A Call to Arms: Advancing Women’s Health Research in the Military
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hiebert Lounge, 14th Floor, Instructional Building
The Military Center held a symposium focused on the health of active-duty women and female veterans. Sessions discussed some of the more recognized sequelae of war such as PTSD and brain injury, as well as lesser-known after-effects such as cancer and perinatal health and their impacts on women who serve. The keynote speaker was Captain Kathy Beasley, a retired career Navy Nurse Corps officer who served in a wide variety of staff and leadership positions within the Navy and Department of Defense. Additional presenters included faculty experts from Boston University, Boston Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Session topics include: Perinatal & Gynecological Outcomes, Gulf War Syndrome, PTSD, Chronic Traumatic Brain Injuries and Blunt Force Trauma Outcomes.
Key Note Speaker: Capt. Kathryn M. Beasley, USN (Ret)
Capt. Beasley retired from the U.S. Navy in 2009 after serving 30 years. As a career Navy Nurse Corps officer, she served in a wide variety of staff and leadership positions within the Navy and DoD. She has had assignments serving in large and small military treatment facilities, both stateside and abroad. Her clinical specialties have been in the surgical intensive care and surgical services as well as the ambulatory care areas. Her administrative emphasis has been in the managed care arena, TRICARE operations, and health care operational planning.
Capt. Beasley’s leadership assignments include chief of staff of Naval Healthcare New England; director of Healthcare Operations at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; chief of staff for the Commanding General for the Multi-Service Market Area at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and director of planning and support for the Navy Surgeon General.
Capt. Beasley is a native of St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a Master of Science in nursing and Master of Science in business administration from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Beasley is a co-author on the report “Health of Women Who Have Served”. (Biography courtesy of MOAA)
10:10am-11am- Keynote Address
Overview on health outcomes of women in the military
11am-11:45am- Trauma outcomes in active duty women and veterans
Topic 1: Chronic traumatic brain injury
Topic 2: Blunt trauma outcomes
11:45am-12:30pm- Medical health outcomes in active duty women and veterans
Topic: Gulf War Illness and Chronic Conditions
12:30pm-1pm – Lunch
1:00pm-1:45pm- Psychiatric health outcomes in active duty women and veterans
Topic 1: Psychiosoical Treatment for PTSD
Topic 2: PTSD, Combat & Military Sexual Trauma
1:45pm-2:30pm- Reproductive health outcomes in active duty women and veterans
Topic: Perinatal Outcomes