Gibbs Leadership Prize Announcement: Best Manuscript of 2012
The Editorial Board of Women’s Health Issues is pleased to announce that the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women's Health Issues in 2012 (Volume 22) has been awarded to Nathan L. Hale, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Hale’s manuscript, “Postpartum Screening for Diabetes among Medicaid-Eligible South Carolina Women with Gestational Diabetes,” was co-authored by Janice C. Probst, PhD, Jihong Liu, ScD, Amy Brock Martin, DrPH, Kevin J. Bennett, PhD, and Saundra Glover, PhD. The manuscript was published in Women's Health Issues Volume 22, Issue 2 (March/April 2012), pages e163–e169.
The Editorial Board also designated three excellent manuscripts in 2012 to receive “Honorable Mention:”
“Comparison of Labor and Delivery Care Provided by Certified Nurse-Midwives and Physicians: A Systematic Review, 1990 to 2008,” by Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, Lily Fountain, MS, CNM, RN, George Zangaro, PhD, RN, Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS, FAAN, and Kathleen White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Published in Volume 22, Issue 1 (January/February), pages e73–e81.
“Attempts at Weight Loss in U.S. Women with and without a History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus,” by Jodie Katon, PhD, Charles Maynard, PhD, and Gayle Reiber, PhD. Published in Volume 22, Issue 5 (September/October), pages e447–e453.
“National Trends in Health Insurance Coverage of Pregnant and Reproductive-Age Women, 2000 to 2009,” by Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Jean M. Abraham, PhD, and Beth A. Virnig, PhD, MPH. Published in Volume 22, Issue 2 (March/April 2012), pages e135–e141.
For more information and to download free PDFs of these 4 manuscripts, please click here.
Dr. Susan Wood, Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, Comments on Recent Court Ruling on Plan B Emergency Contraception
April 5, 2013: A federal judge today ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift restrictions on access to the morning after pill, a move that will make it easier for women to obtain emergency contraceptive pills that can prevent unintended pregnancies. The U.S. District Court Judge ordered the FDA to make emergency contraceptive pills available over the counter and without point-of-sale restrictions, according to Susan F. Wood, PhD, associate professor of health policy and the Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS).
“For too many years women have not had timely access to over-the-counter emergency contraception and have had to find an open pharmacy and show a government-issued ID—regardless of their age,” said Wood, who formerly served as the Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the FDA. “Hopefully, the FDA can now act on the scientific evidence that shows that timely access to emergency contraceptives can help prevent unintended pregnancies. This ruling will benefit millions of women and will benefit the FDA.”
The judge's ruling supports the FDA's decision that was overruled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in December 2011, Wood adds.
Dr. Susan Wood is available to talk about the decision and the impact that it will have on women’s health. To arrange an interview, please contact Kathy Fackelmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-8354 or 202-309-5291.
Women’s Health Must be a Priority for States as They Set Up Health Exchange Marketplaces, New Report Says
Mar 05, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Women’s issues play a major role in the health of the nation and should be a key consideration for policymakers as they design and set up the new insurance exchanges, according to a report co-authored by policy experts at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). The report offers a checklist for the state-based health insurance exchanges, one that will help ensure that women, children and family members can get the services they need to prevent costly and debilitating medical problems.
“Women often use a greater range of health services over a lifetime; they may also shoulder higher annual medical costs and often act as coordinators of health care for entire families,” said co-author Susan F. Wood, PhD, who is the executive director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health and a professor of health policy at SPHHS. “This report identifies some of the major issues that states will need to consider if they are to provide the kinds of services that can keep millions of American women and their families healthy.”
The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, at SPHHS, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital all worked together to produce the report: Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges.
This report and checklist includes resources from a wide range of organizations that focus on the implementation of health care reform, which can be found at a new website: www.womenandhealthreform.org.
The report notes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established online marketplaces where women can comparison shop for health insurance plans. Some states, like Massachusetts, have well-established exchanges already in place but many others are scrambling to set them up now, Wood said. Under the ACA, women will have greater access to health insurance and to no-cost preventive services that can keep them healthy--such as mammograms and other screening tests that can detect cancer and other chronic diseases at an early, more treatable stage.
This report, and the checklist, can help states fashion insurance exchanges that will best meet the needs of millions of American women. According to the report, state officials should consider:
Designing benefits packages that include a range of essential health services that are required for women to maintain good health. The report says all women should have access to maternity and newborn care, access to family planning services, chronic illness management, mental health services, emergency medical care and other types of services.
