The Executive Desk: We're About Saving Lives

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

With the future of health insurance unclear, it is more important than ever to look at the ways we, as women’s health care providers, can make an impact and improve the lives of women in the US and abroad.

In his latest blog postnew ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, MD, FACOG, reminds us of the value of contraception as a preventive care tool. The US Department of Health and Human Services is expected to roll back the Affordable Care Act landmark rule guaranteeing women’s access to contraception at no cost—a political move that greatly reduces women's access in rural and impoverished communities to this important service. See what ACOG is doing on Capitol Hill to take a stand on this matter.

If you would like to get involved in the discussion of health insurance, consider reading this month’s Decoding Health Care. The article “decodes” words and phrases commonly used in health care discussions so you can better understand their meaning and subtext.

ACOG is also taking strides to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity through new and expanding programs. In response to the rising US maternal mortality rate, the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is working to help every hospital in the US to have access to maternal safety measures. Using evidence-based strategies and open-access maternal safety bundles, AIM works directly with hospital staff to implement important safeguards. The program, of which ACOG is a core partner, also works directly with ACOG districts and sections. Find out how you can get involved.

The ACOG Community-Driven National Fetal-Infant Mortality Review Program is another example of how ACOG is working on the front lines to save the lives of women and their babies.

If you’re interested in making your mark on women’s health at the global level, I strongly recommend you read Health Volunteer Opportunities in Uganda and Vietnam. Volunteers in this program work to empower local health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities.

In addition to getting involved in these vital programs, it’s important we take care of ourselves, too. Read about SoFi, a new member benefit to help with your student loans. And, as always, get a quick review of ACOG’s latest clinical guidance in Practice Updates for June/July.

In closing, I urge all of you to consider recognizing the mentors who are so important in shaping the doctors we become. Learn about a new way you can Honor the Mentors Who’ve Made an Impact on You through ACOG.

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