We hope you had a healthy and productive 2018! As the year winds down, I wanted to share some highlights of this past year and major initiatives we’ll be working on in 2019.
We’re Developing New Patient Education Tools
- We shared the first look at our exciting women-patient focused digital resource, H.E.R Hub (Health. Education. Resources). It features short videos, easy-to-use handouts, and perspectives from leading WHNP experts on a variety of women’s health conditions, like bacterial vaginosis and STD’s, and general healthy women advice, like to what to expect at a pelvic exam, getting pregnant, and menopause. We have been populating the portal with content all year and are still working to build it out with future funding that will enable us to officially launch in 2019!
We Continue to Provide Leading and Unique Clinical Education Resources
- Close to 150 of you joined us in Phoenix for our 5th annual Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs. Save the Date: The 2019 WSHC will be held May 30-June 2, 2019 in Orlando, FL. Keep an eye out for more information and registration opening in February 2019. Read more about the 2018 course here.
- The 21st Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference was our largest yet, with almost 1,000 people joining us in San Antonio! Click here to read a recap, including details on our Inspirations in Women’s Health Award winners. Save the Date: please plan to join us for next year’s conference in Savannah, GA, October 16-19, 2019.
We’re Growing in Number
- Almost 800 new members joined us in 2018! Welcome to NPWH. We encourage you to add your practice to our “Find an NP” database on the NPWH website. Adding your information to the database will not only help your practice grow, it will also help those seeking health care services to find excellent care. We are also always looking for submissions to our new Member Spotlight If you would like to nominate yourself or another member to be featured, please let us know.
We’re Building a (b)Older Women’s Health Coalition so Women Can Be Healthy At Any Age
- We convened leaders from healthcare, research, government, consumer, and advocacy organizations for our second annual Healthy At Any Age Summit in April. There, we began to catalogue the interconnected web of issues facing aging women and laid the groundwork for the (b)Older Women’s Health Coalition.
- We met again in November to discuss how the Coalition would work and what topics it would prioritize first. The Coalition, consisting of members from a variety of organizations that touch the health and wellbeing of older women in some way, will work with policymakers, clinicians, researchers, and the general public to advocate for improved policies for women’s health as they age, better research, and strengthened clinical education and resources to treat older women. To read more about the Coalition and its goals, please click here.
We’re Advocating for Smart Policies
- When the USPSTF issued recommendations that removed co-testing for cervical cancer, we responded with a website and campaign that set the record straight on why co-testing is the best choice for protecting women. We were thrilled that the USPSTF’s final recommendations retained co-testing as the preferred method for cervical cancer screening. Click here to read a statement from NPWH and other women’s health organizations. We will be launching an updated version of our website, testforcervicalcancer.org, in January.
- Our Director of Policy, Sue Kendig, represents NPWH on a variety of coalitions, including the Council for Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health. These collaborative efforts target reducing maternal mortality and improving patient safety in all aspects of women’s health care. Sue also represents NPWH on the Advisory panel charged with overseeing the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). NPWH is one of four partners and the only nursing organization in this ACOG led initiative, funded by HRSA, charged with identifying the gaps in women’s preventive services not covered by the IOM and USPSTF recommendations. In 2017 – 2018, WPSI issued recommendations regarding postpartum screening for gestational diabetes, and urinary incontinence screening.
- NPWH, along with ACNM and AWHONN, partnered with the University of Alaska to work on an exciting CDC-funded effort to reach over 30,000 women’s health nurses on preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Susan Rawlins, our Director of Education and Beth Kelsey, our Director of Publications, represents NPWH in this effort and traveled to Atlanta to meet with our fellow partners. Susan is also the NPWH liaison for ACOG’s Committee on Gynecologic Practice.
- Gay Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, along with a small group of other national organizational leaders, participated in a private meeting with Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the FDA on November 19, 2018. The meeting was to hear Mr. Gottlieb’s priorities and their relationship to the unique needs of women’s health. We shared with him how vital the office of Women’s Health is in research, policy and outreach.
- Most recently, Jacki Witt, Immediate Past Board Chair, and Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos, Secretary, represented NPWH at the new ACOG initiative on Maternal Mental Health. The group of provider organizations and industry partners are working together to develop tools to improve maternal mental health.
We appreciate your support this year and look forward to working together again in 2019. Thank you for your continued support of women’s health.
Gay Johnson, CEO