Message from the CEO

In case you haven’t noticed, NPWH is striving to provide more and more educational offerings for nurse practitioners. We just completed our complimentary continuing education (CE) 1-day regional course, Managing Women’s Health Issues Across a Lifespan, in Pasadena, California. I am pleased to report that the attendees found the content very informative and the expert faculty highly inspiring. They felt it was worthwhile to give up a Saturday in order to learn more about long-acting reversible contraceptives, endometriosis, genitourinary syndrome of menopause, and obesity, and to earn free CE credits. We are working toward providing more of these regional courses covering additional hot topics in women’s health next year.

Another update: We are building out our Well Woman Visit mobile app to include assessment and treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome. Stay tuned for the announcement indicating that this updated app is available to download. For those of you who haven’t already downloaded our mobile app, please visit or go to the Apple Store and download it for free. The app is available for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. We have received praise from members of organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, who recognize that our WWV app is easy to use, is scientifically sound, and serves as a handy and immediate reference during a patient visit.

And here’s more good news: Registration is still open for the Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs, which will be held on June 23-26, 2016, in San Diego, California. This is the only post-graduation educational offering on women’s sexual health for nurse practitioners. You will receive not only CEs but also a Certificate of Completion, which documents that you have gained knowledge in the area of women’s sexual health.

And, finally, the 19th Annual NPWH Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference, our national clinical conference, is almost here! This year, our conference takes place in the vibrant city of New Orleans on September 28-October 1, 2016. The conference program guide, which appears on pages 23-26 of this issue, reveals the variety of leading-edge topics we are offering this year, along with courses covering essential primary skills to incorporate into your practice. You’ll want to register early to take advantage of the discount; the complete program guide, including the registration form, is available at As always, NPWH takes great pride in offering up-to-date women’s health content imparted by experts in their fields so that you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to provide high-quality healthcare to women of all ages.

Gay Johnson

Chief Executive Officer, NPWH

Message from the CEO

February may have been the shortest month of the year, but all of us at NPWH made the most of it by preparing for a busy and productive year. We welcome a new board chair, Jacki Witt, who is from Kansas City, Missouri, and three new board members: Diana Drake, from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Shelagh Larson, from Fort Worth, Texas; and Jordan Vaughan, from Nashville, Tennessee. We are also pleased to announce that Beth Kelsey, Editor-in-Chief of this journal, has added a new role: NPWH Publication Coordinator. Congratulations to all!

In January, we launched “Women’s Health Wisdom,” NPWH’s own blog! The purpose of the blog is to share thoughts, updates, and new information and opportunities related to women’s health policy, primary care, sexual health, pregnancy, pre-conception, postpartum concerns, heart health, mental health, overactive bladder, and many other topics. You can access the new blog by clicking here or by logging on to the NPWH website.

In April, we are offering a new regional CE course, Managing Women’s Health Issues Across a Lifespan. This live, interactive, 1-day meeting will be held at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena, California. The course will include topics such as LARC, endometriosis, obesity, and genitourinary syndrome of menopause. You can register for this course here. See the back cover of this issue for much more information. And we proudly present the third annual Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs on June 23-26, 2016, at the Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel in San Diego, California. New to the sexual health course this year will be a post-conference session for hands-on vulvoscopy training. The program guide for the Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs appears on pages 8-12 in the journal; registration is available at

Make the most of this exciting year of 2016 by joining NPWH! You won’t want to miss out on all the exciting activities we have planned. And you will want to take advantage of the membership discounts and value-added features that we provide throughout the year.

– Gay Johnson

Chief Executive Officer, NPWH