SARAH VERBIEST

Looking Forward , Sarah Verbiest, founder of Every Woman Southeast, reflects on the new year and what it holds.

It is hard to believe that the holidays are upon us! Where has the year gone? In true New Year’s Resolution style, a group of about 40 professionals from across the country convened in New Orleans for a one day meeting to set plans for preconception health for 2012. The focus of the meeting was to bring together leadership from the five different national workgroups – consumers, public health, policy/advocacy, health care professionals, and research/surveillance – to review the progress of the national campaign to date, think about issues that cut across the workgroups and to plan for the upcoming year. It was very encouraging to look at all the work that has taken place over the years – most of it completed through the work of volunteers with very limited fiscal resources. We will be posting a slide presentation that summarizes the campaign to date on our website along with meeting proceedings as soon as they are released. I think that everyone left inspired and focused – a great way to end the year. Are you interested in serving on a national workgroup? If so, please let us know!

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