While attending a meeting a few years ago, I started thinking about women and their health and asked myself, What are we missing? It occurred to me that there exists a population of women who are seemingly forgotten: older women. Once women survive past their childbearing years and menopause, how do we best take care of them? Continue reading
I am proud to announce that the 20th Annual NPWH Premier Women’s Healthcare to date! We had more than 750 attendees, and the viewed our excellent poster presentations. I received comments about the conference that included the following: Inspiring! Great content! Excellent faculty! Fun to be with colleagues in this learning environment. I extend a special thanks to the 2017 Planning Committee, the NPWH Board of Directors, RSG Consulting, and our incredible NPWH staff for making this truly our best conference yet! Continue reading
Happy September and the beginning of the new fall season!
As you may remember, NPWH was founded in 1980 as a national organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) who were focused on family planning and reproductive health. As the years have progressed, so have we. NPWH now represents all women’s health NPs (WHNPs), as well as family NPs and adult NPs who are providing healthcare to women. In addition, NPWH represents individuals in academia who are educating these women’s health-focused NPs. We have defined ourselves as the premier organization that works tirelessly to develop and produce the absolute best in educational opportunities, as well as new programs, initiatives, and resources that provide expert, up-to-date content in all areas of women’s health. Continue reading
Happy Spring! We have jumped into high gear here at NPWH!
To celebrate National Women’s Health Week, May 14-20, 2017, we participated in the Coalition for Women’s Health Equity’s planning of their first-ever Women’s Health Empowerment Summit. NPWH partnered with Women Against Alzheimer’s to plan the panel, Women’s Health for All Ages: New Trends & Perspectives. Our panelists included NPWH’s Susan Hoffstetter, Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors; Mary Worstell, Senior Advisor to the Director, HHS Office of Women’s Health; Jill Lesser, President, Women Against Alzheimer’s; Athena Cross-Edge, Board Member, Black Women’s Health Imperative; and Lynn Yeakel, Director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership and Founder and President, Vision 2020.
Our annual Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs is in its fourth year, and we are expecting to reach capacity once again for this educational activity. The Vulvoscopy Workshop that we added last year was so popular that we are offering it again this year. The Women’s Sexual Health Course, the only course designed specifically for NPs, has been extremely well received. This course enhances NPs’ ability to promote women’s sexual health and increases their confidence in evaluating, diagnosing, and managing female sexual dysfunction.
We are thrilled to announce that we are in the process of developing our new Patient Portal. This portal will be accessed on our website and will facilitate patient–NP communication. The portal will include information promoting health, as well as information about the specific needs of women with common health conditions and about management of conditions unique to women. In addition, this portal will provide women with direct access to women’s health topics. We will keep you updated on our progress.
This is the 20th year that NPWH will be offering its Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference, and we are excited to be in Seattle, Washington, once again! This year’s presentations will cover topics such as colposcopy, menopause, preeclampsia, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and professional development (e.g., writing for publication), just to name a few. New this year is the SOAR Training, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for recognizing victims of human trafficking. Check out the program guide to see all of our presentations, which cover the very latest developments in women’s health. Please plan to join us; you won’t want to miss this year’s conference!