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Representing You 2009 Archive

Throughout the year, our dedicated volunteers and staff represent ACNM at various meetings, workshops, conferences, and exhibits.

2009

DECEMBER

ACOG/NCQA/PCPI Maternity Care Work Group

Washington, DC

The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG), the National Committee on Quality Care (NCQA), and the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA PCPI), have coordinated to form this work group.

Key Issues: Existing measures in maternity care; existing evidence-based practice guidelines for prenatal care, procedures, and labor and delivery; desirable outcomes for prenatal care (screening and testing).

Attended by Catherine A. Jones, CNM, MSN

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine

Washington, DC

Key Issues: Policy making, reimbursement recommendations, and messaging around evidence-based medicine.

Attended by Colleen Senterfitt, CNM

Healthy People 2020

ACNM proposed Maternal Child Health Objective to Healthy People 2020.

Key Issue: to increase physiologic birth to 70% among women with a full-term, singleton, and vertex presentation infant.

ACNM Healthy People 2020 representative: Catherine Walker, CNM MPH

NOVEMBER

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exhibit

Philadelphia, PA

Key Issues:  ACNM exhibited at this annual conference which focused on water and public health.

Booth staffed by Heather Cates, SNM; Lindsay Dauphinee, SNM; Emma Rose, SNM (UPenn students); Metta Cahill, CNM; Carol O'Donoghue, CNM; Jerri Hobdy, CNM; Ann-Louise Jeffery, CNM; Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, ACNM Education Projects Manager.

OCTOBER

National Commission on Children and Disasters
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Reviewed interim report on the challenges of meeting the unique needs of infants and children affected by disasters. This interim report will be submitted to President Obama and Congress in October 2009.
Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Sheila Wellstone Award Reception
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
The Sheila Wellstone Institute presented awards for outstanding service to end violence against women. This year’s awards were given to Vice President Joseph Biden and social justice activist Guadalupe Serrano (in memoriam). Several policy makers and stakeholders involved in prevention of domestic violence against women attended, including Senators Reid, Durban, Harkin, Franken. Lynn Rosenthal attended on behalf of Vice President Biden.
Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

SEPTEMBER

ACOG Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Patient Safety Toolkit developed by the PSQI Committee to be included in ACOG maintenance of certification program, and will be adopted by other medical specialties. Patient Safety Taskforce has been appointed to develop an electronic patient safety evaluation tool and checklists for ambulatory clinic settings.
Attended by Rima Jolivet, CNM

Health Care Reform Discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Deficiencies in our current health care system for women and their families. ACNM was one of several family and health care advocacy groups to be invited to attend this discussion at the White House.
Attended by Lorrie Kline Kaplan, ACNM Executive Director

Text4Babies Stakeholders Meeting
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Text4Baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote healthy birth outcomes among underserved populations. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date.  Sponsored by National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Choline Science Summit
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
The critical need for choline for neural function, structural integrity and signaling functions of cell membranes in fetal development. Attendees included representatives from the USDA Food Surveys Research Group; Brea Samuel of AWHONN; Paul Coates, PhD Director of NIH; Don Layman, PhD from the Egg Nutrition Center; Marie Caudill, PhD, Division of Nutritional Sciences and Genomics at Cornell University; Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, Director UNC Research Institute; Denise Sofka, MPH, RD, Health Resources and Services Administration and Sharon Ross, PhD Program Director for the Nutritional Science Research Group at NIH.  Sponsored by the Choline Coalition  
Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

AUGUST

The Health Care Workforce Crisis: A Summit on the Future of Primary Care in Rural and Urban America
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Facilitating health care transformation with primary care, and development of a primary care workforce for healthy communities. Led by HRSA Director Mary Wakefield and HRSA staff, attended by national health care leaders and primary care stakeholders.  Sponsored by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy; and Elaine Germano, CNM DrPH FACNM, ACNM Education Projects Manager

