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Representing You 2013

Many ACNM members as well as staff attend meetings, serve on committees, and assist with ACNM exhibits. Please see the list below.  Members may also access reports of these activities.

JANUARY

CDC Safe Medication Use in Pregnancy Expert Meeting
Atlanta, GA
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Key Issues: Strategies for how the CDC Birth Defects TRxeating for Two program could become more pro-active.
Attended by Tekoa King, CNM, MPH

National Maternal Health Initiative Women's Health Work Group
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG; HRSA Maternal Child Health Bureau
Key Issues:  Unintended pregnancy; obesity; mental health; diabetes; cardiovascular/metabolic syndromes; substance abuse; intimate prtner violence.
Attended by ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy Tina Johnson, CNM, MS

FDA Office of Special Health Issues
ACNM National Office, Silver Spring, MD
Sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Key Issues: The Office of Special Health Issues (OSHI) is a liaison between the FDA and patients, patient advocates, and health professional organizations.  The FDA would like to improve outreach to health professionals and organizations.
Attended by ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS

IOM Evidence Communication Innovation Collaborative
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine
Key Issues:  Improving tools and messaging around shared decision-making; patient attitudes around health data; effective messaging on the protected use of health data for care improvement.
Attended by ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy Tina Johnson, CNM, MS 

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
Key Issues:  Many women that are presently uninsured  will likely be covered after 2014 either by Medicaid or the Exchanges.  Midwives need to be ready for a large influx of newly insured women that will be driving an increased demand for primary GYN care. 
Attended by Denise Henning, CNM

FEBRUARY

National Child and Maternal Health Education Program
Bethesda, MD
Sponsored by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Key Issues:  Finalizing a consumer video about avoiding elective early delivery. Expected release around mother’s day.
Attended by Mavis N. Schorn, PhD, CNM

AANP Health Policy Conference
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Key Issues:  Competition in Health Care: the Role of the Federal Trade Commission; The View from the Health Resources and Services Administration: Key Health Care Issues for 2013; and The 2013 Political Environment: What Does It Mean for the Country and Health Care?
Attended by ACNM State Policy Researcher Cara Kinzelman, PhD

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Meeting on Encouraging Influenza and Tdap Vaccinations during Pregnancy
Arlington, VA
Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Key Issues:  Sharing strategies and resources from the invited organizations to support and promote influenza and Tdap vaccination among pregnant women.
Attended by ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy Tina Johnson, CNM, MS

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice
Atlanta, GA
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Key Issues:  Vaccination in Pregnancy
Attended by Carol Hayes, CNM

National Chlamydia Coalition Annual Meeting
Washington, DC
Sponsored by National Chlamydia Coalition
Key Issues:  Chlamydia screening; reducing rates of PID
Attended by ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS

MARCH

ACOG Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Key Issues:  Reviewed strategic plan over next 3 years; discussion of role of Council on Patient Safety in Women's Healthcare.
Attended by Kai Tao, CNM, MPH, ND

CIMS Annual Conference
Kansas City, MO
Sponsored by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
Key Issues:  Health Disparities in Maternity Care: Using Mother-Friendly and Baby-Friendly to Build Health Equity
Attended by ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS

IOM Weight Gain Guidelines Workshop
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine
Key Issues:  Leveraging action to  support dissemination of IOM Weight Gain Guidelines.  ACNM was invited to speak on the panel at this workshop.
Attended by ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy Tina Johnson, CNM, MS


APRIL

National Student Nurses Association Annual Meeting
Charlotte, NC
Sponsored by the National Student Nurses Association
Key Issues: ACNM exhibited at this conference.
Booth staffed by Patricia Loftman, CNM; Kristen Montgomery, CNM; Tracie Salyer, SNM; ACNM Senior Education Policy Advisor Elaine Germano,CNM, DrPH, FACNM.

ACOG Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Women's Health
Denver, CO
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues: Planning of Indigenous Women's Health Conference, March 2014 in Albuquerque, NM; midwifery positions at risk and health insurance cut due to sequester.
Attended by Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, CNM, FNP, MN

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Annual Convention
New York, NY
Sponsored by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
Key Issues: Scientific and educational lectures, group discussion and exhibits pertaining to ultrasound in clinical practice.
Attended by Cydney Afriat Menihan, CNM, RDMS

Maternal Mortality Review Committee for the State of Minnesota
Bloomington, MN
Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health
Key Issues: The necessity of improved identification and reporting of maternal mortality cases.
Attended by Cheryl Heitkamp, CNM

