Committee Nomination

Nominate a New Women’s Preventive Services Initiative Member

This page contains all the information you need to nominate a candidate or candidates to serve as a member of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). Nominated individuals will be selected for the WPSI on the basis of their qualifications (in particular, those that address the required qualifications outlined below) and the current expertise needs of the WPSI. The WPSI will retain and may consider nominations that are received but not selected for future vacancies.

The WPSI consists of two committees: the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee (MSC), and the Implementation Steering Committee (ISC). The MSC develops clinical recommendations that are submitted to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for consideration of support. The ISC supports the work of the MSC by working to develop implementation tools and resources complimentary to the recommendations developed by the MSC.

Please read the information below carefully before downloading and completing a nomination form.

Who can nominate a WPSI committee member?

Interested individuals can seek nomination through their professional organization. All nominations must come from the Executive Leadership (CEO, President, etc) of a professional organization, with the understanding that the nominated member will be speaking and voting on behalf of the organization. Organizations may nominate one or more persons qualified for committee membership on the WPSI. Patient representatives can self-nominate.

How long does WPSI committee membership last?

The WPSI Steering Committees are composed of members appointed by the WPSI Advisory Panel, and serve a 1-year term. All current members must be re-nominated every year to be considered for membership. The term begins on March 1 of the calendar year, and ends on February 28th of the following year.

What are WPSI committee member responsibilities?
Multidisciplinary Steering Committee (MSC)

WPSI MSC members meet three times a year for 2 days, typically at the ACOG headquarters in Washington, DC. A significant portion of the MSC work occurs between meetings during conference calls and via email discussions. Member duties include prioritizing topics, reviewing and commenting on systematic evidence reviews, discussing and making recommendations on preventive services, reviewing public comments, drafting final recommendation documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can expect frequent emails, to participate in conference calls each month, and to vote in a timely manner. WPSI estimates that MSC members devote approximately 30 hours a year outside of in-person meetings to their WPSI duties. All members are volunteers.

Implementation Steering Committee (ISC)

WPSI ISC members meet 1-2 times a year for 1 day, typically at the ACOG headquarters in Washington, DC. A significant portion of the ISC work occurs between meetings during conference calls and via email discussions. Member duties include prioritizing topics, reviewing and commenting on implementation tools and strategies, drafting final documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can expect frequent emails, prompt review of draft materials, participation in monthly conference calls, and to assist in the dissemination of implementation materials. WPSI estimates that ISC members devote approximately 40 hours a year outside of in-person meetings to their WPSI duties. All members are volunteers.

What qualifications does a WPSI candidate need?
Multidisciplinary Steering Committee (MSC)

Qualified applicants will demonstrate experience and skills in the following areas:

  • The critical evaluation of research published in peer reviewed literature and in the methods of evidence review.
  • Clinical preventive health care, health promotion, and primary health care.
  • Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice, including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and health system level.

Other qualifications given strong consideration are expertise in methodological issues, such as meta-analysis, analytic modeling, or clinical epidemiology.

Implementation Steering Committee (ISC)

Qualified applicants will demonstrate experience and skills in the following areas

  • Women’s preventive health care
  • Implementation science and familiarity with implementing clinical recommendations into practice
  • Public and community health
  • Health equity and the reduction of health disparities
  • Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences, including health care professionals, policymakers, and the general public
Other qualifications

All applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether financial, professional, or intellectual and must be willing to complete regular conflict of interest disclosures.

Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the WPSI. Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the work products of the WPSI.

What must a nomination include?

Nominations must be submitted by the executive leadership of an organizations, with the exception of applications for individuals who wish to serve as patient representatives. For all applicants, a completed nomination form and the nominees curriculum vitae must be submitted via email to: wpsi@acog.org with the subject line: Committee Nomination. 

The WPSI will later ask persons under consideration for committee membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation of conflicts of interest disclosures. Such information will concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts.  All conflicts of interest disclosures are subject to approval by the WPSI Advisory Panel.

What are the deadlines for submitting nominations?

All nominations submitted via email will be considered for appointment to the WPSI. Nominations must be received by December 1st of a given year to be considered for an appointment that will begin in March 1st of the following year.

Where should I send a nomination?

Submit your nominations via email to:

wpsi@acog.org

Where can I go for further information?

For further information, contact WPSI staff at: wpsi@acog.org

*The WPSI does not reply to individual nominations, but considers all nominations in selecting members. *