First Chance 4 U Girls Group
Washington, DC
Key Issue:
This was a “one on one” meeting where young women were paired with a professional. Attendees included young women from the First Chance 4 U Girls Group, stakeholders from the Juvenile Justice Department and other professionals.  Sponsored by Lead 4 Life
Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Preterm Birth Policy Solutions Summit
DC Birth Center, Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Health disparities and improving pregnancy outcomes.
Attendees included staff from the DC Birth Center including Ruth Lubic and Linda Randolph, MD. Other attendees included: Jermane Bond, PhD, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Rosemary Higgins from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, representatives from Amerigroup and other stakeholders interested in reducing health disparities. Sponsored by The Amerigroup Public Policy Institute and the Black Leadership Forum, Inc.
Attended by Lorrie Kline Kaplan, ACNM Executive Director; Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy; Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor; Yolanda Landon, ACNM Communications Manager; Melissa Garvey, ACNM Writer & Editor.

JULY

National Nursing Quality and Safety Alliance (NQSA)
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Review of the progress of the conveners’ and reactors’ work in establishing a nursing safety and quality alliance, including a summary of the group’s mission, goals and funding sources, and an introduction into the branding and marketing process for positioning the organization for the future. Attendees included NQSA Conveners and Reactors (ACNM is a reactor) representing national nursing organizations; guest speakers Janet Corrigan and Marybeth Farquhar of National Quality Forum; Carolyn Clancy of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Cleve Corlett of Brand Planning, LLC; Henry Engleka, Chad Hyett, Caroline Johnson of Widmeyer CommunicationsSponsored by George Washington University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Stakeholder’s Working Meeting – Public and Private Initiatives: Advancing the PCMH (Primary Care Medical Home)
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
PCMH overview; how it works; health care reform; etc.
Attendees included Patient Centered Primary Care Coalition (PCPCC) Stakeholders and other interested individuals and groups.  Sponsored by Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

JUNE

ACOG Professional Liability/Risk Management Meeting
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
2-day working meeting on decreasing health care professional liability
Attendees included Phil Diamond, MD, Chair; Doug Curran, MD, liaison to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); Jay Goldsmith, MD, liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Melanie Powers, Editor, ACOG Today; Al Strunk, MD JD FACOG.
Attended by Mamie Guidera, MSN CNM, Member, ACNM Professional Liability Section

Health Care in the 21st Century
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Education and recruitment of high school students
Approximately 400 students attended, with 25 students per seminar. Midwifery was one of the health care professions represented.Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy and Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Children and Youth in Disasters: Closing Gaps among Research, Practice, and Policy.
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Caring for children and youth during and after disasters.
Attendees included Members from the Disasters Roundtable Steering Committee plus Konstantine Buhler, Founder of Always Ready Kids, Robin Gurwitch, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Sally Phillips, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plus many other Stakeholders. Several hundred people attended this forum. Sponsored by Kaiser Family Foundation and Co-Hosted by the National Commission on Children and Disasters.
Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

MAY

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Meeting and Exhibit

May 2009, Chicago, IL
Key Issue: Continuing to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other women's health professionals.
Booth staffed by Lorrie Kline Kaplan, ACNM Executive Director; Tina Johnson, CNM, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

ACOG Special Interest Group on Maternal Mortality
Chicago, IL
Key Issues:
Maternal Mortality commission leaders from Australia and the U.K. discussed rates of maternal mortality in their countries and potential causes, strategies and changes needed to improve statistics in their countries. Other experts from states and other organizations around the U.S. gave presentations about how maternal mortality is being tracked, reported and studied. Sponsored by ACOG.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

NCSBN APRN Roundtable
Chicago, IL
Key Issues:
Maintaining alliances and keeping the lines of communication open so that members are informed of what is changing in practice, education, certification and legislation. Sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Picture This: Women’s Health
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
to gather television writers, producers and directors to have a two-way dialogue with women’s health experts about family issues, detailing the opportunities and challenges for depicting women’s health-related issues in the media. Attendees included Martha Nolan, VP of the Society for Women’s Health Research and Kaye Hayes, Senior Advisor for Policy in the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesSponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters
Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

