Rice publishes AGOS call to action in Gray Journal

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UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD, is president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society​ this year, only the fifth female president in the organization’s 100-year-plus history. As president, she published an excellent summary of the organization’s strategic plan in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society – Reinvigorating for the 21st Century” positions AGOS as a uniquely unifying organization across subspecialties in ob-gyn, one with the potential to “speak with a single, unified voice for the reproductive health of women, training in obstetrics and gynecology, and research in the reproductive sciences.

“In the past year, AGOS developed a strategic plan to reinvigorate the organization for the 21st century.2 Why now? The answer is simple. The changing landscape of women’s health demands that those of us committed to women’s health develop new approaches to our work. That changing landscape includes, and is not limited to, the following challenges: 1) increasing maternal severe morbidity and mortality; 2) increasing prematurity rates; 3) reduced access to women’s health care services—in particular, access to contraception and abortion services—for all women, but especially those of low socioeconomic status; 4) increasing behavioral health issues such as depression and domestic violence; 5) disproportionate decrease in funding for women’s health research; and 6) high rates of disparities in all of these domains. If this does not represent a call to action, what does?...AGOS is ideally positioned to lead the coordinated effort required to address the serious challenges facing women’s reproductive health.”

Read the rest of the article and learn about AGOS’s new vision here. Congratulations, Dr. Rice!