GirlSmarts Website, Interconception Care Project Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Ob-Gyn
May 6, 2012
San Diego, CA -- Today The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) bestowed its 2012 Council of District Chairs (CDC) Section Recognition Awards to ACOG’s Oklahoma Section and District IX (California). The Oklahoma Section (District VII) won for its development of the GirlSmarts website, while District IX won for its Interconception Care Project in California.
The CDC Section Recognition Award is given to the ACOG section or district that has contributed most to the field of ob-gyn during the preceding year. The two winners were presented with award certificates on Sunday, May 6, at the Congress Advisory Council Meeting, in addition to a $5,000 award each for District IX and the Oklahoma Section.
GirlSmarts website—Oklahoma Section
Launched in early 2011, the GirlSmarts website is an interactive resource that aims to decrease risk-taking behaviors in female adolescents by increasing their awareness and knowledge of important health issues. GirlSmarts addresses pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; eating disorders; and internet safety and date rape.
“So often, half the battle is just initiating these conversations,” said Rupa K. DeSilva, MD, Oklahoma Section chair. “The interactive cases on the website help teens understand what types of difficult decisions they have to make and consequences they have to face if they engage in high-risk behaviors.” Dr. DeSilva hopes educators in Oklahoma will use GirlSmarts in their curriculum to open a dialogue with teens on making healthy lifestyle choices. Teens, parents, and physicians can find the GirlSmarts website at girlsmarts.org. Hear more with Dr. DeSilva.
Interconception Care Project—District IX (California)
The goal of the Interconception Care Project (ICPC) is to promote and improve a woman’s health between pregnancies by optimizing the postpartum visit. The ICPC advisory committee—including District IX Fellows and other health experts—developed evidence-based postpartum screening scenarios and companion patient education materials for physician use. The ICPC resources focus on the 21 most common pregnancy and delivery complications identified from California hospital discharge data. By addressing issues such as postpartum depression, alcohol and substance use and abuse, obesity, and prematurity, the ICPC intends to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in California.
“As a physician, the ICPC algorithms and patient resources have enhanced the value of my postpartum visits,” said Laurie C. Gregg, MD, District IX chair. “While the social enjoyment of the postpartum visit remains, the additional ICPC information given to patients at that time serves to make their next pregnancy as successful as possible.”
Physicians can download all ICPC resources and patient handouts free of charge at everywomancalifornia.org.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 56,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org