Barbara A. Anderson, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN
Candidate for Region VII Representative
Read Barbara Anderson's CV here
Question: What are the top priorities for ACNM? Explain why these are the top priorities and how you anticipate addressing them within the prospective position you are seeking with ACNM.
Answer: I believe that the top priority for ACNM, at this critical historical juncture in American health care, is to promote and advocate for the role of the midwife as the optimal caregiver for low risk women across the life span. I support the ACNM initiative Our Moment of Truth as one way to inform the US public about the scope of midwifery care. Another priority is to engage midwives and other health professionals, both within and beyond ACNM membership, in active discussion about the Affordable Care Act, the changing practice environment, and the unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate the importance of midwifery care – especially in reaching underserved and vulnerable families. Finally it is essential that ACNM provide visible, ongoing support to the ACNM membership with information, education, and legislative advocacy. This includes engaging the ACNM regions and affiliates in active and continuous communication, support, and feedback. Region VII has some unique challenges including large geographical distances affecting access to prenatal services, restrictions on the scope of midwifery practice (as identified in the IOM report, “The Future of Nursing”), and the far-reaching, global nature of care provided by the Uniformed Services affiliate.
How I would address these priorities within the prospective position with ACNM?
I have worked as a practitioner and an educator in this region of the country for many years. I have also had experience working with students and midwives in the military service, many attached to the Uniformed Services. If elected as Region VII Representative, I would actively meet with the affiliates and members from each of the states and the Uniformed Services, not only to support them in their roles but also to listen to their concerns, communicate these concerns to the ACNM Board, and keep them regularly informed on key issues from the organization. I believe that the role of the regional representative is to clearly communicate the needs and concerns of the region to ACNM, to promote the role of midwifery within the region, and to act as the liaison between the national organization, the affiliates, and the members in the region.