The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) begins their 25th Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference today in Houston, Texas, which will continue until Sunday, October 2, 2022. Follow along for coverage.
The NPWH is a national professional organization focused on women’s health, whose members include women’s health nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and other advanced practice registered nurses within the women’s health care space.
The conference represents not only the 25th anniversary event, but also the first time the organization has gathered its members in 3 years. The theme this year—Reunite, Persevere, Renew—recognizes the contributions made by women’s health practitioners and their dedication to the field during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The agenda is full of informative and engaging sessions, hands-on learning opportunities, and networking events. The Contemporary OB/GYN® team is live on-site, so stay tuned for coverage on a plethora of topics, including, but not limited to:
The organization addressed its decision to keep the conference in Houston via a statement after several members raised concerns, primarily due to the original abortion ban known as Texas State Senate Bill 8. They noted the decision-making processes and lead time that were necessary for selecting a conference location. The NPWH began the process approximately 3 to 4 years ago, when they began surveying conference attendees and members for location feedback. Hotel space, lodging options and fair prices were all taken into consideration.
Shortly after they signed the Houston contract in 2019, they were faced with COVID-19 restrictions that ultimately prohibited in-person conferences in 2020 and 2021. To minimize financial loss and refrain from breaking the contract, the organization chose to renegotiate for an in-person conference.
The NPWH emphasized its commitment to providers, citing that the state of Texas has thehighest number of WHNP-BCs in the country. “Texas also has the 8th highest mortality rate in the United States. The high-quality, clinical, and evidenced based continuing education NPWH provides at our annual women’s healthcare conference is vitally important to the health and safety of Texas women, pregnant people, and children. It is imperative that we support our women’s and gender-related healthcare colleagues across the country equitably, regardless of the state in which they live.”
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