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ACNM Future Focus

ACNM’s FutureFocus is our name for ACNM’s strategic planning framework.  ACNM’s last significant refresh of our strategic goals was done in 2008, although additional goals have been added since that time.   

Our overarching aim is that by 2020, midwives will attend 20% of all births in the United States. To achieve that goal, we operate under the following six strategic goals: 

  • Goal 1: We will create strategic communication detailing the value of midwifery care in the United States by 2010.
  • Goal 2: CNMs/CMs will achieve full autonomy in practice and equitable reimbursement by 2015.
  • Goal 3: There will be 1000 newly certified CNMs/CMs per year by 2015.
  • Goal 4: Support the provision of high-quality maternity care and women’s health services by CNMs and CMs as reflected in the ACNM mission statement.
  • Goal 5: Ensure the organizational effectiveness and efficiency of ACNM through the volunteer structure and national office.
  • Goal 6: Position ACNM and its members to be leaders in efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health globally by 2015. 

In order to guide our organization for the coming years, ACNM is re-evaluating our strategic goal framework throughout 2014. This will be done based on data from ACNM’s 2013 Membership Survey as well as input from ACNM leaders from our national and state organizations.   

As an initial step, ACNM hosted a Strategic Planning Retreat on Friday, March 7, at the Washington Ethical Society in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the ACNM Board of Directors meeting. Leaders from the ACNM national organization and ACNM affiliates were invited to participate in the retreat and provide input on our future directions. All ACNM national and state leaders were given an opportunity to provide input via a brief survey.  

We encourage those providing input to this process to learn more about ACNM’s strategic plan and the work we have prioritized for 2014 by reviewing the following materials:
  • ACNM 2014 Strategic Priorities (powerpoint format)—we recommend you view this in “notes” 
  • ACNM 2014 Strategic Plan (excel workbook format)—please note that there are multiple worksheets in this workbook—one for each goal area.  To view the entire workbook, be sure to set the file to “full screen” view. 

The retreat in March utilized a mind mapping process, which you can read more about in President Ginger Breedlove's column in the Spring 2014 Issue of Quickening. The outcomes from the exercise led to break-out discussion about ACNM's main priorities, and were discussed again at the ACNM Leadership Breakfast at the 59th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Denver. 

Currently, we are using the input provided from the membership, volunteer leaders, with staff and Board expertise with the goal of proposing a new strategic plan for approval in 2015. 


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