Physicians to Advocate for Greater Support for Women Veterans


Partnership with Veterans Multi-Service Center for Women Veterans

Presentation to Emphasize “Empower, Embrace, Engage”

Philadelphia, PA – October 1, 2014 - Amidst increased attention to the health and well-being of veterans nationwide, physicians from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania will be presenting “Empower, Embrace, Engage: Key Recommendations to Address Challenges Facing United States Women Veterans,” on behalf of their partnership with the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) in Philadelphia on October 6, 2014.

The RWJF Clinical Scholars Program in conjunction with the VA selects and trains a diverse group of physicians who share a passion for improving the United States healthcare system through community engagement, innovative research and policy development. In July, the University of Pennsylvania’s seven RWJF Clinical Scholars partnered with the Women’s Veteran Center (WVC), a dedicated space within the Veterans Multi-Service Center of Philadelphia. The WVC, managed by Desert Storm Army Veteran Aronda Smith, is dedicated to providing programming, social support and resource connections specifically for women veterans. As the proportion of women serving in the military continues to steadily increase, this collaboration was created to identify and address challenges facing women veterans transitioning to civilian life.

The resilience of women veterans and the unique challenges they face in accessing medical, financial and social resources after leaving the military will be discussed.  The event will also feature key recommendations for how organizations such as the VMC-WVC can optimize their efforts to meet the needs of former servicewomen, ultimately becoming models for future women veteran organizations in the US through social support, service provision and advocacy.

This event is free and open to the public.


October 6th, 6PM

The Veterans Multi-Service Center
213-217 N 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 

Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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