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WOCN Attends Bladder Health Roundtable Meeting
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WOCN Attends Bladder Health Roundtable Meeting

Donna Thompson MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CCCN-AP, Nurse Practitioner, Division of Urogynecology, University of Pennsylvania Health System represented WOCN at the AUA/UCF Bladder Health Alliance Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC in early October.  The meeting is held annually in an effort to promote bladder health advocacy.

The meeting was attended by more than 25 patient, physician, and research advocacy organizations to discuss bladder health issues including new bladder health research programs taking place at the National Institutes of Health; and how to collaboratively promote policies that reduce the stigma associated with bladder health conditions.  Further discussions focused on how advocates can become engaged with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to promote patient centered approaches to improve bladder health. The following is a complete list of presenters from the meeting:

  • Tamara G. Bavendam MD, MS: National Institutes of Health: Innovation in LUTS Clinical Research Networks
  • Jeni Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH: Bathroom Policies and Bladder Health Education: Qualitative and community-based insights on knowledge, perceptions and benefits
  • Pamela Artigas, Association for the Bladder Extrophy Community: Helping Children with Bladder Exstrophy Navigate Continence Care at School
  • Alexandra Bennewith, MPA, United Spinal: Bathroom Policies and Bladder Health Education
  • Taylor Titus, AUA: Communications for Bladder Health Month
  • Melissa Kramer, Live UTI Free: Search Optimization for Patient Advocacy Sites
  • Kim Bailey, PCORI: What is patient-centered research? An introduction to PCORI


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