Leadership Tools and Resources
ACNM is pleased to offer tools and resources to assist you in the role of Affiliate leader.If you need information about engaging members in your affiliate; using the affiliate portal; contacting the affiliate membership or just the leaders; setting up a website or using Go-To-Meeting, all of it can be found below.
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We are always looks for ways and ideas to improve services to the affiliate leaders.If you have an idea or a question, please email [email protected].
Strategic Planning is a process in which an organization sets priorities, focuses energy resources, and develops the goals of the organization. Strategic planning sets everyone in an organization moving in the same direction striving to achieve the Vision and Mission. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful. This process is used to set the direction of the organization, but also to set legislative and advocacy goals.
ACNM has developed introductory guides to assist affiliate leaders strategy planning. Many affiliates are currently working strategically, but not formally with a ‘strategic plan’. These guides are useful to affiliates just beginning the process or affiliates that want to formalize the work already in action.
Holding a meeting of the affiliate is a great way to engage the membership. Meetings can be business in nature or centered around education. Either way, a lot of work goes into the planning and execution of the meeting. Below please find information about the 'ins and outs' of planning a meeting; the different roles for volunteers and some ideas that will hopefully take the stress out of meeting planning. If you have any tips to add, please contact Christy Levine at [email protected]
ACNM is dedicated to providing affiliates with services that enhance their ability to connect and communicate with members to build an active and engaged affiliate in their jurisdiction. ACNM is pleased to offer two e-Midwife discussion list-serves for each ACNM affiliate.
All Member Listserv
The first list-serve is made up of all current affiliate members with e-mail addresses listed in their ACNM membership record. To send a message to the affiliate discussion list-serve, a list member simply needs to send an e-mail addressed to the list from the e-mail account that is on file in their ACNM membership record. The e-mail address to send messages to the all members discussion list for your affiliate is your state’s postal abbreviation @emidwife.org.
Affiliate Officers Listserv
The second discussion list is an affiliate officer discussion list-serve. This list-serve is populated with all the officers currently listed for the affiliate and again, this list will update daily to pick up any changes to the affiliates officers. The e-mail address for the officer discussion list simply adds “–officers” to the address of the all members discussion list.
Please click on the link to find additional information about accessing the list-serves and general guidelines for use. e-Midwife List-serve
Having a website can help you communicate with the affiliate members and the public.This will help with engagement and involvement of the members in the affiliate.ACNM is pleased to offer free web hosting for affiliate websites (also known as “micro-sites”).
To learn more about the micro-sites, please click here to read about the features and training available through ACNM or check out our template affiliate micro-site. There are many options available when using the micro-sites, including color schemes and the menu of content, so each micro-site will be individual.
Branding the Affiliate
It is important that all of the communications to members have the same look and feel so that members can easily recognize that it is from the affiliate. If your affiliate does not have a logo, ACNM has one developed that incorporates the ACNM logo and is available to all affiliates. If you are interested in using the ACNM affiliate logo, please complete the Affiliate Logo Use Agreement.
Affiliates may choose to have an presence on Social Media in addition to a website. This is another tool to help communicate with your members and the general public about the Affiliate and midwifery.
ACNM has developed "Social Media Basics" to introduce affiliates to Social Media and help you get started. If you have any questions surrounding Social Media, please contact the ACNM Media Relations, Social Media and Marketing Specialist Damaris Hay at [email protected].
Today's technology offers affiliates the opportunity for affiliate leaders and/or members to connect over long distances via teleconference or webinar. ACNM can offer assistance with holding a webinar though Go-to-Meeting. Complete the Go-to-Meeting webinar request form and return to Christy Levine at [email protected]. If you don't need full webinar capabilities and a teleconference will suffice, you can register for a free conference line from a provider such as Freeconferencall.com.
For additional information on how your affiliate can hold effective virtual meetings at no cost, please visit ACNM's Teleconference & Webinar Best Practices.
Questions? Want to set up a GoToMeeting Webinar for your affiliate? E-mail [email protected]
A newsletter is a great way to communicate with the members in your affiliate. In the spirit of sharing and stimulating discussion within and among affiliates, check out the newsletter from CNMA, the California Affiliate of ACNM!