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The WOMEN’s primary goals are to provide focused resources to healthcare providers (VA and non-VA) as well as Veterans and their families. Through our national webinars, subject matter expert talks, and conferences, we provide education for our healthcare providers to better understand women Veterans' health.

In the future, WOMEN aspires to educate Veterans on the understanding of unique (potential) health effects from exposures and empower them to work with their healthcare providers in a partnership where both parties have the expertise of the individual condition(s) needed for the best care possible.

Our Reach 

  • VA Office of Academic Affairs Fellowship 
  • National Webinars/Clinical Briefs/Fact Sheets/Newsletters 
  • Monthly Subject Matter Expert Invited Talks 
  • Collaborative Trainings 
  • Invited presentations for our team at VA, DOD and scientific conferences 

Our Collaborations 

  • Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) 
  • Women’s Health Research Network (WHRN) 
  • Exposure-Related Transformation Center (EXPRT) 
  • Polytrauma Department, VA Palo Alto 
  • Mental Illness Research Education & Clinical Center (MIRECC) 

WRIISC-WOMEN in the VA Community:

Education Resource Title  Link/Location
Webinars Military Exposure Webinar: Impact of Deployment-Related Exposures on Women Health TBD 
Clinical Briefs WRIISC-HOME: Military Exposures and Women’s Health; May 3, 2023 TMS:  VA 131008209
Newsletters “Sex differences-Brain Injury” in the section “Around the WRIISC News: CA WRIISC” Winter 2023 edition WRIISC Advantage
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  Women’s Operational and Military Exposure Network (WOMEN) in the section “Around the WRIISC News: CA WRIISC” Fall 2022 edition WRIISC Advantage
  Postdoctoral Fellowships Office of Academic Affiliations
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Subject Matter Expert-Invited Talks Examining the Interaction Between Trauma and Brain Injury Across Populations 
Carrie Esopenko, PhD, Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai

Association Between Burn Pits & Reproductive Health in Women (to include inflammatory mechanisms)

Timothy Henrich, MD, Medicine Associate Professor at UCSF
  Impact of oral contraceptives and smoking on stroke outcomes in female rats
Ami P. Raval, PhD, Research Associate Professor at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Collaborations Women's Health Research Network Women's Health Research
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  AIRBORNE Hazards Center Of Excellence Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence -
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (
  Traumatic Brain Injury System

 Polytrauma/TBI System of Care Home (

  Innovators Network Innovators Network | VHA Innovation Ecosystem
  Stanford University Stanford University