CEO Message

As Black History Month comes to a close and we reflect, honor, and celebrate the vast contributions of Black Americans in the United States, NPWH’s work is far from over. We are in the process of developing a new strategic plan which includes an updated mission, vision, and a Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) statement that will be the third lens through which our work is examined throughout the organization. Later this spring we will have an official announcement and roll out of the new strategic plan, and look forward to sharing more details with you at that time.

My father was the Executive Director of a historic farm in Leesburg, Virginia where we also lived. From the age of five I was surrounded by history and many stories about the land, the architecture of the buildings, and antique treasures collected by the Governor who left the property in a trust, open to the public to explore. Preservation, honoring history, and people’s stories became one of my values in life. I would like to create an archive of your stories and history as nurse practitioners to ensure their preservation for future generations of WHNPs. If you are interested in sharing your story and helping NPWH create an archive within the organization, please reach out to me at I am very interested in honoring you in this unique way and preserving your story. We will have a dedicated webpage to share these stories with the community.

In honor of Black History Month, I've made our CE "EQUITY in the Opportunity to Survive the First Year of Life...A Dream Deferred" free until March 5. Click here to watch this outstanding presentation by Dr. Arthur James on racial disparities and infant mortality.

I would also like to highlight the following resources that are available to you:

With kind regards and in good health,
Heather L. Maurer, CAE, MA
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)
Nursing Collaborative on Environment and Maternal-Child and Women's Health
Fifteen national nursing organizations, led by NPWH and the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments, have launched the Nursing Collaborative on Environment and Maternal-Child and Women's Health. This Collaborative will lead a focused effort to combat the environmental factors contributing to compromised reproductive health, poor pregnancy outcomes, and worsening cardiovascular respiratory disease in women. Click here to learn more. 

Our kickoff meeting on February 3, 2021, included a presentation from Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's (IL-14) office on upcoming legislative efforts to reduce maternal mortality, including the Momnibus (see below).
Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021
NPWH is proud to endorse the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, a historic legislative package unveiled this month by Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus.
The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 (Momnibus) will build on existing maternal health legislation, like policies to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage, with 12 bills to comprehensively address every dimension of America’s maternal health crisis. The Momnibus makes investments in social determinants of health, community-based organizations, the growth and diversification of the perinatal workforce, improvements in data collection, and support for moms and babies exposed to climate change-related risks. In addition to direct efforts to improve Black maternal health outcomes, the Momnibus focuses on high-risk populations, including veterans, incarcerated people, Native Americans, and other women and birthing people of color.
To learn more about the Momnibus, click here.
Two New CE Series on Endometriosis and
Cervical Cancer
We've recently launched two new audio-only CE series! These free series are easy to listen to anywhere (with an internet connection), making it easy to learn on the go.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Achieving the Best Protection for Your Patients

Optimum Management for Patients with Symptoms Characteristic of Endometriosis in Your Practice
  • Case One
  • Cases two and three will be posted soon!
Upcoming NPWH Virtual Events
NPWH is planning the following virtual events for 2021. Save the dates, and stay tuned to our website for more information as it becomes available.

June 4: Essentials of Female Sexual Health

September 10-11: Genetic Risk Assessment Course for Advance Practice Providers

September 12: Advanced Breast Cancer Assessment Workshop

October 13-16: 24th Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Virtual Conference.
The abstract submission period for the conference is open! To submit your clinical or research project, click here. The deadline to submit is March 21.
News and Resources
COVID-19 Updates
  • A new CDC study says double masking can reduce exposure to COVID-19 particles by 95 percent.

  • The de Beaumont Foundation released "The Language of Vaccine Acceptance," a toolkit and infographic detailing how to tailor the message of vaccine acceptance towards those most likely to get the vaccine.

February is American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Here are some resources you can share with your patients throughout February and beyond.
Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Options: Deadline Feb. 25
The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program, run by HRSA, has allocated up to $5 million for applicants working in women’s health, including WHNPs. Applicants can earn up to 85% of unpaid nursing education debt by committing to working at least two years at a Critical Shortage Facility. Our Director of Policy, Susan Kendig JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, recently participated in a webinar explaining more about these opportunities.
Learn more about these opportunities and apply here. The deadline to apply is February 25.
What the Science Teaches Us About Climate Change
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments released the Nurses’ Guide to What the Science Teaches Us about Common Solutions to Climate Change and Family Health Problems. Learn why nurses are calling on all our policymakers to join us in taking strong action now to address climate change and improve our families’ and community health!
Nurses Drawdown
Even with COVID, there are many things we can do to build up hope and coming together for a cause such as climate change action! Nurses Drawdown’s mission is to promote evidence-based actions to improve the health of individuals, communities, and take actions in five key areas to help mitigate climate change. The five key areas of focus include energy, gender equality, food, mobility, and nature. Gather up three of your nursing colleagues and spread the word of Nurses Drawdown. Join here