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Representing You 2011 Archive


Watson Pharmaceutical Company Allied Health Professional Advisory Board Meeting
Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Watson Pharmaceuticals
Key Issues: Midwives, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and educators attended this meeting to discuss the potential FDA approval of a progesterone vaginal gel intended to be used in women with ultrasound diagnosed with short cervical length.
Attended by Cydney Afriat Menihan, CNM, RDMS

Committee on Implementation of the Institute of Medicine Pregnancy Weight Guidelines
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Board on Children, Youth and Families; the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board; and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health.
Partnership groups included the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG);  the American Public Health Association (APHA); the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP); the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); March of Dimes; Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care; National Healthy Start Association; and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
Key Issues: This committee was formed to develop resources and activities in support of the recommendations of the 2009 IOM/NRC report Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines. This initial effort focused on health care providers, public health organizations, and community groups who work with women.
Attended by ACNM Senior Practice Advisor Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS 


New York - Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services
Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by the New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services (NYMAC) and the Genetic Alliance Newborn Screening Clearinghouse
Key Issues:  NYMAC assembled provider and childbirth education experts, including PAs, midwives, and nurses from the NYMAC region (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV) to help develop a provider toolkit to better inform women and families about the need for newborn screening, what?s involved, and the importance of follow-up screening.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy

National Child & Maternal Health Education Program
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development National Child & Maternal Health Education Program sponsored a meeting on Birth Certificate Accuracy. 
Key Issues:  Representatives from the CDC National Center for Health Statistics presented birth certificate data and were interested in how to standardize birth certificate information and improve the accuracy by attending providers.
Attended by Mavis N. Schorn, PhD, CNM, FACNM


National Black Nurses Association Annual Institute and Conference
Indianapolis, IN
Sponsored by the National Black Nurses Association
Key Issues: Networking with RNs and nursing students from the US, Africa, and England, and sharing information about the midwifery profession.  ACNM member Stephanie DeVane-Johnson presented on "Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Breastfeeding Babies Born to Women of Color."
Attended by Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, CNM, MSN 

Institute of Medicine Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations
Washington, DC
Sponsored by The Insititute of Medicine
Key Issues:  Panelists presented challenges to developing and providing crisis standards of care for maternal and pediatric populations in disasters.
Attended by Cathy Ruhl, CNM


AARP Solutions Forum: Advancing Health in Rural America: Maximizing Nursing's Impact
Sponsored by National Rural Health Association; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; AARP
Key Issues: Examined ways in which nursing can provide solutions and innovation to the critical shortage of nurses in rural health.  View the webinar.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy

3rd National Summit on Preconception Care
Tampa, FL
Sponsored by CDC, March of Dimes, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Key Issues:  Possibilities for integration of PCC services in the era of health reform.  A number of presentations highlighted the work of the clinical practice, policy and consumer working groups of the CDC?s initiative on PCC.  See the presentations here.
Attended by Cathy Ruhl, CNM, AWHONN Representative to the CDC?s clinical working group on PCC.


Saving Moms and Defeating the Maternal Health Care Crisis in the United States
Briefing on the maternal health crisis within the United States, importance of supporting HR 894, the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011which aims at addressing the current public health emergency and human rights crisis that mothers are currently facing.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

 Institute of Medicine Workshop on Allied Health Workforce and Services
There has been little progress to formalize and integrate the growing number of allied health professionals into the health care system. Workshop address various issues faced by allies and aimed at building some solutions.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy

Moving Surveillance Forward - Maternal Mortality meeting and Special Interest Group
Aimed at increasing surveillance on maternal mortality, providing information on various state efforts to track maternal mortality. Author Cynthia Berg shared from her articlePregnancy-Related Mortality in the United States, 1998 to 2005.
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy


Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit
Washington, DC
Sponsored by National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition
Key Issues:  The Coalition focuses on reducing infant and maternal morbidity and mortality and the incidence of preterm birth, low birth weight and cesarean section.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

American Nurses' Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics
Key Issues: 
ANA policy statements, implications for practice, and collegial work with other organizational affiliates.  Learn more about ANA CNPE.
Attended by Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM

International and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) National Advisory Board Meeting
Kansas City, MO
Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Key Issues:  ALSO is the internationally recognized course for the promotion of safety in maternity care.  The course is currently medically focused but there is a possibility of creating a more midwifery centered program with the recognition of midwives as the primary providers of maternity care throughout most of the world.
Attended by Helen Welch, CNM

Newborn Screening Clearinghouse Materials Working Group
Sponsored by Genetic Alliance
Key Issues: Resources being developed by this group include a video depicting newborn screening discussed in a prenatal office setting; an educational toolkit for health care providers; and a Web site.  These resources will be of benefit to the practicing midwife in educating midwives and clients.  Learn more about the Clearinghouse.
Attended by Joyce Bailey , MSN, CNM, WHNP and Kathy Mercer, CNM, RNC-OB, MA, MSN

National Student Nurses' Association Annual Conference
Salt Lake City
Key Issues:  ACNM presented and exhibited at the National Student Nurses' Association conference.
Presentation made by Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, ACNM Senior Education Policy Advisor.  Booth staffed by Elaine Germano; Jennifer Cook, CNM; Danielle Demeter, CNM; Jane Dyer, CNM; Sarah Hagen, CNM; Amy Petersen, SNM; Celeste Thomas, CNM.

