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.

GW LGBT Health Graduate Certificate Program

The George Washington University graduate certificate program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 program year. The certificate is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program that trains medical and mental health professionals to better care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, usually within 3 weeks of submittal, so earlier is better in order to secure admission. March 15th is the deadline to apply to be considered for tuition assistance. The overall deadline is May 31.

Click here to learn more and apply.