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Representing You 2010 Archive

Throughout the year, our dedicated volunteers and staff represent ACNM at various meetings, workshops, conferences, and exhibits. 

2010

DECEMBER

Healthy People 2020

Washington, DC

Sponsored by the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Key Issues: The launch of Healthy People 2020, an initiative which will help to guide the federal government, states, communities, and many other private and public stakeholders in measuring progress for health issues.

Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

NOVEMBER

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Key Issues: ACNM exhibited at this year's annual meeting focusing on social justice.

Booth staffed by Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, ACNM Senior Education Policy Advisor; Jessica Anderson, CNM, Denver Chapter Chair; Tori Baker, CNM; Penny Bennett, CNM, MSN, MPH; Suzanne Carrington, CNM; Adrienne Crowe, CNM; Paula Giblin, CNM; Susan Hanafin, CNM; Jennifer Hensley, CNM, WHNP, EdD; Bettyann Heppler, CNM; Kate Koschoreck, CNM; Elisa Patterson, CNM; Mara Shapiro, CNM.

National Perinatal Association 2010 Conference

Washington, DC

Key Issues: Multidisciplinary group of neonatal, lactation, nursing, midwifery and other providers, professional association representatives and exhibitors and other stakeholders.  Several informative sessions including Babies, Birth and the Media; Maternal Mortality: Safe Motherhood Initiatives; and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: How Do We Get There? A Vision for Perinatal Research.

Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Multidisciplinary Guidelines for Care of Late Preterm Infants Summit

Washington, DC

Sponsored by the National Perinatal Association

Key Issues: ACNM was invited to participate in an active working meeting to begin developing comprehensive, consensus-driven guidelines for the care of the late preterm infant.

Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

OCTOBER

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) 2010 Conference
Franklin, TN
ACNM exhibited at this annual conference.
Booth staffed by Peter Johnson, CNM, PhD, FACNM; and Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy.

SEPTEMBER

ACOG Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Washington, DC
Key Issues: Board reports by Committee Heads and Region Representatives about patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
Attended by Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM

AMA/Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement: Exploring New Frontiers in Measurement and Improvement

Chicago, IL

Key Issues:  Discussed ways to measure patient satisfaction, population demographics, and disparities in care.

Attended by Catherine A. Jones, MSN, CNM

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
Portland, OR
Sponsored by ANA, NCSBN
Key Issues: Discussion of research project which looks at outcome statistics for APRNs who have varying relationships with physicians – supervision, collaborative, informal, or no specified relationship.
Attended by Polly Malby, CNM

AUGUST

ACOG/IHS Committee on Indian Affairs Conference on AI/AN Maternal/Child Health: Prevention of Birth Defects, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention

Salt Lake City, UT

Key Issues: This meeting has been a longstanding service provided by the ACOG/IHS Committee on American Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service and the goal is to provide current clinical practice information to those providing women’s health care at IHS and tribal sites around the U.S. Many of the clinicians are generalists who do not have extensive women’s health expertise. Over 75 physicians, nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical and public health nurses, and others who provide direct services to women and infants in Indian Country were in attendance.

Attended by Marilyn Pierce Bulger, CNM

 

Pelvic Floor Disorders Network Data Safety Monitoring Board (PFDN)
Key Issues: Reviewed status on ongoing studies by PFDN.
Attended by Katharine O’Dell, RN, PhD, CNM

JULY

Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) Orientation Meeting

Washington, DC

Key Issues: Formulating policies related to provision of health care to vulnerable populations.

Attended by Denise Henning, CNM

National Council of State Legislatures Annual Conference
Louisville, KY
Key Issues: ACNM exhibited at this annual conference
Booth staffed by Joanna M. King, Esq., Director, ACNM Government Relations; and Monica Greenfield, Coordinator, ACNM Department of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Washington, DC
Key Issues: The Patient Centered Medical Home in the Community.
Attendees included representatives from the American Pharmacists Association, HRSA, DHHS, The National Alliance-Advance Adolescent Health; Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Physician Assistants; Veterans Administration, Health IT and Disability Policy Advisors; and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Bringing Immunity to Every Community Advisory Group
Sponsored by ANA/CDC Immunization Cooperative Agreement Advisory Group
Key Issues: ANA Vaccination Pledge; 2010-2011 Flu Season Communications Plan; Pertussis. Attendees included representatives from ANA, AWHONN, and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Attended by Carol Hayes, CNM

Nurse Leaders in Native Care Conference
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Nursing; IHS National Nurse Leadership Council; Arizona Nurses Association
Key Issues: Transforming Indian Health Care through Nursing Leadership. One of the presenters was Ursula Knoki-Wilson, CNM.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

JUNE

National Premature Infant Health Network
Alexandria, VA
Sponsored by MedImmune and a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Key Issues: to provide education and awareness of the issues and to promote collaboration among the many stakeholders that attended six Prematurity Summits across the country. Many organizations were represented, including Mothers of Super Twins, SIDS Mid-Atlantic, March of Dimes, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, PreemieWorld, LLC, National Black Nurses Association, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and National Perinatal Association.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Strengthening Midwifery Symposium
Washington, DC
Sponsored by UNFPA, ICM, JHPIEGO, FIGO, WHO, UNICEF, Global Health Workforce Alliance
Attendees included invited leaders of international midwifery and women’s health organizations.
Key Issues: Presentations and panel discussions were held on the status of midwifery and women’s health outcomes around the globe.
Attended by ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN; Former ACNM President Melissa Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN; Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

