She Wears the Boots: A Podcast for Women Veterans

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Women service members are the fastest growing groups of VA patients. This podcast is dedicated to the recognition of the unique needs of women as well as the people who may be caring for them. She Wears the Boots hopes to provide information about resources and services in the VA that can foster resiliency and life enrichment.
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Episode Date
Cardiovascular Risks and Disparities
Dr. Karen Goldstein, a VA women’s health primary care provider and researcher, describes cardiovascular disease, risk factors, and what the VA offers to support women who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the US and we encourage women to ask their primary care provider about their personal risk and what woman-specific risks they might have. To access instructions on how to use the Healtheliving Assessment referenced by Dr. Goldstein in this episode, click here. For more information about Heart Health, see:
Feb 01, 2023
Gynecologic Cancers
Dr Haley Moss discusses types of gynecologic cancers, signs and symptoms, and what to do if you are concerned about risk or personal history. Dr. Moss also shares what to expect after a diagnosis and encourages listeners to share their VA experiences with the Breast and Gynecologic Oncology System of Excellence by contacting them at For more information on gynecologic cancer, visit: PAP Test and Gynecologic Cancer - Women Veterans Health Care (
Jan 03, 2023
Women Veterans Belong at the VA
In this very special episode, the Secretary of the VA, Mr. Denis McDonough, talks to the VHA Chief Officer of Women’s Health, Dr. Patricia Hayes about his experiences leading the VA, what he has learned from women Veterans about their experiences with the VA, and the VA’s commitment to serving women Veterans. For more information, please visit: and
Dec 01, 2022
Military Sexual Trauma
Dr. Jessica Keith and Dr. Amy Street discuss Military Sexual Trauma (MST) including definitions, impacts, and resources for those who have experienced it. The Beyond MST mobile app is highlighted as a specific resource for MST survivors. For general information on Military Sexual Trauma, visit Military Sexual Trauma - Women Veterans Health Care ( and

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Nov 14, 2022
Reproductive Health Services in the VA
Dr. Amanda Johnson discusses the status of reproductive health services offered at the VA, including recent changes to regulations that now allow Veterans to receive abortion services. These services expand pregnancy counseling to now include abortion counseling, and in certain circumstances, access to abortions. For more information, please visit the Reproductive Health page on the VHA Women’s Health website at
Oct 24, 2022
Breast Cancer
Dr. Sarah Colonna discusses how breast cancer is diagnosed as well as what Veterans can expect following a diagnosis of breast cancer.
More information on General Mammography and Breast Health is available at and by listening to one of our past episodes on
Oct 01, 2022
Dr. Sarah Kate McGowan explains the symptoms and impacts of insomnia on women Veterans and treatments available at VA for sleep related issues. For more information on insomnia, please visit please visit or consider downloading the app Insomnia Coach at
Aug 09, 2022
Eating Disorders
Dr. Katharine Dickson reviews facts and myths about Eating Disorders in the Veteran population and outlines treatment options for those seeking care. For more information on disordered eating, please visit
Jul 27, 2022
Chronic Pain in Women Veterans
Dr. Mary Driscoll discusses the unique experiences of women Veterans with chronic pain, common treatments available at VA and how to talk with your providers about pain. For more information, see Chronic Pain - Women Veterans Health Care
Jun 06, 2022
National VA Rehab Events and the Veterans Golf Clinic
Mr. Nick Beelner, the Director of the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic shares information about National VA Rehab Events that occur across the country, and more specifically the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic. Sharon, a Veteran and past participant of the Golf Clinic also joins us to discuss how her participation has improved her wellbeing. To learn more and apply to participate please visit &
May 24, 2022
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Dr. Christine Kolehmainen and Dr. Chelsea Cosby, VA Women’s Health Primary Care Physicians, review the importance of early testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For more information on STIs, please visit
Apr 12, 2022
Health Equity
Dr. Ernest Moy defines health disparities and talks about health equity for all Veterans. For more information, please visit the Office of Health Equity website or listen to the Leave No Veteran Behind Podcast
Mar 06, 2022
The Importance of Pelvic Health
Dr. Georgine Lamvu, a pelvic pain specialist, reviews conditions and symptoms so Veterans can gain awareness on maintaining a healthy pelvis. For more information on pelvic pain, please visit
Feb 14, 2022
Maternal Health
Dr. Amanda Johnson, Director of Reproductive Health for Women’s Health at VA Central Office, returns to the podcast to discuss maternal health. Kristin Haeger, who works in the Office of Women’s Health joins as a special guest to discuss how women of color are affected by maternal mortality. For more information on maternal health and resources in the VA please visit the following sites.

Sites from the Veterans Health Administration

Women Veterans Health Care: Maternity Care

VA Office of Community Care (maternity copayments PDF listed at the bottom of each page)

VHA Social Work: Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

External sites

CDC Pregnancy

CDC Maternal and Infant Health

HHS Office of Women’s Health: Pregnancy

HHS Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Jan 12, 2022
Bystander Intervention
Ms. Lelia Jackson, Director of the Office of Assault and Harassment Prevention, talks about a new training on bystander interventions through the VHA and what the VHA is doing to support Veterans who have experienced harassment or sexual assault.

