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For Immediate Release 
October 27, 2016

Contact: Ashley West
Office: (240) 485-1856
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Certified Nurse-Midwife Colleen Conway-Welch Honored as American Academy of Nursing Living Legend

Academy also Inducts 6 Certified Nurse-midwives as 2016 Fellows

Silver Spring, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) congratulates Colleen Conway-Welch, CNM, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACNM, who recently was honored as the recipient of the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN’s) Living Legend Award, as well as 6 other certified nurse-midwives who were also honored as AAN fellows.

Conway-Welch has made direct and profound contributions to the nursing profession, health education, and public policy through her research, scholarship, and visionary leadership. She served as dean of Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing for 28 years. Her national impact on health care includes serving on President Reagan's 1988 Commission on HIV, the 1998 National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, the 2002 Department of Health and Human Service’s Advisory Council on Public Health Preparedness, and the 2006-2010 Board of Regents for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is a founder and former president of the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research.

The Living Legend award recognizes AAN fellows with at least 15 years of membership, who have demonstrated extraordinary, sustained contributions to nursing and health care. Conway-Welch joins 2001 Living Legend Ruth Watson Lubic, CNM, EdD, FAAN, FACNM.

ACNM applauds the 6 CNMs who were inducted as 2016 AAN fellows for their contributions to the nursing profession. They are:

  • Wei-Ti Chen, CNM, PhD, RN, DNSc – Yale University
  • Michelle Renee Collins, CNM, PhD, RN-CEFM, FACNM – Vanderbilt University
  • Jennifer Whitman Foster, CNM, PhD, MPH, FACNM – Emory University
  • Cara J. Krulewitch, CNM, PhD, FACNM – Department of Defense
  • Patricia Lee Riley, CNM, MPH, RN, FACNM, CAPT, Ret. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lori Trego, CNM, PhD, ARNP – University of Colorado

ACNM President Lisa Kane Low, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN noted the value of having more members of ACNM as fellows in the Academy. “Being a fellow in AAN has provided a new platform for midwives to extend our policy voice to impact maternity care and women’s health, particularly through participation on expert panels,” Low said.


The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.


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