Kate McHugh, CNM, MSN, FACNM
Candidate for Region II Representative
See Kate McHugh's CV here
Question: What strategies would you suggest for increasing the influence of ACNM, and how would you support them?
Answer: The influence of ACNM is tied to increasing membership and increasing member engagement and activity, We are a small organization with a big presence, but that presence is always mediated by financial concerns and related limitation. Increasing our membership revenue is key to our future impact. I would like to engage the new ACNM affiliate leadership in a deliberate process of reaching out to former members and enrolling new members. I would like ACNM to explore development opportunities through grant writing and targeted giving that might provide funding for new projects.
We have a long and proud tradition of "volunteer leadership" of ACNM. There should be deliberate outreach by the current affiliate and committee leaders to midwives in early phases of their careers, to prepare new leaders for the future. Using survey data we recently collected from members, we should further explore reasons why members are more or less engaged in professional advocacy and activities at the state level and in the committees.
On the national level, I believe we are headed in the right direction of visibility and influence in many policy forums. We have successfully messaged our expertise in normal birth to domestic partners. In the international arena, we have increased our prominence in global maternal-newborn and family planing projects. Our dialogue with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is productive, and they now see us in partnership in many key areas - especially related to workforce issues. I would like to support the continuation of these initiatives in a second term as a member of the ACNM Board of Directors.