Katie Moriarty, CNM, PhD, RN, CAFCI
Candidate for Region IV Representative
Read Katie Moriarty'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: This is a time of great excitement and varied opportunities, but we also face many ongoing challenges. My top priorities for ACNM include expanding our efforts to convey an accurate positive image of midwives, continuing and expanding our participation in interdisciplinary initiatives to improve maternity care, addressing issues surrounding equity and autonomy, and increasing our midwifery workforce.
I will work with my affiliates to assess our regional needs, and facilitate communication and engagement of individual members, state affiliate groups, and the academic programs within the region. I will seek input from everyone as we work as a group to accomplish our tasks. I will engage our student population and help optimize their education and successful transition into clinical practice. We must encourage students to become politically active as we continue to dismantle barriers that prevent us from achieving full practice authority. We need to prioritize strategies to increase and support our midwifery preceptors so that we can continue to grow our midwifery workforce.
I will maintain and facilitate regular contact through varied avenues: individual contact, attending meetings, and technology (e.g. group video conversations). I will be an effective bridge to our ACNM Divisions, Committees, and other volunteer groups. I will also bridge to outside organizations: it is imperative that we continue to actively engage with ACOG, for example, and I would attend ACOG district meetings to participate in dialogue about strategies to strengthen collaboration on both the local and state level.
It would be a priority of mine to maintain active involvement and member education in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act so that we can actualize and achieve the opportunity to provide high quality midwifery care.
I have almost 21 years of nurse-midwifery experience as a full scope clinician, nurse-midwifery educator, and active ACNM member. I am currently the At Large Representative (Michigan affiliate) and enjoyed being a member of the Directors of Midwifery Education (DOME) through my position as the Associate Director of the University of Michigan Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. I have practiced in all birth settings both in and out of the hospital in varied practices (Detroit, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois). I thoroughly enjoy being a Clinical Assistant Professor, clinically practicing with the WSUPG CNM Service (Detroit, Michigan), and would feel honored to use my background, education, and experiences if elected as Region IV Representative.