2017 Candidate for Vice President - Carol Howe, CNM, DNSc, FACNM, DPNAP
CNM, DNSc, FACNM, DPNAP
Candidate Statement Related to Office:
I have always believed the ACNM was one of the most effective professional organizations in health care. Although comparatively small, it wields significant influence and commands respect from other professional organizations as well as from state and national government agencies. I witnessed this first hand in the mid-1980s when as a regional representative, I served on the ACNM Board of Directors that had to grapple with the worst liability insurance crisis the organization has faced. Members could not obtain private insurance and the only recourse seemed to be to self-insure. ACNM faced down the powerful insurance industry, submitted a bill to the US Senate making self-insurance possible, and won by a 99-1 vote. The next morning, we had an offer on the table from a coalition of insurance companies. I continue to be proud of ACNM now as I was then. It is this pride that inspires me to ask to serve ACNM again. After the ACNM BOD, my national midwifery commitment focused on the AMCB, first as president and now as chair of the Discipline Committee. I have retired as an education program director and practicing midwife and look forward to the opportunity to serve as vice president.
The role of vice president is pivotal in the representation of ACNM to its membership, other professional organizations, and those in government service. My history of pioneering leadership and inter-professional work locally and nationally serves as a solid foundation for the work of the office. If elected, my focus would be to ensure that midwifery is always recognized in critical health policy that sustainable reimbursement strategies support the midwifery model of care, and that mechanisms of preceptor support are developed to allow the profession to continue to grow.