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February 2020: Editor-in-chief’s message

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

beth kelsey editor chiefDear Colleagues,
I hope the start of 2020 has been a good one for everyone. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever for Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs. We are planning six issues, including four regular issues and two special topics issues. As well, we now bring articles to readers in digital format on the journal website ahead of publication in the journal. We look forward to providing you with a broad selection of outstanding articles in 2020.
Looking back at 2019, it is important to recognize the many individuals on our Women’s Healthcare journal team who helped us have an excellent year and to celebrate what we have accomplished. This team includes editors, authors, peer reviewers, editorial advisory board (EAB) members, journal publisher and publishing staff, NPWH board of directors (BOD), and NPWH CEO Gay Johnson.
Within that context, thank you to all of the authors of articles published in the 2019 issues of the journal. You have brought us a wide variety of high-quality, interesting articles brimming with information that we can use in clinical practice.
As special recognition, we invited our readers to choose their favorite article in each of our 2019 journal issues. Congratulations to these winners:

A special thank you is also extended to those who peer reviewed manuscripts for us in 2019:

We rely on these reviewers’ thoughtful feedback and expertise to ensure the articles we publish are the very best. The members of our EAB 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. As well, they contribute by peer reviewing manuscripts and submitting manuscripts of their own. Recognition and thanks go to Lorraine Byrnes, Linda Dominguez, and Wendy Grube for their important contributions as they rotate off the EAB. We are also delighted to welcome Kim Choma, Randee Masciola, and Shawana Moore as new members.
The HealthCom Media publishing team is truly outstanding. With their diverse talents, they keep us moving forward and looking our best. Their dedication to publishing a journal and creating a social media presence we can all be proud of is evident in everything they do. In particular, recognition and thanks go to Dory Greene as she retires from her position as managing editor. Her expertise, professionalism, and passion for women’s health and the nurse practitioners who provide women’s healthcare have been evident in every issue of the journal since its inception more than 6 years ago. We wish her the very best.
We are also delighted to welcome our new managing editor, Gretchen L. Schwenker. Gretchen comes to us with a wealth of experience as an editor and writer. I am looking forward to working with her.
Beyond the journal, thanks are also due to the individuals who participated on writing groups for NPWH positions statements created and approved by the BOD in 2019. The writing group members bring expertise and dedication to a process that takes time, discussion, and willingness to interact in a meaningful way to create position statements that reflect the NPWH mission and values. In 2019, the NPWH BOD approved two new positions statements:
Expanding Access to Hormonal Contraception
Eliminating Preventable Maternal Deaths
The writing group members for these position statements are:

As always, we invite you to submit manuscripts of your own in the multiple formats we offer. Visit our journal website to access our guidelines for authors. We welcome query letters regarding the topic and article format you are considering. You can reach Gretchen at or me at

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

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