District III has won a Council of District Chairs Service Recognition Award for the OBesity Project, an educational collaboration with the Pennsylvania Section. The award is given to an ACOG district or section in recognition of an outstanding activity it has contributed to the field of ob-gyn.
Obesity has been recognized as a major public health issue for the present and future in the US. It affects women more than men and may have a significant negative impact on women across the spectrum of their lives. Physicians understand the risks associated with obesity as relates it to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. The OBesity Project attempts to survey the impact of obesity on the various aspects of practice in ob-gyn.
The project, led by the Pennsylvania Section, is a collaboration of 10 physicians from various practice settings and disciplines of ob-gyn, including two generalists, two gynecologic oncologists, two reproductive endocrinologists, three maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and one urogynecologist.
The OBesity Project has three components. Part I provides information on the effect of obesity on pregnancy, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, and contraceptive issues. Parts II and III are being developed and will discuss programs and options for addressing the management of obesity for women.
The purpose of this educational project is to give practicing ob-gyns, residents, and medical students information about obesity and its effect on women. The project may also be used to provide valuable information to patients about this important issue, which may affect their health and well-being.
District IV also won a CDC Service Recognition Award this year for its Perinatal Mortality Data Project. ACOG recognizes the hard work and determination of all the districts and sections nominated for the award:
- District I: Massachusetts Section, Perinatal Quality Collaborative
- District II: Rochester Gynecology Clinic for Women with Special Needs
- District V: Kentucky Section, Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait
- District VI: Mentorship Program
- District VIII: Nevada Section, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Project
- District IX: Speakers Bureau Project
- Armed Forces District: Air Force Section, Obstetric Quality Initiative
More information on all these submissions is available on the ACOG District and Section Activities website.