Inclusion Conference Sponsor:
The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc.

The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of ACNM, with a mission to promote excellence in health care for women, newborns, and families worldwide through the support of midwifery.

The Foundation supports diversity and inclusion efforts through sponsorship of studies and research, publications, and a variety of scholarships and awards for BIPOC members, including two funded from the Foundation’s Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund:

  • The $5000 Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color, awarded annually to an ACNM member of color actively enrolled in doctoral or post-doctoral education;
  • The $3000 Midwives of Color-Watson Basic Scholarship, awarded annually to student midwives of color to enhance student success and increase the number of midwives of color in the profession.

As a conference sponsor, the A.C.N.M. Foundation supports:

Meeting Attendance by Students

Registration for 10 midwifery student members will be supported by the Foundation, including student members of ACNM’s Racism in Midwifery Education Task Force and students involved in the work of ACNM’s Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC). MOCC is the force behind 2+ decades of successful fundraising for the Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund, enabling 50 BIPOC students and 10 BIPOC midwives in doctoral programs to receive nearly $150,000 in scholarship support! 

Two Live Sessions at the Conference

Creating an Inclusive Culture of Philanthropy in Midwifery (1 CE)
Sunday, September 12, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Maria Valentin-Welch, CNM, DNP, MPH, CDP, FACNM and Lisa L. Paine, CNM, DrPH, FACNM

Drs. Valentin- Welch and Paine have worked together on equity-oriented initiatives for nearly three decades. They recently joined forces to help others understand the importance of philanthropy and fundraising for the enhancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the health professions. Together, they will show how the A.C.N.M. Foundation works to create an inclusive ‘Culture of Philanthropy’ through scholarship and fundraising efforts.

They will use the unique fundraising collaboration between the Foundation and the ACNM Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) as one stellar example of collaboration and inclusivity. Also highlighted will be other collaborations between funders, philanthropists, and volunteer groups which have helped establish and fundraise for inclusive scholarships, awards, and special projects.

From Listening to Action: Mobilizing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Evidence in Midwifery Education (1 CE)
Sunday, September 12, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Kristin Effland, CPM, MA, Eva Fried, DNP, CNM, WHNP, Judy Lazarus, DNP, CNM, ARNP, FACNM, Felina M. Ortiz, DNP, CNM, FACNM, RN, Karline Wilson-Mitchell DNP, RM, RN, CNM, FACNM

Witnessed systemic oppression in classrooms and clinical sites too often leaves Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and faculty questioning if they belong in health care. Moreover, the inequities witnessed within midwifery education have a direct impact on the health disparities of our BIPOC childbearing communities.

To address identified inequities, educators must be prepared to create safe and affirming equity-focused learning environments that are representative of diverse needs and ways of being and that center social justice, anti-racism, and structural competency. Institutions need to better support all students while transforming themselves to center on social justice, anti-racism, and structural competency.

This session will discuss how EDI evidence can be used to infuse equity and access into midwifery educational programs and systems. It will also preview the “Dismantling Racism in Education Summit,” a five-day event planned for February 2021, and funded with a grant from The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc.

Support the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

Please consider supporting the Foundation’s DEI efforts with a tax-deductible donation to the General Fund or a specific fund, such as the Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund.