MOAA Presents Research Report at National Meeting of Military and Federal Health Professionals

December 1, 2017

This week, MOAA was invited to present its ground-breaking study, America's Health Rankings, the Health of Women Who Have Served, presented in partnership with the United Health Foundation. Highlights of the study indicate women who have served in the U.S. armed forces are more likely than their civilian peers to report their health is very good or excellent. However, despite this positive self-assessment, female veterans report higher rates of cancer, mental illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and depression when compared to women with no military experience. Read more about the MOAA/UHF report. The report was shared in a keynote presentation at the annual conference of AMSUS, The Society of Federal Health Professionals, held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 28-Dec.1.

This high-level, professional conference serves as a communication platform for the educational advancement of health care professionals in all federal health agencies, as well as military health care providers from other nations. It is the only meeting of its kind, bringing together military and federal health care professionals, as well as international delegates. Attendees learn from world-renowned speakers, network across services nationally and internationally, and view demonstrations of the latest advances in medicine - many of which were developed on the battlefield by the military during the past 16 years of war.

The theme of this year's conference was Force Health Protection: From Battlefront to Homefront. Subject-matter experts made themselves available and spoke on a wide variety of topics ranging from advancements in surgical and battle injuries to psychological health, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury; disease non-battle injuries; preparedness/operational issues; and many others.

“The conference is so inspirational this year,” said AMSUS Executive Director Vice Adm. Mike Cowan USN (Ret), a member of MOAA's board of directors. “The depth and breadth of the level of health care expertise and the presence of senior leaders attending is truly amazing and gratifying for all attendees.”

MOAA was honored to present its important study on the health of women veterans in this venue.

“We were excited to present these important findings to both military and federal health care leaders,” says Capt. Kathy Beasley, USN (Ret), MOAA's director of government relations for Health Affairs. “But it was also a great privilege to discuss and share these findings with health care experts from a variety of international medical communities.”


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