Knowing that the military, healthcare, and technology are traditionally male-led industries, MFAN honored Women’s History Month by recognizing the women who are leading the way in military health reform. In the “Leading the Charge: Women in Wellness” panel discussion, female trailblazers share the journeys that led them to a career in military health and advancements that will make it easier for military families to manage their care.


MFAN has played a key role in supporting the deployment of electronic medical records for military and veteran families. Our research continues to show that access to such records have helped mitigate barriers to care.


According to respondents from MFAN’s 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey:


reported that they have used an electronic medical record system or patient portal in the last two years

Top five health care obstacles

Lack of appointments

Poor quality of care

Administrative obstacles

Inability to secure specialization

COVID-19 pandemic

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Shannon Razsadin – President and Executive Director, MFAN



Col. Christina Sheets – DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM)


Lauren Andry, MSN RN-BC – Chief Informatics Officer, Defense and Military Health, Oracle Cerner


Trisha Eknes – Vice President, Partnership for Defense Health, Leidos


Additional Resources

  • MHS GENESIS – The Department of Defense’s electronic health record seeks to simplify care for military families. This 24/7 portal, currently being deployed in stages, will make it easier for families to access their care wherever they may be, allowing for a smoother transfer of care from one location to the next.
  • Military and Family Life Counseling Program – This program offers free short-term, non-medical counseling on a variety of topics. These services are confidential and even offer support for children.
  • MFAN’s Research Findings – The 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey collected data on experiences with health care, mental health care, and telehealth.