Access to Equity in Midwifery Education and Care ProgramThe field of midwifery is continuously expanding as more women turn to midwives for maternal care. ACNM strongly believes the profession of midwifery should reflect the same level of diversity that exists among the people in midwives’ care. To address disparities in healthy outcomes and structural racism, ACNM has partnered with Johnson & Johnson "Our Race to Health Equity" (ORTHE) to develop the Access to Equity in Midwifery Education and Care Program. This program focuses on increasing midwifery education programs to increase the number of midwifery health care providers.
The program addresses the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx midwifery students. Additionally, to increase the number of pathways and programs available to prospective midwifery students, the program seeks to partner with minority-serving and in particular on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Midwifery education and practice works within a larger community and thus any change needs to engage that community as well. By engaging students, schools, graduates, and clinical sites at the ground level, ACNM hopes to synergize its efforts in identifying and addressing barriers and implementing solutions to the complex problem of health equity.
To learn more about our vision for HBCU partnerships and to register for our information sessions, please click the link below:
Why We Need More Midwives of Color