contraceptive counseling and management  
  • Menopause management
  • Specialty gynecology services
  • Osteoporosis Evaluation and care
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections evaluation and treatment
  • Reproductive health care, including gynecological care and appropriate referrals for obstetrical care, infertility evaluation and genetic testing
  • Comprehensive OEF/OIF/OND clinic
  • Urinary incontinence evaluation and treatment
  • Women's Cardiac Clinic
  • Obesity counseling, weight loss - referral to MOVE!

Mental Health and Sexual Trauma Counseling

We are committed to assisting women Veterans with their psychological needs. Services include:

Women's Health at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)

Each of our CBOCs have desgnated Women's Health providers offering comprehensive primary care, including gender-specific care and Women's Health RN liaisons to assist women Veterans with their needs.

Learn More About VA Health Care Benefits for Women

A video entitled, "The Best Care Anywhere" addresses the challenges presented by the growing number of women Veterans in the VA system, and actions being taken to ensure they receive quality women's health care. Click here to view the video.

Women Veterans Program Manager

Kaela Joseph, PhD (415) 221-4810. ext. 2-3956

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:

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

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.