Pelvic Floor Disorders Network Data Safety Management Board
Washington, DC
Sponsored by NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Key Issues: Review of proposed and ongoing research on pelvic floor disorders safety and effectiveness of management.
Attended by Katharine O'Dell, PhD, CNM (ret.), WHNP

MAY

ACOG Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health and Site Visit to Phoenix Area, Indian Health Service
Phoenix, AZ
Key Issues: discussion of current and potential impacts of the federal sequester on the Committee and the various sites.
Attended by Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, CNM, FNP, MN

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
Washington, DC
Sponsored by Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
Key Issues: Discussion of Maternity Care chapter in MACPAC Report; policy changes.
Attended by Denise Henning, CNM

Strategies to Improve Maternal Health and Reduce Harm Consensus Meeting
Sponsored by ACOG, CDC, Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Maternal Mortality Study Group
New Orleans, LA
Key Issues: This consensus group effort builds upon a series of initiatives by ACOG, SMFM, and partner organizations including ACNM and AWHONN.  National guidelines and protocols approved by partner organizations will be rolled out as a collective initiative later this year.
ACNM representatives are Michele Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, RN; Ana Delgado, CNM, MSN; Sharon Holley, CNM, DNP; Deborah Karsnitz, DNP, CNM; Lisa Kane Low,  CNM, PhD; Amy Nacht, MSN, CNM; Joani Slager, DNP, CNM, CPC, FACNM; Tammy Witmer, CNM, MSN; and Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care - Best Practices Innovation Collaborative
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Key Issues: Interprofessional team-based care
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Nursing Organizations Stakeholder Meeting
Washington, DC
Sponsored by HRSA
Key Issues: Educational loan repayment and scholarship opportunities
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Patient-Centered Medical Homes - Where We Are and What We Know
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund
Key Issues: The PCMH supports high-quality care, practice-based learning and quality improvement.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

JUNE

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice
Atlanta, GA
Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Key Issues: Vaccinations
Attended by Carol Hayes, CNM

CMS Expert Panel on Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Medicaid and CHIP
Virtual Meetings
Sponsored by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Key Issues: Reduction of elective inductions and C-sections, reduction in disparities, breastfeeding promotion, contraception, more support during postpartum period.
Attended by Susan DeJoy, CNM, PhD

JULY

AAFP TOLAC Guidelines Development Group
Virtual Meetings
Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Key Issues: Critical document related to choices available to women with previous cesareans.
Attended by Melissa Avery, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues: ACNM participation on the Council ensures that the perspective of midwives is understood and integrated into tools that have national uptake.
Attended by Deborah Walker, CNM, DNSc, FACNM, FAAN; Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Nursing Alliance for Quality Care Annual Meeting
Silver Spring, MD
Sponsored by the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC)
Key Issues: Transition of NAQC from George Washington University to the American Nurses' Association.
Attended by Lynn Johnson, CNM, OGNP, RN

SEPTEMBER

ACOG Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues: Midwife/Physician collaboration to support quality improvement
Attended by Kai Tao, CNM, MPH, ND

ACOG Well-Woman Task Force
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues: Guidelines for the well-woman visit
Attended by Ruth Zielinski, PhD, CNM

National Coalition for Sexual Health
Washington, DC
Sponsored by Partnership for Prevention
Key Issues: The mission of the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) is to improve sexual health and well-being by encouraging productive and sustained conversations on sexual health and promoting high-quality sexual health information and services.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

NOVEMBER

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
Sponsored by American Public Health Association (APHA)
Key Issues: Best practices globally.  ACNM exhibited at this meeting.
Booths staffed by Janet Brooks, CNM; Julie Mottl-Santiago, CNM; Sarah Dobbins, SNM (SUNY Downstate); Cheryal Gavranovic, SNM (Texas Tech); Joelle Leacock, SNM (Frontier); Marie Reddick, SNM (NYU); Lisa Weinstein, SNM (Yale); Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, ACNM Senior Education Policy Advisor

DECEMBER

Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Research Symposium
Washington, DC
Sponsored by Department of Health & Human Services
Key Issues: Identifying intimate partner violence and intervention in the clinical setting.
Attended by Patricia O. Loftman, CNM, MS

reVITALize: Data Definitions Conference on Gynecology
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues: National standardization of gynecologic clinical data; national implementation of standardized obstetric data elements and definitions in electronic health records and data registries.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

IOM Evidence Communication Innovation Collaborative
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine
Key Issues: ACNM presented the information gained from the Our Moment of Truth campaign and encouraged the IOM to consider women’s reproductive health and childbirth as important areas on which to focus further research on informed decision-making and patient engagement.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy










 

 


 

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