Defining the type of health care facility that will be included in networks so that women can get crucial health care, such as maternity care at free-standing birth centers.
Educating women about the enrollment, scope of benefits, out of pocket charges and exemptions. Women often help other family members enroll in health plans and obtain health services.
Ensuring affordable coverage by offering very clear explanations of the out-of-pocket costs. States that pay close attention to transparency will help women budget for health care, especially if they are caring for multiple family members—and picking up the tab for an entire family.
Measuring and reporting the impact and outcome of health reform on women’s health and access to care. Better data will help states assess how well they are doing when it comes to keeping all women healthy.
Visit www.womenandhealthreform.org for more info and to download the full report.
June 13, 2012
Updated Editorial Scope and Author Instructions for Women's Health Issues
The Editors and Editorial Board of Women's Health Issues have updated the editorial scope of the journal, as well as the Instructions for Authors. We now require that all full-length manuscripts include a section entitled, "Implications for Practice and/or Policy." This section should address what practical lessons practitioners and/or policymakers can learn from the authors' work and potentially implement to improve women's health outcomes. Our updated Editorial Scope is:
Women's Health Issues is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes original research on women's health care and policy.
The journal has a particular focus on women's issues in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes, although it invites submissions addressing women's health care issues in global context if relevant to North American readers. As the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, it builds on a history of valuing methodologically rigorous investigation as a basis for improving the quality of health care for women and the health of women across the lifespan.
The journal seeks to inform health services researchers, social scientists, health care and public health professionals, and policymakers and to engage readers in the perspectives of multiple disciplines relevant to the study of women's health.
Please note that we do not accept for review clinical case reports or standard literature reviews. Systematic literature reviews that include data syntheses (rather than just summaries of published work), and translational and implementation research studies are welcome.
Please visit http://www.jiwh.org/content.cfm?sectionid=165 for the full Author Instructions.
May 23, 2012
Gibbs Leadership Prize Announcement: Best Manuscript of 2011
The Editorial Board of Women’s Health Issues is pleased to announce that the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women's Health Issues in 2011 (Volume 21) has been awarded to Jacqueline L. Angel, PhD, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Angel’s Policy Matters manuscript, “A Window of Vulnerability: Health Insurance Coverage Among Women 55 to 64 Years of Age,” was co-authored with her colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin, Jennifer Karas Montez, MS, MA, and Ronald J. Angel, PhD. The manuscript was published in Women's Health Issues Volume 21, Issue 1 (January/February 2011), pages 6-11.
The Editorial Board also designated two excellent manuscripts to receive “Honorable Mention:”
Increasing Discussions of Intimate Partner Violence in Prenatal Care Using Video Doctor Plus Provider Cueing: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, written by Janice Humphreys, PhD, RN, NP, Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD, Michael A. Kohn, MD, MPP, and Barbara Gerbert, PhD. Published in Volume 21, Issue 2 (March/April 2011), pages 136-144.
The New Health Care Law: How Will Women Near Retirement Fare? written by Kate C. Prickett, MP Aff, and Jacqueline L. Angel, PhD. Published in Volume 21, Issue 5 (September/October 2011), pages 331-337.
For more information and to download free copies of these manuscripts, please visit The Gibbs Leadership Prize.
November 30, 2011
New! 2011 Update Now Available
FREE Professional Education Materials
About Women’s Heart Disease
From The Heart Truth® Campaign
Get the latest evidence-based information on women and heart disease from a project led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, with assistance from the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health. These slide sets, videos, and Medscape CME modules were developed by a team of women’s health and cardiology experts. Materials have been updated to reflect the new 2011 American Heart Association evidence-based guidelines for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease among women. Updated CME/CE modules from Medscape are also now available at:
New topics for 2011:
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women for OB/GYNs and other Reproductive Health Professionals- Slide set which reflects current guidelines for the prevention of heart disease in women, emphasizing reproductive health professionals' unique opportunity to evaluate and manage cardiovascular risk in women and to incorporate cardiovascular disease prevention into routine care of women.
Brief Interventions for Behavior Change for Women at Risk for Heart Disease (Recommended for all health professionals)- Slide set with videos which illustrates a one-hour lecture about current guidelines for the prevention of heart disease in women with a focus on strategies to assist patients in adopting healthier behaviors – includes motivational interviewing approaches.
Also available are updated case-based CME/CE modules on Medscape - http://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-truth/cme-ceu/