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Representing You 2014

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

Pelvic Floor Disorders Network Data Safety Management Board
Washington, DC
Sponsored by NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Key Issues: Ongoing work related to safety and effectiveness of management for pelvic floor disorders. The NICHD established the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) in 2001 to support a multicenter network in response to the need for high quality clinical trials in this area.
Attended by Katharine O’Dell PhD CNM (ret.) WHNP

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Roundtable
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Key Issues: Research that helps people make informed healthcare decisions, and improves health care delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader health care community
Attended by Mary Barger PhD,CNM, FACNM


FEBRUARY

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Atlanta, GA
Sponsored by the CDC
Key Issues: Research on safety and effectiveness of vaccines, including pertussis,influenza, and HPV.  Learn more about the CDC ACIP.
Attended by Carol Hayes, CNM

ACOG Well-Woman Task Force
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG.
Key Issues: Review of the current guidelines (CDC, USPTF etc.), and level of evidence associated with these guidelines.
Attended by Ruth Zielinski, PhD, CNM

Safety in Maternity Care Advisory Board
Kansas City, MO
Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Key Issues: Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course offered at 2013 ACNM annual meeting in Nashville resulted in increased numbers of CNM providers taking course in 2013 and subsequent surge in CNMs taking instructors course. The goal of the Safety in Maternity Care (SiMC) Advisory Board is to improve uptake by all disciplines to make the course truly multidisciplinary and improve team work at the facility level. Learn more about the ALSO course.
Attended by Helen Welch, CNM


MARCH

IOM Roundtable on Value & Science Driven Health Care Best Practices Innovation Collaborative
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Key Issues: This Collaborative focuses on team-based care and patient engagement. Its work will inform the health care system within the US and generate additional research and resources for clinicians and the public.  Learn more.
Attended by Tina Johnson, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

ACOG Committee on Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
Key Issues: Discussion of several Committee Opinions, including ACOG/AAP statement on water birth.
Attended by Kai Tao, CNM, MPH, ND

APRIL

White House Briefing for National Coalition for LGBT Health
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the National Coalition for LGBT Health in partnership with the Health and Human Services Administration, and the White House Office of Public Engagement
Key Issues:  Access to better health care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and increasing the number of culturally competent providers.
Attended by ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS

National Student Nurses Association Annual Meeting
Nashville, TN
Sponsored by the National Student Nurses Association
ACNM exhibit booth staffed by Alexa Clay, SNM; Ali Sevilla deCocco, SNM; Bethany Fjeldheim, SNM; ACNM Senior Education Policy Advisor Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM; Claire Harper, SNM; Alice Ann Hermanson, SNM; Pat Loftman, CNM, LM, MS; Emily Siemer, SNM

National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Consensus Meeting
Chicago, IL
Sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
Key Issues: Consensus Statement, grandfathering guidelines, regulation policies
Attended by ACNM Senior Education Policy Advisor Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM


MAY

IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine
Key Issues: Report on workshop, “Empowering Women and Strengthening Health Systems through Nursing and Midwifery: Implications of Innovative International Models for the United States," which will take place in September in Bellagio, Italy; and scaling best practices in community-based health professional education.
Report presented by Mary Barger, CNM, MPH, FACNM, PhD

NICHD Safe-to-Sleep Breastfeeding Campaign Outreach Meeting
Bethesda, MD
Sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Key Issues: Breastfeeding to reduce risk of SIDS; roomsharing vs. bedsharing
Attended by Noelene K. Jeffers, CNM, MSN

Elimination of Maternal-Child Transmission of HIV Infection Stakeholders Group Annual Meeting
Pentagon City, VA
Sponsored by ACOG, CDC
Key Issues: Effective methods of completing task of "virtual" elimination of maternal-child transmission of HIV infection in the U.S. by 2030; effects of shifts in federal funding
Attended by Jan Kriebs, CNM, FACNM

AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges
Key Issues: Health workforce supporting the Affordable Care Act.
Attended by Kate McHugh, CNM, MSN, FACNM

JUNE

Drugs and Vaccines in Pregnancy and Lactation
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
Key Issues: Improving data pharmaceutical products administered during pregnancy and lactation; better coordination and collaboration between registries.
Attended by ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS

IOM Workshop on Place of Birth
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine
Key Issues: What questions should be asked of an Institute of Medicine Committee on Place of Birth.  The IOM Consensus Document produced by this committee informs and makes recommendations to the federal government, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Attended by Tekoa King, CNM, MPH

US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) Work Group
This follow-up meeting from the April retreat took place in June at International Confederation of Midwives Conference in Prague.
Key Issues: education, legislation, grandmothering issues.
Participants: US MERA is comprised of 7 organizations—ACNM, the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, American Midwifery Certification Board, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, Midwives Alliance of North America, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and North American Registry of Midwives.

JULY

IOM Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care Evidence Communication Innovation Collaborative
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
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.
Report presented by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues:  ACNM presented on Physiologic Birth initiative, BirthTOOLS.orgACNM is a major partner in this work, and has had a key role in bundle development. Our continued involvement with the Council will ensure that our professional commitment to normal physiologic birth, as well as our insights into improving communication and safety among providers, will be instrumental in improving maternal outcomes.
Report presented by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

ACOG Collaborative Practice Manual Project Task Force
Washington, DC
Sponsored by ACOG
Key Issues: The Task Force is charged with revising the 1995 ACOG Guidelines for Implementing Collaborative Practice, and in that process, exploring opportunities for promotion and implementation of health collaborative practice models.
Participants: Cathy Collins-Fulea, CNM, MSN, FACNM, and Mary Ann Faucher, CNM, PhD




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