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Editor in Chief's Message

Editor-in-chief’s message | February 2022

Author(s): By Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Dear Colleagues,

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Beth Kelsey, Editor-in-Chief

It is always my pleasure in the first issue of a new year to wish everyone the best for the coming year as well as to reflect back on the previous year. Our entire Women’s Healthcare team helped us to deliver six excellent issues in 2021. We have reason to celebrate what we have accomplished. This team includes editors, authors, peer reviewers, editorial advisory board members, journal publisher and publishing staff, and NPWH CEO Heather Maurer.

The articles published in the 2021 issues of the journal brought high-quality, interesting, and practical information we can use in clinical practice and professional development. The wide variety of content provides something for every reader. Thank you to all of the authors.

A special thank you is also extended to all those who peer-reviewed manuscripts for us in 2021. They are:


We rely on these reviewers’ expertise and thoughtful feedback to ensure the articles we publish are the very best.

Our editorial advisory board (EAB) members provide guidance on potential topics for the journal by reviewing feedback from readers on what they want and by keeping abreast of contemporary issues in the women’s health arena. They also contribute by peer-reviewing manuscripts, submitting manuscripts of their own, and encouraging colleagues to submit manuscripts on relevant topics. I want to recognize and thank Kim Choma, Melanie Deal, Ginny Moore, Suzanne Reiter, and Kathy Trotter for their important contributions as they rotate off the EAB. At the same time, I am pleased to welcome Casey Hopkins, Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos, Laurie Ray, and Natya Stroud as new EAB members. To learn more about them, go to here.

The HealthCom Media publishing team is outstanding. Their diverse talents keep us moving forward and looking our best. Their commitment to publishing a journal and creating a social media presence we can all be proud of is evident in all they do.

Beyond the journal, I want to thank the individuals who participated on writing groups for NPWH positions statements created and approved by the NPWH board of directors in 2021. The writing group members bring expertise and dedication to a process that takes time and a willingness to interact in a meaningful way with each other to create position statements that reflect the NPWH mission and values. In 2021, the NPWH BOD approved three new positions statements and three updated position statements:

Intimate Partner Violence – Jackie Cavner, Heidi Fantasia, Sue Kendig, Jennifer Korkosz, Terrie Platt
Climate Change, Women’s Health, and Reproductive Justice – Cara Cook, Danielle Grimm, Katie Huffling, Sue Kendig, Sandy Worthington
Menstrual Health and Equity – Rachel Fidino, Casey Hopkins, Kwuan Paruchabutr, Sherri Sellers
Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies (updated) – Erika Jang, Heather Quaile, Susan Rawlins, Laurie Tompkins
Human Sex Trafficking (updated) – Ashley Hodges, Ginny Moore, Heather Quaile
HPV vaccination (updated) – Kala Blakely, Sarah Vaillancourt, Holly Fonteno

We are planning to continue to provide you with a broad selection of outstanding articles in six issues this year. As always, we invite you to submit manuscripts of your own in the multiple formats we offer. Click here to access our Guidelines for Authors. We welcome query letters regarding the topic and article format you are considering. You can reach Gretchen at gschwenker@healthcommedia.com or me at bkelsey@npwomenshealthcare.com.





Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP


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