Happy New Year

Last year was such an exciting year for us. The 18th Annual NPWH Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference in Salt Lake City, UT was an enormous success. In addition to our annual conference, we hosted our 2nd Annual Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs in Orlando, FL, which was so popular that we had to close registration early. We also developed numerous cutting edge CE activities, including journal articles, newsletter series, and webinars.

In 2015, we updated the Well Woman Visit Mobile App to include cardiovascular health recommendations and the latest CDC STD guidelines. The launch of our new continuing education portal and revamped website have made it easier to take courses and access NPWH resources. We worked with Healthy Women to develop a cervical cancer screening toolkit, which you can pre-order now. NPWH teamed up with Bedsider to deliver grants to 6 clinical sites to help improve contraceptive use and understanding in their practice. The Bedsider projects will conclude in 2016.

Additionally, a number of the NPWH Board members were recognized as outstanding WHNP professors. NPWH’s CEO, Gay Johnson, published an article in the Nurse Practitioner Perspectives journal on the attitudes and sentiments of patients and providers toward cervical cancer screening. Susan Rawlins (Director of Education) and Susan Kendig (Director of Policy) were interviewed about the women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) specialty for an article in Advance Healthcare Network for NPs & PAs.

We hope that 2015 was just as positive and productive for you as it was for us. We are looking forward to what 2016 has in store.

Thank you for your continued support of NPWH and the future of women’s health care.

NPWH Attends the HHS Provider Roundtable Meeting

On December 16, NPWH participated in the monthly Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Provider Roundtable. Dr. Debra Houry, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, spoke about the draft CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. The guidelines provide suggested direction on a number of topics, including discussing risks and benefits with patients, nonpharmacological therapies, and duration of treatment. The draft guidelines are posted on the federal register and open for public comment from Dec. 14, 2015-Jan. 13, 2016. The CDC is looking for feedback and comments from providers of special populations (e.g. pregnant patients). We encourage to take a look at the draft guidelines and provide comments/feedback. The HHS Pharmaceutical Forum and the open enrollment deadline extension were also discussed during the meeting.

NPWH at the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics Stakeholder Meeting

On Thursday, December 3, NPWH along with 15 stakeholders attended the meeting, including American Academy of Pediatrics, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Society for Women’s Health Research, and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, American College of Nurse Midwives attended the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics Stakeholder Meeting.

The meeting focused on the new FDA pregnancy and lactation labeling rule with a history of pregnancy labeling, problems with the old system, processes used to develop new labeling rule, and examples of the requirements of the new labeling rule. The CDC presented on the Treating for Two initiative, the magnitude of medication use in pregnancy, and the objectives of the program. The objectives of Treating for Two include:

  1. Reduce fetal exposure to tetratogenic medications,
  2. Prevent birth defects and other adverse pregnancy outcomes,
  3. Improve women’s health by informing safe and effective treatment of conditions during pregnancy and the reproductive years
  4. Increase confidence in using medications during pregnancy that are not associated with adverse outcomes

Learn more about the Treating for Two initiative here.

NPWH Attends Capitol Hill Briefing on the Health of Women Veterans

On Tuesday, November 17, NPWH attended a Women’s Policy, Inc. briefing, “Returning Home: Health Challenges Facing Women Veterans Following Deployment”. The speakers included an NPWH 2015 Conference speaker, Patricia Hayes, PhD, Chief Consultant for Women’s Health Services in the Office of Patient Care Services for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Shurhonda Love, a veteran and the Assistant National Legislative Director of Disabled American Veterans; and Lauren Augustine, a veteran and Legislative Associate for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

The briefing highlighted the progress the VA has made in creating additional services for women veterans. It also addressed the work that still needs to be done to employ more women’s health focused providers who will provide gender sensitive care to veterans for their basic as well as complex health needs. The “I’m One. I am a Proud Veteran” campaign was also discussed. The campaign aims to give women veterans the opportunity to stand up and be recognized for their service.

If you work with or know women veterans please send them this link and encourage them to join this important campaign:
http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/OutreachMaterials/ImOne/ImAProudVeteran.asp

NPWH Attends FDA Office of Women’s Health — Women’s Health Update Meeting 

The meeting gave women’s health organizations the opportunity to discuss their Women’s Health Priorities for 2016. One of the key points of the meeting was a discussion about the need for women from diverse backgrounds in clinical trials. The FDA is launching an awareness campaign and NIH developed an outreach toolkit for clinical research. The FDA requested feedback from meeting attendees for ideas on how they can collaborate with women’s health organizations, like NPWH, to get more women from diverse backgrounds involved in clinical trials. The evolution of women’s health at the FDA was also addressed.

NPWH Participates in Overactive Bladder Roundtable

Gay Johnson, NPWH CEO, participated in the 3rd convening of the Urology Care Foundation’s 2015 Overactive Bladder (OAB) Patient Advocacy Roundtable on Tuesday, November 17, in Linthicum, Maryland. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring organizations together to discuss the need for public policy advocacy, general awareness and patient and provider education on behalf of those living with overactive bladder.