I am delighted to extend this invitation to attend our next biennial NASPOG conference in April 2022 in my home town of Ann Arbor, a vibrant college town in southeastern Michigan. Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has much to offer, and has been rated among the top life quality cities in the US. The Ann Arbor scene is rich with art, restaurants, and beautiful public spaces, and I am confident will offer a wonderful backdrop as we gather again as a community in 2022 to serve to reconnect, recharge, learn and collaborate following the many months of social distancing. We all wish and hope that April 2022 will allow for in-person meeting, and are planning accordingly!
The mission of NASPOG is to promote the study and clinical application of the neurobiological and psychosocial aspects of women’s health and well-being across the life span. Every two years, NASPOG conducts a meeting as a forum for scientific and clinical discussion with oral presentations, poster sessions, symposia, roundtable discussions and invited speakers. NASPOG’s members comprise a wide range of professionals and trainees from obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, psychology, behavioral science, public policy, sociology, nursing, social work, public health and law.
This year’s conference, No Woman Forgotten: Science and Equitable Health Care for Women across the Life Span, held in-person at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will provide a forum for all practitioners and scientists working in the field of women’s reproductive health to come together and exchange their scientific and applied work. With this knowledge, we can learn how to evolve our practice, leadership, and research — challenged by parallel pandemics of COVID-19, racism, gender-based violence and mental health crisis— to most effectively support women across the life cycle in wellbeing and equitable access to care.
The 2 ½ -day program will be structured around oral and poster presentations, symposia, morning roundtables and key note presentations. And there will be plenty time to network, connect, and play.
I send my warmest wishes and hope that you stay safe and healthy, and that we will see you in 2022 in Ann Arbor.
Maria Muzik, MD, MSc
University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine
NASPOG President - Term: 2020 - 2022