ACNM Future Focus
FutureFocus is a concrete, measurable set of strategic goals that will guide ACNM’s activities through the coming decade. Our overarching aim is that by 2020, midwives will attend 20% of all births in the United States. To achieve that goal:
- We will create strategic communication detailing the value of midwifery care in the United States by 2010.
- CNMs/CMs will achieve full autonomy in practice and equitable reimbursement by 2015.
- There will be 1000 newly certified CNMs/CMs per year by 2015.
- Support the provision of high-quality maternity care and women’s health services by CNMs and CMs as reflected in the ACNM mission statement.
- Ensure the organizational effectiveness and efficiency of ACNM through the volunteer structure and national office.
- Position ACNM and its
members to be leaders in efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve
maternal health globally by 2015.
In fall 2008, ACNM conducted a member survey, welcoming comments and feedback on the draft strategic goals. More than 2100 members responded with thoughtful concerns, comments, and encouragement.
The majority of members (74.3%) agreed that the first four strategic goals are reflective of ACNM’s most urgent priorities. For a detailed summary of survey results, read "Working with You," by ACNM Chief Executive Officer Lorrie Kline Kaplan from the winter 2009 issue of Quickening.
A sixth strategic goal pertaining to global midwifery was approved at the September 2012 Board of Directors meeting.
For history of the progress of FutureFocus, view the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying audiocast recorded at the September 2009 joint meeting of the ACNM Board of Directors, divisions, and committees.