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Message from the CEO

As CEO of NPWH, I am fortunate throughout the year to meet and work with so many wonderful NPs. One of my greatest joys each year is calling the winners of the Inspiration in Women’s Health Award to tell them the good news. Most of them respond with surprise, disbelief, and tears of joy!

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Inspiration in Women’s Health Award winners (L-R): Allyssa Harris, Anne Moore, Marcia Clevesy, and Nalo Hamilton

During our annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, this year, we recognized four outstanding WHNPs in front of more than 700 of their colleagues. Each of these WHNPs represented one of four diff erent categories: Practice, Research, Policy, or Education. We congratulate all of these winners:

  • Marcia Clevesy, DNP, WHNP-BC (Practice): Marcia is Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and volunteers weekly at the Nevada Obstetrical Charity Clinic, a nonprofit organization providing obstetric and gynecologic care services at reduced fees for uninsured women and underserved minority females. She recently implemented a QI project that improved postpartum depression screening and detection rates in several clinics.
  • Nalo Hamilton, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC (Research): Nalo is both a biological researcher and a practicing WHNP. Her unique background in biochemistry and molecular biology, combined with her clinical expertise as a WHNP, enables her to investigate questions related to women’s health. Her current research focuses on the identifi cation of biological markers for screening and therapeutic treatment of triple-negative breast cancer.
  • Allyssa Harris, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC (Policy): Allyssa is the WHNP program director at Boston College. She is also a mentor for Boston College’s Keys to Inclusive Leadership Program, which helps prepare nurses from disadvantaged backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minority groups, to enter the nursing workforce as leaders with the inherent capacity to make a diff erence in local communities and women’s health.
  • Anne Moore, DNP, WHNP, ANP, FAANP (Education): Anne developed the WHNP program at Vanderbilt University, serving a total of 22 years as both instructor and program director. She trained NPs all over the country in managing contraception and STDs with the National Family Planning Training Center. She has also educated and trained indigenous providers on LARC for ACOG and has been published more than 100 times. She is currently a Senior Medical Science Liaison for AMAG Pharmaceuticals.
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Fran Way and Gay Johnson

This year, for the first time, we honored and recognized a pioneer for WHNPs: Fran Way, RNC-E, WHNP, MS. Fran’s career in reproductive healthcare began in 1960 and spanned 32 years with Planned Parenthood Affi liates in Iowa and Wisconsin. In 1972, she founded one of the country’s first WHNP programs, which was also the first to be funded by Title X. In 1980, Fran was one of 20 NPs who met to discuss starting a national organization for NPs working in family planning and reproductive health settings. The organization was initially called the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Family Planning. The term Family Planning was then broadened to Reproductive Health, which was then expanded, finally, to Women’s Health. With regard to her involvement with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), Fran served as a member of the organizational committee, then on the Board of Directors (BOD), and then as Chair of the BOD from 1988 to 1992.

In 1994, Fran assisted in establishing NPWH’s popular continuing education approval program. In 1997, Fran represented NPWH in a new national coalition of nursing education credentialing organizations. Over the next 10 years, Fran continued to represent NPWH and the interests of WHNPs on a variety of task forces of nursing organizations that worked to develop consensus on role defi nition, accreditation, certifications, and licensure of advanced practice registered nurses. If it weren’t for Fran, digging in her heels and standing up for the role definition of WHNPs, there would be no WHNP specialty.

Because of Fran Way’s role as a founder of NPWH and as a facilitator in guiding the growth and success of NPWH, along with her extraordinary vision, passionate advocacy, and outstanding commitment to the WHNP role, I was deeply honored to present her with the first Fran Way Legacy Award on October 11, 2018.

What a privilege it is to work among such talented and dedicated WHNPs!

– Gay Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, NPWH


Message from the CEO

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 »

Editor-in-chief’s message

Dear Colleagues,

I have a few updates and opportunities regarding the journal that I’d like to share with you. First, there is an erratum in our September 2017 issue’s Focus on Sexual Health article, “Persistent genital arousal disorder: The uninvited guest (Part 2),” by Brooke M. Faught. The first paragraph and a portion of the second paragraph of the article were inadvertently omitted in the print version of the journal. The article is published in its entirety in the online version of the September 2017 issue. Continue reading »

Message from the CEO

gary johnson ceo nurse practitioner womens healthcareHappy 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 »

Message from the CEO

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!