As RHAP continues to grow as an organization, so do our values, mission, and the scope of our work. One of RHAP’s values is the belief that everyone should be able to receive reproductive health care—including abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care—safely, easily, affordably, with dignity, and without judgment. To this end, we introduced the Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) Cluster of the Reproductive Health Access Network in the summer of 2020. We know that nurses and advanced practice clinicians — including nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants — play essential roles in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, and are vital to the provision of comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion care.
This is why we saw the need to prioritize nursing and APC learners when building out our continuing education (CE) curricula. Last year, we expanded the accreditation of our medication abortion workshop to provide 2.0 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits in addition to the 2.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits available. We held our first CNE- and CME-accredited workshop in November of 2020.
This month, we are thrilled to announce that our workshop on early pregnancy loss care will also offer CNE accreditation. This is an important step in deepening our work to support all clinicians who are interested in advancing their clinical skills to provide full-spectrum reproductive health care, and is especially valuable in places where restrictive legislation limits APCs from providing abortion care, even though we know this to be fully within their scope as providers. We look forward to strengthening our work with APCs, providing skill-building opportunities to all primary care clinicians, and continuing to uplift the essential role that all clinicians play in expanding and protecting access to reproductive health care. We are also planning on introducing two new CME and CNE accredited workshops on Gender-affirming Reproductive Health Care and Reproductive Health Care for People with Disabilities, as we strive to include and reflect the voices of different communities, identities, and experiences in our programs.
The Illinois Cluster will present RHAP’s first CNE-accredited early pregnancy loss workshop on Tuesday, November 16th. If you are interested in earning free CNE or CME and learning more about the provision of early pregnancy loss care, RSVP here.
If you are interested in earning free CNE or CME and learning more about the provision of medication abortion care, RSVP to the New York Cluster meeting on Wednesday, November 17th here.
If you are interested in hosting a free RHAP CE workshop on medication abortion, early pregnancy loss, or telehealth for reproductive health care, reach out to our Network team. And, if you’d like to work with RHAP to suggest or develop new CE workshops, please reach out to Silpa, our Director of Programs and Evaluation.