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Research Interest Group (MWHRIG)


The Military Women’s Health Research Interest Group (MWHRIG) will be responsive to the changing faces of the U.S. Armed Forces and other health needs as related to sex and gender by bringing together a group of scientists, clinicians, and other professionals interested in promoting sex and gender health needs in the military healthcare system through the research process.  A collaborative, triservice community of professionals with an interest in expanding the foundation of knowledge upon which can be built expert practices in preventive, acute, and chronic health care for sex-specific, sex-difference, and gender health needs, influence policy and DoD program development, and lead to evidence driven decision making that supports the well-being all Service Members (SM) in the military healthcare system. 



The TSNRP MWHRIG charter was developed as an interdisciplinary research and evidence-based practice agenda that will be responsive to Defense Health Agency/Military Health System needs by building scientific evidence, strengthening interagency collaborations, mentoring research scientists, and advancing the translation of evidence into clinical practice and readiness application to support the advancement of all SMs in military service. In 2021 the MWHRIG consisted of 210 members, and produced 20 publications and 8 funded studies among leaders and members.

Current Leaders

Maj Angela Phillips, PhD, APRN, WHNP-C, MWHRIG Leader
LTC(P) Lana Bernat, DNP, CNM, CPHQ, MWHRIG Deputy

Member Meetings

The TSNRP MWHRIG meets via Zoom to network with colleagues, present research, mentor novice researchers, and share information and resources useful to military nurses and researchers. Join MWHRIG below to receive login details for meetings.

Meeting Replays

MWHRIG - February 2022

Influence of Diet on Vaginal Microbiota Composition in Pregnant Women

Lt Col Tonya White, PhD, RN

Molecular bacterial vaginosis (BV), a microbial dysbiosis, contributes to adverse
pregnancy outcomes affecting 30% of women. Because diet is readily modifiable and may be leveraged to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, this study sought to fill the gap on whether diet influences the vaginal microbiota.

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