WPSI Structure

Advisory Panel

WPSI will be overseen by an Advisory Panel comprised of representatives from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and three other major professional organizations representing the majority of women’s health care providers, including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP), and National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). In addition, two individuals who were members of the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Committee on Preventive Services for Women serve as Advisory Panel members. The Advisory Panel will guide the work of the WPSI and ensure that the initiative delivers a consistent message.

* Advisory Panel and Multidisciplinary Steering Committee participation in WPSI does not constitute organizational endorsement of the recommendations. *

Multidisciplinary Steering Committee

Development of recommendations for women’s preventive health care services will be driven by a Multidisciplinary Steering Committee consisting of a broad coalition of women’s health care providers to who will collaborate in the development and implementation of these recommendations.

Nominations for the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee (MSC) were solicited from national health professional organizations with a demonstrated commitment to promoting consistent, high-quality preventive health care services for women across the lifespan. Preference was given to nominees who have methodological expertise and/or a strong understanding of the elements of evidence-based medicine. Nominated representatives were asked to serve for one year, with reappointment considered annually through the reapplication process.

Members of the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee are responsible for the following activities:

  • Consider evidence reviews prepared by the EPC and draft updates to the current Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-sponsored recommendations for women’s preventive services
  • Act as a clinical content review body during the review process, providing editorial guidance as needed — this includes reviewing and incorporating relevant comments received from the public and federal partners during external review
  • Support the dissemination and promotion of the updated guidelines to providers, patients, and/or consumer advocates within the networks of the organization that they are representing
  • Select topics for future recommendation development and confirm key questions to be included in the literature searches conducted by the EPC
  • Routinely review HRSA’s current guidelines for women’s preventive services and assess their continued relevance and accuracy
MSC Participating Organizations for 2016 include:
  • Academy of Women’s Health
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Cancer Society
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • National Medical Association
  • National Partnership for Women and Families
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Patient Representative

* Advisory Panel and Multidisciplinary Steering Committee participation in WPSI does not constitute organizational endorsement of the recommendations. *

Implementation Steering Committee

WPSI plans to launch an Implementation Steering Committee beginning March 2017.  More details will be posted when available.  Please sign up for the WPSI listserv to receive WPSI updates.