The 2020 Inclusion Conference program includes pre-conference workshops, on-demand education sessions, and live sessions and discussion events. This page will be continually updated as speakers and sessions are added. Sessions are subject to change. Last updated 9/11/20.

20+ CEs Offered!
Session Recordings Will Be Available to Attendees for 30 Days After the Conference

Pre-Conference Workshops* (Live, 3.5 CEs each)

All times are Eastern (ET). *Additional fees apply.

Saturday, September 12, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMBuilding the Framework to Implement, Support and Sustain Anti-Racism Work at Your Institution

Wendy Gordon, DM, MPH, CPM, LM

Safiya McCarter, ND, LAC

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
– Explain the historical context for the anti-racism work that is needed today
– Explain the importance of teaching about anti-racism in health professions education
– Describe how racism impacts health outcomes
– List different levels of anti-racism work (personal, institutional, structural) with examples of each
– List the steps necessary to implement anti-racism work at their home institution
– Create a plan for sustaining their anti-racism work
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMTransgender 101

Jennifer Baumstark, DNP, CNM, APRN

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
– Define terms related to gender identity and sexual orientation
– Understand the major health care disparities facing transgender and gender non-conforming people
– Identify strategies for effective nursing and health care for transgender and gender non-conforming patients
– Describe ways to create a welcoming environment for transgender and gender non-conforming patients

Live Sessions/Events

All times are Eastern (ET).

Jump Start Session
Sunday, September 13, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
The Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Model: Compassion Across Differences (1 CE)
Tina Taylor, MS, RN

After this session, participants will be able to:
– State the purpose of the NVC and definitions of empathy and compassion
– List the Two Roles, Four Components, and Five Empathic Choices in the NVC
– List self-empathy strategies for self-care
– Describe having an experience of empathy in group or dyad
Opening Plenary Address
Sunday, September 13, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Delivering TLC with TIC (Trauma Informed Care): Cultural, Historic, and Gender Issues Affecting Black Maternal and Infant Mortality (1 CE)
Donna L. Hamilton, MD, MS, FAAP

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Describe the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and two adult health risk factors
– List the core elements of trauma informed patient care
– Give two examples of cultural, historic or gender issues that could impact their African-American patients’ health and well-being
– Describe five arenas to consider when doing a biopsychosocial assessment
A.C.N.M. Foundation Event
Sunday, September 13, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Creating an Inclusive Culture of Philanthropy in Midwifery (1 CE)
Maria Valentin-Welch, CNM, DNP, MPH, CDP, FACNM
Lisa L. Paine, CNM, DrPH, FACNM

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Understand the importance of fundraising and philanthropy for the enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health care and the health professions.
– Appreciate the importance of establishing a ‘Culture of Philanthropy’ to support DEI initiatives
– Describe the fundraising history between the ACNM Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) and The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc.
– Identify at least three different types of scholarships and projects specifically for marginalized groups​
– Explain three different fundraising activities in support of DEI in midwifery
Special Event: Crucial Conversations
Sunday, September 13, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Let’s Talk Rural Healthcare
Theresa Coley-Kouadio, CNM, MSN
Brittany Dawson, CNM
Lodz Joseph, CNM, MPH

Let’s Talk Generational Value
Nancy Jo Reedy, CNM, FACNM, MPH
Sharon Ann Taylor-Smalls, CNM
Zoe Gutterman, CNM
Plenary Address
Sunday, September 13, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Creating a Gender Affirming Community: Including of All Families in Midwifery Practice (1 CE)
Jamarah Amani, LM

Indra Lusero, JD, MA

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Distinguish between biological sex, gender identity and gender expression
– