The ACNM Board of Directors (BOD) will vote on a proposed
realignment of the ACNM Region structure during its next meeting at the ACNM 58th
Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The BOD requests that members review the
rationale for change and the proposed new structure described below.
According to the ACNM
Bylaws ARTICLE V: Section A.: Regions: defines Regions within the ACNM
organizational structure and the role of the ACNM Board in determining the number
and boundaries of the ACNM Regions through periodic evaluation of the
geographic size and member distribution of the regions for balance.
Recent review of ACNM’s current Region alignment, pictured
below, shows an unequal distribution of members between Regions, ranging from a
low 717 members to 1498 members in the most populous region. There is an even
more dramatic imbalance in geographic and ACNM affiliate representation, with a
low of 5 and a high of 16 affiliates per region.
ACNM and its members have made a substantial commitment to
the development of an organized and active network of ACNM affiliates across
the nation. ACNM Regional Representatives to the Board of Directors support the
leadership of these still-maturing organizations, aiding their development into
effective entities that both provide value to their members and work locally to
increase access to midwifery care for the women and newborns within their
jurisdictions. It is a critical time in
the gestation of ACNM’s affiliates; ACNM’s regional structure must reflect a
balanced workload and manageable geographic and affiliate representation assigned
to each Regional Representative in order for them to operate most effectively.
With that in mind, the Regional Reps have recommended a
modification to the ACNM region structure that would add a seventh ACNM Region
and Regional Rep to the Board of Directors. The proposed regional realignment
would divide the affiliates represented within each region equally, and in a geographically
friendly way. The realignment is pictured below:
Each Regional Representative would represent the members and
support the leadership of either 7 or 8 ACNM affiliates, correcting the wide
range of 5 to 16 represented per region under the current structure. Some
variation in the total number of members per region would remain, but no more
so than under the current structure.
The realignment of ACNM affiliates into this new 7 Region
structure would impact the regions being served by some current Regional
Representatives. This would be addressed through the 2014 ACNM election cycle.
The current Region I representative’s term of office ends in 2014; the newly-elected
Region II Representative is from an affiliate that would move into Region I during
this transition. She would then serve out the balance of her term as the Region
I Representative. The current Region IV Representative, being from an affiliate
that would transition to Region II, would take over representation of Region II.
Region IV would elect a new representative in the 2014 election cycle. Regions
VI and VII would also elect new Regional Representatives in 2014.
Representation of Regions III and V would not be effected by the proposed
transition and would remain on their normal election schedule.
We thank you for your attention to this matter. To provide
the Board of Directors with your feedback, please leave a comment below. You
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The member comment period will end on Thursday, May 16th.