National Youth Leadership Forum
Falls Church, VA & Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Key Issues: 50 students attend each seminar where they get to interact with professionals to learn about a variety of careers.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy; and Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Raise the Voice Forum - Solutions to Scale: Proven Health Care Models for Primetime
Sponsored by: American Academy of Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Foundation
Attendees included invited speakers, interested attendees/ representatives from within the health policy and reform arena and the nursing community, AARP, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Key Issues: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the many opportunities for evidence-based models of care to be scaled up and broadly diffused.
Panel participant: Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

AARP Public Policy Institute Innovation Roundtable on Advanced Practice Nursing and Health Care Reform
Sponsored by: AARP
Attendees included representatives from the advanced practice nursing community, ANA, NCSBN, AARP, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Key Issues: to identify, assess and agree upon overall objectives, priorities and goals for collaborative work on issues affecting advanced practice nursing and consumers.
Attended by Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE, ACNM Executive Director

MAY

ACOG & CDC Maternal Mortality Special Interest Group
San Francisco, CA
Key Issues: Essential data and opportunities for collaboration and best practices were shared, along with discussions regarding global and national efforts to reduce maternal mortality.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

ACOG/IHS Committee on Indian Affairs Site Visit

Alaska Area - The purpose of this visit was to provide expert reviewto various locations that serve the Native/American Indian population in Alaska.

Attended by Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, CNM

We Look Back So We Can Move Forward: Entering a New Decade in OB Care
Washington, DC
Sponsored by PeriGen
Attendees included many stakeholders involved in women’s health.
Key Issues: Global Maternity Care; Keeping OB Nurses Current; and the Patient’s Perspective of OB Care.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Maternal and Child Health Literacy Council Meeting
Washington, DC
Key Issues: An overview of Text4Baby, a program geared towards vulnerable populations, was presented by Judy Meehan, Executive Director, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; and Arlene Remick, Text4Baby Project Director. Roundtable discussion on maternal and child health literacy challenges and opportunities was held.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy.

Reinventing Primary Care: Urgent Prescriptions
Washington, DC
Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Affairs
Key Issues: examination of policies needed to increase the corps of primary care providers and to improve practice. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was keynote speaker.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor.

APRIL

ACOG/IHS Committee on Indian Affairs Site Visit

Tacoma and Seattle, WA - The purpose of this visit was to learn more about what is happening at urban Native American care sites. Sixty percent of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population is now living in urban settings.

Attended by Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, CNM

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean: New Insights
Bethesda, MD
Sponsored by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, and Office of Medical Applications of Research

Key Issue: NIH released a VBAC statement following this meeting.
Attended by Tekoa King, CNM, MPH (panelist); Cathy Emeis, Ph.D., CNM (speaker); Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor.

122nd Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) - The Role of Nursing in Primary Care: Implications for Workforce – Part II
Bethesda, MD
Key Issues: Presenters were invited to inform the NACNEP members on the role of nursing in primary care.
Attended by Diana Jolles, CNM, MSN; Joyce Thompson, CNM DrPH FACNM; Irene Sandvold, DrPH CNM FACNM; Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy.

MARCH

Nursing Alliance for Quality Care Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC
Key Issues: Inaugural meeting of the NAQC Board of Directors. Discussion focused on the preliminary work that had been done to launch the Alliance, the funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, staffing, bylaws, communication and marketing, member recruitment, policies, goals and objectives. Other advanced practice organizations represented on the Board include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
Attended by Nancy Lowe, CNM, PhD.

National Quality Forum 2010 Spring Policy Conference
Baltimore, MD
Key Issues: health care quality and safety from a broad stakeholder perspective. The general message reinforced throughout the meeting was motivating groups to move “beyond reform and towards health care transformation”. Multiple speakers discussed the need to stop waiting for federal reforms and start working on a local level to transform the system. Many health care organizations were represented.
Attended by Diana Jolles, CNM, MSN; Elisabeth Howard, PhD, CNM; Linda Cole, CNM, MSN, IBCLC, President, American Association of Birth Centers; Maureen Corry, MPH, Executive Director, Childbirth Connection.

FEBRUARY

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) Annual Meeting
Austin, TX
Key Issue: Importance of evidence-based information. Representatives from Childbirth Connection discussed the “Transforming Maternity Care: A High Value Proposition” Symposium. CIMS also presented their fact sheet, The Risks of Cesarean Section.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor.


Maryland Premature Infant Health Network
Columbia, MD
Key Issues: This group is working to increase quality healthcare access and awareness around premature infant health issues. Three sub-groups have formed with a focus on advocacy, education and coordination.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor.

JANUARY

Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month
Washington, DC
Sponsored by Tamika & Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to issues of cervical cancer
Key Issues: Panel discussion on the latest information from experts in the field on cervical cancer screening, prevention, and treatment.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor.

Closed Claims Meeting
Jersey City, NJ
Participants included Israel and Aton Teitelbaum from Contemporary Insurance Services (CIS), and representatives from Chartis and the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC).
Key Issues: ACNM and Chartis/CIS looked at confidential closed claims data and cases for information specifically on claims and their root causes and commonalities so that risk management strategies can be developed to decrease claims exposure.
Attended by Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE, ACNM Executive Director; Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy; Bill McCool, CNM, FACNM, ACNM Professional Liability Section Chair; Mamie Guidera, CNM (former chair, ACNM Professional Liability Section).

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