Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI)


ACOG is leading an effort in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) to improve the well-being of women across the country by updating recommendations to the 2011 IOM Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines and developing new recommendations.

Through a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ACOG launched the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). The goal of WPSI is to engage a coalition of national health professional organizations and consumer and patient advocates with expertise in women’s health across the lifespan to develop, review, update and disseminate recommendations for women’s preventive healthcare services. 

In 2016, the WPSI Multidisciplinary Steering Committee (MSC) was charged with updating eight IOM recommendations:

  • Breastfeeding services and supplies
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Contraception 
  • Counseling for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Screening for interpersonal and domestic violence
  • Well-woman preventive visits

Additional recommendations have been developed since the eight IOM recommendations were updated:

  • Breast cancer screening for average-risk women
  • Screening for diabetes mellitus after pregnancy 
  • Screening for urinary incontinence 

Recommendations for Well-Woman Care – A Well-Woman Chart is the latest resource developed by the WPSI that summarizes age-based preventive service recommendations for women. The intent of the Well-Woman Chart is to provide a framework for incorporating preventive health services for women into clinical practice.   

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