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Dec 15, 2021
Dr. Radhika Narla, VA Endocrinologist discusses important information to help Veterans understand osteoporosis and the importance of preventing bone fractures.
Dec 06, 2021
Military Exposures
Dr. Erin Dursa discusses military exposures, how to obtain a registry exam, and information specific to women Veterans. Visit the military exposure website for more information.
Nov 10, 2021
Musculoskeletal Health in Women (MSK)
Dr. Susan Garstang discusses common musculoskeletal concerns in women and treatments available at the VA.
Sep 14, 2021
Sexual Health
Dr. Rachel Rubin, VA Urologist & Sexual Medicine Specialist discusses important information to help Veterans with concerns about sexual health and quality of life.
Sep 07, 2021
Reproductive Mental Health
Dr. Laura Miller, Medical Director of Reproductive Mental Health Services at the VA reviews symptoms, self-help, and VA treatments available to assist with reproductive mental health concerns.
Jul 22, 2021
Million Veteran Program
Jennifer Deen the Associate Director for Cohort and Public Relations for the Million Veteran Program discussed what it is, what to expect by participating and how the program benefits all Veterans.
Jul 01, 2021
Women’s Mental Health Program
Dr. Jennifer Strauss, Acting National Director of VA Women’s Mental Health, provides an overview of mental health services provided to women at the VA.
May 19, 2021
Menopause Hormone Therapy Facts & Myths
Dr. Deanna Rolstead, a VA Gynecologist, reviews facts and myths about menopause hormone therapy and other tips for managing menopausal symptoms.
May 19, 2021
Trauma Across the Lifespan
Dr. Megan Gerber and Dr. Nora Keenan talk about the impacts trauma can have on your health as well as how the VA can support you in your recovery.
May 04, 2021
Dr. Caroline Gibson, psychologist and researcher explains what happens during menopause, potential health concerns, and the importance of talking about menopause.
Mar 26, 2021
What Matters to You?: Whole Health Overview
Dr. Cynthia Gantt, Deputy Director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation at VA Central Office, provides an overview of Whole Health in the VA and how women Veterans can personalize their care by engaging in the Whole Health approach.
Mar 22, 2021
COVID 19 Vaccination in Women
Dr. Alicia Christy and Dr. Chelsea Cosby from the VA Office of Women’s Health share information regarding the COVID 19 Vaccination in women & minorities.
Feb 11, 2021
Heart Health Facts and Myths
Dr. Claire Duvernoy, staff cardiologist at the Ann Arbor VA, reviews facts and myths on women’s heart health and provides important information on how to love your heart.
Feb 04, 2021
Mammograms Through the VA
Dr. Sally Haskell, Deputy Chief Consultant for Clinical Operations & Director of Comprehensive Women’s Health explains the process and experience of getting a mammogram through the VA.
Feb 01, 2021
Flu Shot Facts & Myths
Dr. Chelsea Cosby reviews facts and myths on getting the flu shot and provides important information on preventing influenza.
Dec 17, 2020
Women’s Health Transition Training, a Participant’s Experience
Air Force Veteran, Sarah Maples shares about the knowledge and benefits she gained from participating in the WHTT.
Dec 08, 2020
Women’s Health Transition Training, Addressing Misperceptions of the VA
Major Alea Nadeem & Dr. Halima Ahmadi-Montecalvo discuss how the WHTT is designed to challenge misperceptions current and former Servicewomen may have regarding women’s health care in the VA.
Dec 08, 2020
Women’s Health Transition Training
Major Alea Nadeem & Dr. Nancy Maher provide an overview of the WHTT which educates current or former women Service members on VA health care for women.
Dec 08, 2020
White Ribbon VA
White Ribbon VA, Lelia Jackson and Gina Baumgartner speak about VA’s national call to action to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Nov 23, 2020
LGBTQ Care in the VA
Dr. Jillian Shipherd, LGBT Health Program Director at VA Central Office, discusses the ongoing efforts and strategies in VHA to provide inclusive and affirming care for Veterans with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and related identities.
Oct 01, 2020
Infertility Services in the VA
Dr. Ginny Ryan, VA Infertility Specialist, walk us through the process of getting connected to and coverage of infertility care by the VA.
Oct 01, 2020
Maternity Care in the VA
Dr. Amanda Johnson, Director of Reproductive Health for Women’s Health at VA Central Office, provides an overview of maternity care coordination and benefits offered in the VA.
Oct 01, 2020
Comprehensive Women’s Health Care in the VA
Dr. Sally Haskell, Deputy Consultant for Clinical Operations AND the Director of Comprehensive Health for Women’s Health at VA Central Office, speaks about the range of care provided to women Veterans by Women’s Health Primary Care Providers in the VA.
Oct 01, 2020
Women Veteran Call Center
Mr. Benjamin Davis, Acting Director for the Women Veterans Call Center, shares how women Veterans can connect to the Women Veteran Call Center to access VA Health Care and other resources.

For more information about the Women Veterans Call Center please visit or call them directly at 855-VA-WOMEN (855-829-6636).
Oct 01, 2020
Women’s Health in the VA Overview
Dr. Patty Hayes, Chief Officer for Women’s Health at VA Central Office, discusses past, present, and future state of Women’s Health in the VA.
Oct 01, 2020