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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!

Message from the CEO

As we enter 2017, we are excited about the new opportunities and programs we have planned for the year. For example, with regard to our Well Woman Visit Mobile App, we are working on adding a Menopause section, which we know you will want to download. At the end of 2016, we completed a new edition of the App, which now includes the assessment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Remember, the App is free, and a very helpful tool in your practice, so please share it with your colleagues today!

We are in the process of planning four regional, 1-day, complimentary CE meetings that will cover topics such as HPV Immunizations, Contraception, Bacterial Vaginosis, Menopause, and Hereditary Cancer. Last year, we held a regional meeting in Pasadena, California. Instead of providing just didactic lectures and slides, we introduced case studies on the topics and broke into small groups. The attendees loved the format and were happy they participated. Watch for announcements of future meetings and locations.

Another project we are working on for 2017 is our Patient Portal. Over the years, we have provided nurse practitioners with toolkits comprised not only of educational materials for you, but also helpful information for your patients. In addition to the toolkits, we want to provide a place for your patients to access NPWH-vetted materials that are easy to understand, visually engaging, and easy to use, and that serve as an excellent resource for practical information regarding their health. This Patient Portal will give you, the provider, an opportunity to print the materials to give to your patients and/or direct them to our website. At a later date, we will provide this information in Spanish as well.

The year 2017 is the fourth in a row that we will be off ering the Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs. This course will enhance your ability to promote women’s sexual health and increase your confidence in being able to evaluate, diagnose, and manage female sexual dysfunction. The course will be held on June 8-11, 2017, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.

For your convenience, we have included the program guide and registration information in this issue of the journal. Don’t miss this opportunity; register today!

Gay Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, NPWH

Editor-in-chief’s message

Dear Colleagues,

It was wonderful to meet some NPWH members for the first time, as well as catch up with those members

I already knew, at our 19th Annual NPWH Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference in New Orleans. I have missed only one conference in these 19 years, and I can say without a doubt that they just keep getting better and better. This is the women’s healthcare conference that covers it all—contemporary issues to keep us up to date, challenging issues that we face clinically and professionally every day, and the very practical skills that we need to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare for women.

If you want to be inspired, as well as informed, this conference is always the one to attend. This year, we had the exceptional opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Loretta Ford, founder of the nurse practitioner (NP) profession. Dr. Ford wove together the past and present for NPs. When asked what we needed to do to ensure that our profession thrives in the future, she advised us to “Keep moving!” Our keynote speakers, two NPs serving the rural Appalachian population with their health mobile, demonstrated the power of commitment and perseverance in helping those in need. As always, our four Inspiration in Women’s Health Award winners this year reminded us of the remarkable work our colleagues have accomplished.

If you attended the conference this year, you may have faced the same difficulty I did in terms of choosing among the breakout sessions. Fortunately, these sessions were recorded and are available free to conference attendees on the NPWH website E-Learning Portal. If you missed the conference, you can purchase individual recorded sessions and obtain CE credits. Each session is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Our annual NPWH conferences are so successful because of the extraordinary team effort of our Planning Committee, our Board of Directors, our staff members, and our CEO, Gay Johnson. We are also grateful for the meticulous behind-the-scenes work accomplished by our Education and Research Committees to ensure that the presentation and poster content is evidence based and relevant to NPs providing healthcare for women. Exhibitors at the conference afford us an opportunity to learn and get questions answered about women’s health products, services, and pharmaceuticals.

I extend a huge thank-you to everyone, including the attendees, who made this conference such a success. I want to extend a special thank-you to the New Orleans WHNPs who served on the Hospitality Committee. They greeted us at the Hospitality Booth with festive Mardi Gras beads and information on what we could see and do while in the Big Easy, as well as helping us in the break-out session rooms.

I am already looking forward to our 20th Annual NPWH Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference, which will take place on October 11-14, 2017, in Seattle. I hope to have the opportunity to meet more of you, as well as catch up again with the many colleagues I have already met.

The holidays are upon us! I wish you all happy time spent with family and friends as we move into the new year!

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 npwh.org 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 npwh.org. 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