ACOG Committee on American Indian Affairs
Billings, MT
Key Issues:  Site visit to Billings Indian Health Service Area.  Learn more about the ACOG Committee on American Indian Affairs.
Attended by Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, CNM, FNP, MN

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Birth Summit
Winchester, Virginia
Sponsored by Birth Matters Northern Virginia
Key Issues:  ACNM was invited to participate in a panel discussion on issues around maternal mortality. 
Attended by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy

Nursing Alliance for Quality Care Symposium - Nurse-led Medical Homes: Increasing Access to Quality Care 
Washington, DC
Key Issues:  ACNM gave a presentation highlighting the midwife?s role in the provision of primary and women?s health care within the medical home.  Learn more about NAQC.
Presentation made by Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy

The Science and Health of the Menstrual Cycle
Washington, DC
Sponsored by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Women's Health Research at NICHD; Rachel's Well; US Department of Health and Human Services.
Key Issues:  Societal view of the menstrual cycle, and the importance of the cycle as an integral aspect of the health and well-being of women.
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

United States Breastfeeding Committee
Washington, DC
Key Issues:  Surgeon General's Call to Action and the White House Partnership for a Healthier America, and the role of nurses and midwives in these national agendasLearn more about USBC.
Attended by Sarah Coulter Danner, CNM


ACNM/AIUM Liaison Meeting
Orlando, FL
Key Issues:  ACNM has partnered with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) to develop jointly endorsed standards and guidelines for midwives performing limited ultrasound examinations.  ACNM has also developed a position statement addressing this issue.
Attended by Cydney Afriat Menihan, CNM, MSN, RDMS

ACOG Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Washington, DC
Key Issues:  Non-medically indicated elective delivery before 39 gestation weeks; maternal health legislation; midwife/OB GYN practice models.  Learn more about ACOG PSQI.
Attended by Kai Tao, CNM MPH

National Quality Forum Annual Meeting
Washington, DC
Key Issues:  Perinatal measures and policy work; populations health programs that will focus on outpatient delivery models, primary prevention, and holistic/integrated care.  Learn more about the National Quality Forum.
Attended by Elisabeth Howard, CNM and Diana Jolles, CNM

FDA Health Professional Briefing - Makena and Terbutaline for Preterm Labor
Key Issues:
  Makena (Progesterone injection for prevention of recurrent spontaneous preterm birth); new recommendations on use of terbutaline to arrest/prevent preterm labor.  In March, ACNM and AWHONN expressed their concern regarding the cost of Makena, prompting Ther-Rx to reduce the price to ensure that high-risk women have access to this FDA-approved drug.
Attended by Nancy Jo Reedy, CNM MPH FACNM

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: Reframing Breastfeeding Moving Forward
Chapel Hill, NC
Key Issues: Many organizational stakeholders attended this meeting, including the American Association of Birth Centers, AWHONN, Association pour la Sante Publique du Quebec, The Big Push for Midwives Campaign, Birth Matters Virginia, Birth Network of Santa Cruz County, BirthNetwork National, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), Citizens for Midwifery, DONA International, InJoy Birth & Parenting Education, ICEA, Lamaze International, MANA, NARM, Our Bodies Ourselves, The Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation, and Where?s My Midwife?  Learn more about the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS).
Attended by Eileen Beard, CNM FNP MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor

Family Violence Prevention Fund National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence Steering Committee
Key Issues:
  Planning of 2012 national conference.  Several health provider organizations are represented on this committee, including American Assocation of Family Practitioners, American Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology, ACOG, and American Academy of Pediatrics.  Learn more about the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF).
Attended by Diane K. Bohn, RN, CNM, PhD

Pelvic Floor Disorders Network
Key Issues:
This committee reviews research proposals, protocol progression, and outcomes of the NIH-funded Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. 
Attended by Katharine O'Dell, CNM


National Child Maternal Health Education Program
Key Issues: 
Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and ACOG presented on issues relating to preventing late pre-term birth and early term elective birth. Joint Committee on Perinatal Care Core Measures, Madscape CME to be released in March. Stakeholders for maternity care: representing providers, consumers, payers, and related organization present.
Attended by Mavis N. Schorn, PhD, CNM

Uniformed Services Community University Graduate School of Nursing - Genetic Essentials Working Group
Key Issues:
Developing a set of minimum standards for Baccalaureate, Masters, and Post-Masters nursing education related genetics and genomics as well as setting a related minimum competency for recently graduated and/or practicing nurses of all levels. It is important to have these standards as CNMs/CMs work is so involved with human reproduction and they must be aware of the latest information related to genetic or genomic conditions/history.
Attended by Lynneece Rooney, CNM

 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Meeting
Key Issues:
Key stakeholders came together to review the criteria for the designation of Medically Underserved Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas, including health centers, rural health clinics, and other rural providers, special populations with unique health care needs, and technical experts in health care access and statistical methods. The Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) is one factor used to determine eligibility for a number of programs that improve access to health care, the Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/MUP) designation is used as a basis for awarding grants to Community Health Centers. As providers of primary care for women, ACNM members and their clients are directly affected by the decisions of the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
Attended by Tina Johnson and Patrick Cooney

Convening of the Champion Nursing Council and Champion Nursing Coalition
Attendees discussed the relevance of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) recommendations on the future of nursing to participating organizations and examine the role organizations can play in implementing IOM recommendations.
Attended by Tina Johnson and Patrick Cooney


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