APRIL

Childbirth Connection 90th Anniversary Symposium
Washington, DC
Key Issues:
Issues included moving toward evidence-based practice clinical practice guidelines; greater transparency and analysis of clinical outcomes; greater collaboration in clinical practice and education.
Steering Committee included ACNM, ACOG, AAFP, AWHONN, IHI, NPWF, NQF, Milbank, Leapfrog, NPSF, Joint Commission, Kaiser, Lamaze, March of Dimes, Medicaid, CA Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Hal Lawrence (ACOG) has recently joined Steering Committee to participate in Symposium follow-up activity.
Attended over a two year period by Lorrie Kline Kaplan, Tina Johnson, Holly Kennedy, Cathy Collins-Fulea, Cele Jevitt, Jan Kriebs, Carolyn Gegor, Julie Bosak, Nancy Kane-Lowe, Lisa Summers, Deanne Williams, Angie Nixon, Cynthia Flynn among others. Barbara Fildes and Joani Slager were workgroup members.

MARCH


Alliance for Health Reform: Reforming the Health Care Delivery System: A Team Approach

Washington DC

Key Issues: The benefits of the team approach in health care were discussed. The Collaborative Cardiac Care Service that was implemented by Kaiser was used as an example of how the team approach works.  Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and Kaiser Permanente.

Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

PhRMA Monthly Briefing on President Obama’s Health Care Proposal

Washington, DC

Key Issues: This briefing outlined President Obama’s health care proposal and provided some insights from the policy and patient perspective as to how the proposal will affect patient care.

Attended by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

FEBRUARY

Health Workforce Information Center Program Launch

Washington, DC

Key Issues: to create a health care workforce database that will enable researchers, consumers and providers to find information related to workforce issues.  Sponsored by HRSA.

Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, ACNM Director of Professsional Practice & Health Policy

Institute of Medicine Committee Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan

Washington, DC

Key Issues: to explore all dimensions of vaccine communication, to identify gaps in the plan, and to determine what issues are of greatest importance and why.

Attended by Leslie Ludka, CNM, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor, Professional Practice & Health Policy

Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Performance Measures Project

Chicago, IL

Key Issues: review measure development process; endorse clinical framework for perinatal care measure set; determine composition of Perinatal Care Core Performance Measures.

Attended by Cathy Collins Fulea, CNM

State of the Union for Health Care

Washington, DC

Key Issues: A conversation with Senators Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) was held about health care reform. There were three panels, followed by a keynote interview with J. Craig Venter, Ph.D, key scientist with the Human Genome Project.

Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

Women's Medical Home

Washington, DC

Key Issues: Many health organizations, including American Academy of Pediatrics, AWHONN, March of Dimes, and Planned Parenthood, came together with the goal of building a coalition to develop and support the concept of a Women's Medical Home, and to incorporate Women's Medical Home into federal and state proposals and legislation.  The meeting was sponsored by ACOG.

Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

JANUARY

Champion Nursing Council

January 2009 , Washington, DC

Key Issues:  to provide member organizations with an update on the Center to Champion Nursing in America’s progress over the last year; determine ways to work together; and discuss shared messages that can be used to further the nursing agenda.  Future work of the center is to focus on education of nurses and a year-long research project on the future of nursing and the health care work force at the Institute of Medicine.  In addition to ACNM, members of the Council include the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and six others.  This is an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM MS, Director, ACNM Professional Practice & Health Policy

ONGOING

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Lead and Pregnancy Workgroup

Bi-Monthly Meetings - Atlanta, NYC, Boston

Workgroup is composed of public health leaders from around the country (California, Philadelphia, New York), CDC representatives, laboratory specialists, lead specialists, researchers and representatives from the American Academy of Family Medicine, ACOG, American Academy of Pediatrics, and ACNM.

Key Issues: developing guidelines for the identification and management of elevated lead levels in pregnant women.

Attended by Barbara Hackley, CNM


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