American Academy of Physician Assistants

Health Experts Update Women’s Preventative Services Guidelines

Dec. 20, 2016

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) is proud to endorse of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s (ACOG) “Women’s Preventive Services Initiative” (WPSI), a comprehensive collection of the most up-to-date preventive healthcare services for women. The new guidelines address a number of health issues and concerns including contraceptive care and prevention education and risk assessment for HIV. Additionally the guidelines address new breast cancer screening recommendations which now call for average-risk women to begin screening at age 40, and recommend receiving a mammogram every one to two years.

The guidelines were developed by a broad coalition of national health professionals and organized by ACOG with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). AAPA was represented on the WPSI’s multidisciplinary steering committee by Annamarie F. Streilein, MHS, PA-C from Duke University who also collaborated on developing the clinical recommendations.

ACOG, HRSA, AAPA and other interdisciplinary partners developed the WPSI with the goal of improving the health and well-being of women across the nation.