2017 Candidate for Region VII Representative - Barbara Anderson, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN
Anderson, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN
Candidate Statement Related to Office:
It has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for the past three years during a time of significant change and challenge for midwifery both nationally and within our organization. My primary focus has been on responding to and being available to the affiliates in Region VII. It has been very inspirational to be on ground with almost all the affiliates in this large Western geographical region as well as with the USA affiliate. I have also learned so much from the ACNM committees with which I am the board representative: Division of Global Health, Publications, Ethics, and Residency Task force. ACNM has seen tremendous growth in initiatives and outreach in the past 3 years. It has also grappled with serious budget concerns and leadership changes. During this “best of times and worst of times,” I have been inspired by the tenacity and dedication of the midwives in Region VII as they face legislative challenges to eliminate restraint of trade and bring the midwifery model of care to mothers and infants. I have also been inspired as I have worked with a tireless board of directors and leadership at the national level. I have marveled at their thoughtful reflection and sense of accountability to the profession and to the membership. As an organization, ACNM is at a pivotal point in setting priorities to further the midwifery model of care at regional and national levels, to be a presence on the global front, and to implement systems within the organization to better serve the membership. It would be an honor to continue to serve in this role.