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Message from the CEO

Author(s): Gay Johnson

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

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