A Look Back at 2017
2017 turned out to be an important year for women – both in terms of facing threats that limit access to quality healthcare and opening up new dialogues about sexual harassment and assault. As the year winds down, I wanted to share some perspective on the work we have done and will continue to do to help WHNPs provide the highest quality care to patients and to serve as respected voices for meeting the needs of women.
NPWH and our members continued to shine a light on women’s health issues this year, especially those that are often overlooked or not well understood. We promoted women’s health at any age, women’s sexual health, care for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients, and so much more through education, clinician resources, and participating in coalitions with ally organizations.
Here are some of the accomplishments from 2017 we are most proud of and key opportunities for you to note for 2018:
- We are working to ensure our clinicians are getting state-of-the-science knowledge and training by bringing together experts from around the country at our Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference. This year, our 20th conference, was our largest to date. More than 700 of you joined us in Seattle for learning and networking.
For those who couldn’t make it, you can click here to view the sessions and earn CE credit. Click here to hear from women who attended the conference. We hope to see everyone at next year’s conference, October 10-13 in San Antonio.
- We continued to fill the gap in post-education training on women’s sexual health at our Fourth Annual Women’s Sexual Health Course (WSHC) for NPs this past June in Baltimore. 200 NPs attended this important program and expanded their knowledge of evaluating, diagnosing, and managing Female Sexual Dysfunction.
This program, along with the companion vulvoscopy workshop, regularly sells out – so be on the lookout for registration information for the Fifth Annual WSHC (being held June 7-10, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ) in early 2018. Curious about the WHSC? View highlights from 2017 here.
- We kept our clinicians on the cutting edge of a variety of topics critical to women’s health and well-being. We partnered with Spire Learning to host the second annual Faces & Cases Seminar: Managing Women’s Healthcare Issues Across the Lifespan.
This regional meeting was held in Dallas in November, and will be repeated in Atlanta (February 3), Chicago (March 10), and New York City (April 14). Registration information will be posted soon.
- We published new position statements on human sex trafficking, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk assessment, HPV, and healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
- Our continuing education offerings expanded, giving clinicians a wealth of resources to stay current in practice. In addition to the aforementioned courses from the Annual Conference, we offered a free webinar series on preventing unintended teratogen exposure in in reproductive-aged women, a free newsletter series on cord blood banking, and several CE articles from Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs.
You can view all available courses here.
- We continued to bring resources into the modern age and put them at our practitioner’s fingertips with our Well-Woman Visit mobile app. This year, we added sections on menopause and IBS assessment.
Looking forward to 2018
- Women are living longer. We will not let our patients who have changing health needs as they age be pushed aside. To ensure their later years are healthy and happy, we will host the 2nd Healthy at Any Age Summit in the spring of 2018 and bring multiple organizations together to focus on the issues facing women as they age.
- We will continue to represent WHNPs as active members of several coalitions and task forces, including the National Coalition for Sexual Health, Coalition for Women’s Health Equality, Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare, and the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative, among others. We will also continue to regularly attend Capitol Hill briefings to ensure the representation of WHNPs on key healthcare issues and keep your finger on the pulse of Washington. (You can view a list of Congressional letters we signed onto in 2017 here.)
We, and our members, are dedicated to having courageous conversations about women and all aspects of their health. In this era where women’s rights to quality healthcare is consistently under attack, we look forward to 2018 and continuing to build a future where women have equal access to the justice, respect, and healthcare they deserve. Thank you for your continued support of NPWH and women’s healthcare.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018,