The clinical workgroup is focused on integrating preconception health into practice across the nation, focusing on opportunistic care as well as annual visits for an every woman, every time approach. This challenging work takes on educating clinicians about the importance of preconception care and its components as well as fostering connections between clinics and communities to increase the likelihood that advice given by clinicians is acted upon by patients.
In 2016 this workgroup published a seminal manuscript offering guidelines for clinics and health systems to use to assess the preconception wellness of the women they serve. We continue to look for partners and clinics who would be willing to collect and review these measures and share how they’ve adapted their practice to address gaps. Recommendations for Health Systems to Measure and Index Preconception Wellness, Obstetrics & Gynecology (May 2016)
Members are always seeking ways to elevate preconception wellness among professional associations and practices. As such, we are pleased to share the release of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ position paper on preconception care. Read: AAFP Preconception Care (Position Paper), American Academy of Family Physicians (December 2015)
Currently, funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation paired with leadership from Dr. Dan Frayne, Maggie Adams and the Mountain Area Health Education Center, is supporting a preconception health system learning collaborative. This group is working to develop core elements and a framework to guide leaders in integration preconception health across systems. The group met in December 2016 to develop consensus suggestions with the goal of publishing a white paper early in 2017. The learning collaborative has wrapped up, but the partners have been integrated into the clinical workgroup so the work is continuing. If you are interested in joining please contact Dan.Frayne@mahec.net.
The workgroup is also reviewing the content of the Preconception Clinical Resource Guide on this website and considering modifications and restructuring. Interested in being part of that discussion? Please contact Dan!
Health Systems Collaborative Webinars
Click to view the past Health Systems Collaborative webinars.
Well Woman Visits
Learn more about what PCHHC is doing to benchmark and improve well visits across the country.
Click read: Well-Woman Visit – (ACOG Committee Opinion #534, August 2012)