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2017 Candidate for Region IV Representative - Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC
Present Position: Director of Center for Midwifery, Senior Instructor, Certified Nurse-Midwife, University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing
Location: Aurora, Colorado
ACNM Activities:

2015: ACNM Exemplary Affiliate Award, President of ACNM Colorado Affiliate
2013-14: American College of Nurse-Midwives 59th Annual Meeting & Exposition Local Program Chair
2012-Present: American College of Nurse-Midwives, Chair of Local Program Committee

2012 ACNM National Program Committee

Local:
2010: Elected President of American College of Nurse-Midwives, Colorado Affiliate
2009: Elected President of American College of Nurse-Midwives, Region V, Chapter 3
2008-present: Colorado Nurses Association Affiliate Member
2007: Elected Secretary of American College of Nurse-Midwives, Region V, Chapter 32001-present: Sigma Theta Tau International

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

There are many things that inspire me to seek a position on the ACNM Board of Directors. First of all, I believe in our profession, our outcomes, and the ACNM mission, vision, and values. I was intimately involved in the development of our Colorado affiliate and believe in the work that can be accomplished at the state level. We have an amazing profession and have accomplished so much, but we still have much to achieve for the benefit of women and their families. As we all know, the United States ranking of 33rd in maternal mortality among 179 counties is appalling. Women are dying from preventable causes in our communities magnified by significant racial health disparities.

 The issue is real in our nation! ACNM needs to be a leader at the state and federal levels to develop initiatives to prevent women from dying and eliminate disparities. In addition, there are access-to-care issues in many communities throughout our nation. Women do not have adequate access to quality care to promote maternal and fetal health and optimize outcomes. We all know the stories of women not receiving prenatal care or driving an hour to give birth due to the absence of providers in their communities. We have an access issue and midwives are an essential part of the solution. Lastly, I am impressed by the stamina, dedication, and intellect of midwives. Midwives who work day in and day out to care for families improving the health of our communities inspire me. In the end, I am inspired by ACNM, the challenges we face, the issues that need to be addressed, the midwives who surround me, and the dream of a better maternity care climate. I look forward to using my knowledge, passion, and inspiration as the next ACNM Region VI Representative!

 

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