A Call to Arms: Advancing Women’s Health Research in the Military

Thursday, Sept. 13
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hiebert Lounge, 14th Floor, Instructional Building


Join the Military Center for a symposium focused on the health of active-duty women and female veterans. Sessions will discuss 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 will be 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 will include faculty experts from Boston University, Boston Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Lunch will be provided. 

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)

 

Agenda

10am-10:10am- Opening

Introduction

COL Glenn Markenson, MD

10:10am-11am- Keynote Address

Overview on health outcomes of women in the military

CAPT Kathy Beasley/ Tracy Malone

11am-11:45am- Trauma outcomes in active duty women and veterans

Topic 1: Chronic traumatic brain injury

Ann McKee, MD

Topic 2: Blunt trauma outcomes

Tracey Dechert, MD

11:45am-12:30pm- Medical health outcomes in active duty women and veterans

Topic: Gulf War Illness and Chronic Conditions

Kimberly Sullivan, PhD

12:30pm-1pm – Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm- Psychiatric health outcomes in active duty women and veterans

Topic 1: Psychiosoical Treatment for PTSD

Cassidy Gutner, PhD

Topic 2: PTSD, Combat & Military Sexual Trauma

Amy Street, PhD

1:45pm-2:30pm- Reproductive health outcomes in active duty women and veterans

Topic: Perinatal Outcomes

COL Glenn Markenson, MD

2:30-3pm- Closing