Tag Archives: NPWH board of directors

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 »

Editor-in-chief ’s message

Dear Colleagues,

In January 2017, the NPWH Board of Directors approved our position statement on human sex trafficking, which is published in this issue of the journal. The work of the writing group on the position statement started in October 2016. It seems that, nearly every week since that time, I see something in the media about human trafficking.

At our annual conference last year in New Orleans, Dr. Kimberly Chang gave a highly informative and impassioned presentation on human trafficking. Dr. Chang is nationally known for her advocacy in the prevention of trafficking and the care of trafficking survivors. Along the way, she has provided me with a variety of resources on both sex and labor trafficking that I want to share with all of you.

One of these resources is HEAL – Health, Education, Advocacy, and Linkages. HEAL is an independent network of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors—from a public health perspective. At the HEAL Trafficking website, you can find educational resources, as well as access a protocol toolkit for healthcare settings.

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is housed within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). At the OTIP website, you can find factsheets, brochures, and posters supporting DHHS’s Look Beneath the Surface campaign, which can be used to increase community awareness about human trafficking. In addition, the website has information on victim assistance services and training resources, and it provides reports on trafficking from other federal agencies.

The Polaris Project provides trafficking statistics, offers information on a variety of trafficking prevention initiatives, and sponsors the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) and the BeFree Textline (text HELP to 233733 [BEFREE]). You can find out more on the Polaris Project website.

If you want in-depth and up-to-date information on a variety of trafficking issues, I recommend the textbook Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue: A Paradigm Expansion in the United States (2017). This book has 24 chapters covering topics such as Sex Trafficked and Missed, LGBTQ Youth and Vulnerability to Sex Trafficking, Physical Health of Human Trafficking Survivors: Unmet Essentials, Caring for Survivors Using a Trauma-Informed Care Framework, The Ignored Exploitation: Labor Trafficking in the USA, and Human Trafficking: Perspectives on Prevention. You can download individual chapters or purchase the complete book.

NPWH will continue to provide leadership and collaborate with other organizations and agencies to deliver education to increase knowledge and provide resources for NPs to identify, assess, and respond to the needs of trafficked individuals. Furthermore, we will advocate for policies and public health campaigns that will help stop trafficking.

Editor-in-chief‘s message

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to now serve as Publication Coordinator for NPWH along with my continuing role as Editor-in-Chief of the journal. In the role of Publication Coordinator, I work with the Board of Directors (BOD), our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gay Johnson, and our staff to expand the benefits NPWH brings to its members. It is my pleasure to share with you some of the activities with which I am engaged.

One of the responsibilities of my new role is to coordinate the development of position statements for NPWH. Position statements provide an explanation, justification, or recommendation for a course of action that reflects the organization’s stance regarding a specific issue or concern. Position statements can be used to facilitate development and advocacy for health policies, direct educational activities, promote evidence-based practice, support research, and/or encourage collaboration with other agencies and organizations. In keeping with the mission of NPWH, position statements for the organization always advocate for women’s health and the practice of WHNPs and other nurse practitioners who provide women’s healthcare.

With input from the membership, the NPWH BOD and professional staff are charged with identifying priority issues and concerns. The process for writing position statements is inclusive, and requires active involvement of NPWH members—from identifying issues, to participating as a writing group member, to reviewing and providing feedback on drafts.

We have collaborated with Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing to establish collections in both the “Nursing Organizations—Events” and the “Nursing Organizations—Resource Papers” communities on the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. The NPWH events collection will enable our conference research and innovative clinical project poster and podium presenters to have abstracts posted in the e-Repository, making their work available to nurses around the globe. The resource papers collection will provide another avenue for NPWH to reach nurses and other constituents with our position statements, guidelines, and other important documents to promote women’s health. Watch for our entries in both of these collections later this summer.

We have been hard at work on the online NPWH Certification Review Course for WHNPs and are pleased to let you know that it will be available early this summer. The course will have 21 modules covering the topics outlined in the NCC WHNP certification examination guide, with review questions at the end of each module. Continuing education credit will be provided.

I am looking forward to continuing to work enthusiastically with the NPWH BOD, our CEO, our staff, and our members to support our organization’s mission and goals.

Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC