Jacki Witt, clinical associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been elected to a chair-elect position by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
NPWH is a membership organization with 2,500 active members and produces an e-newsletter, an online journal, information on professional issues affecting women’s health nurse practitioners, continuing education and an annual conference.
The mission of NPWH is to ensure quality primary and specialty healthcare to women of all ages by women’s health nurse practitioners. It includes protecting and promoting a woman’s right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural and family beliefs.
Witt, who also serves as project director for the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning based at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, will serve as chair-elect from 2014 to 2016 and chair from 2016 to 2018.
“Jacki’s professional background has allowed her to develop expertise in administration, education and policy development,” said Ann Cary, dean of the school. “A leadership position in NPWH will provide her with the ability to contribute significantly to an organization that has the potential for even greater visibility as we move into a transformational era in healthcare.”
Witt said she is committed to continuing the work of NPWH as a leader in health care policy, clinical excellence in women’s health and advanced practice nursing role development within the realities of tremendous healthcare system changes that the U.S. is experiencing.
“I believe women’s health nurse practitioners can make significant contributions in the rapidly changing healthcare policy arena as well as in interprofessional, science-based collaboratives charged with improving women’s health and quality of life,” Witt said.
Also this month, Witt was named co-director on a $7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish the school as a national HIV-prevention resource center.