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Best Practices in Women’s Health: Focus on American Indian/Alaska Native Women

August 4-6, 2019 | Oklahoma City, OK 

 

Best Practices in Women’s Health: Focus on American Indian/Alaska Native Women is a multidisciplinary course that provides practical, evidence-based approaches to the recognition, management, consultation and referral of health problems facing AI/AN women. The course is designed for IHS, Tribal and Urban (I/T/U) providers and nurses. Physicians, clinical nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of lectures and interactive workshops with a focus on behavioral health issues and common women’s health conditions. Courses are taught by a faculty that has expertise in providing health care to women and children in I/T/U health care facilities.

 

Registrations will be open soon!


 

6th International Indigenous Women's Health Meeting: Traditional, Holistic, & Evidence-Informed Approaches to Care

February 18-21, 2020 | Albuquerque, NM

 

In partnership with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), this biennial conference includes sessions on women's health updates and traditional, cultural social determinates of health.

 


 

2019 Phoenix Area Site Visits

The committee completed its site visit to the Phoenix Area of the Indian Health Service (IHS) February 4th followed by a committee meeting on the 5th and 6th. Teams included committee members, Indian Health Service (IHS) liaisons, and members of AAP’s Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH). Team leaders and staff are currently working on final reports and recommendations to the four sites visited as well as Area wide recommendations to the IHS.

 

The committee will be visiting the Oklahoma City Area in 2020.

 


 

Rural Maternal Safety

The multidisciplinary Rural Maternal Safety working group met on August 4, 2014 to develop recommendations for ensuring safety in low birth volume facilities. Recommendations to the Indian Health Service (IHS) based upon the extensive breadth and depth of the experience of the nationally recognized participants in the provision of skilled maternity and newborn care in rural and remote settings were developed. Click here for the AI/AN Committee's document on Rural Maternal Safety.


 

Continuing Advocacy

Committee Opinion 515, “Health Care for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women” Full Text.

“Sixty percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women live in metropolitan areas. Most are not eligible for health care provided by the federal Indian Health Service (IHS)…compared with other urban populations, urban American Indian and Alaska Native women have higher rates of teenaged pregnancy, late or no prenatal care, and alcohol and tobacco use in pregnancy. Their infants have higher rates of preterm birth, mortality, and sudden infant death syndrome than infants in the general population…the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourages Fellows to be aware of the risk profile of their urban American Indian and Alaska Native patients and understand that they often are not eligible for IHS coverage and may need assistance in gaining access to other forms of coverage. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends that Fellows encourage their federal legislators to support adequate funding for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, permanently authorized as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”


 

TEVA Grant and LARC Trainings

In 2014, the AI/AN Women’s Health Program received grant funding from Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to provide evidence based, hands-on training in the provision of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) to women’s health providers practicing in Indian Health and Tribal sites. Unintended pregnancy is a significant health concern in the U.S, and women of color and low socioeconomic status experience higher rates of unintended pregnancy, birth and abortion. LARC methods are the most effective reversible contraceptive methods and have the potential to reduce unintended pregnancies, but adequate clinician training has proven to be a barrier in providing Native women with LARC options. The AI/AN Women’s Health program used the TEVA funding to perform needs assessments and determined the availability of LARCs in the Indian Health Service and tribal sites in the Alaska and Great Plains Areas. Once these assessments were recorded, training programs and hands-on workshops were designed and implemented by expert faculty and trainers for interested clinicians. Follow ups and evaluations of recently trained LARC clinicians were conducted to ensure competency.

 

 

Contact:

Yvonne Malloy
Native American Health Programs
ymalloy@acog.org

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