By Debbie Gregory.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offices of Women’s Health Services and Connected Care has released two applications (apps) that will assist in providing healthcare assistance to women.
The Preconception Care app addresses a variety of factors that pertain to women of child-bearing ages, including birth control usage, reproductive history, health status, family and genetic history and risks, vaccinations received and lifestyle factors.
The Caring4Women Veterans app address the unique physical and mental health issues that affect women veterans. Women veterans have health care needs that differ from both male veterans and the general female population. Because many women veterans seek health care outside of the VA system, it is important that both their VA and non-VA care team members have the resources necessary to provide informed and comprehensive care.
The apps are an example of how the VA is trying to make itself more attractive to women, one of the fastest growing segments of the Veteran population.
While the apps were originally developed for women veterans, both apps are also valuable for Veterans and other individuals. For example, the Preconception Care app also provides resources for women curious to learn more about many topics including birth control methods, vaccinations, and how to plan for pregnancy. The Caring4Women Veteran app provides information and access to resources for women seeking community support.
Find the direct download links for Apple and Android App Stores on the Preconception Care and Caring4Women Veterans pages of the VA Mobile App Store.
If you need assistance with the Caring4WomenVeterans app, dial 1-855-500-2025 to speak with a VA representative. The Help Desk is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. For TTY assistance, dial 711.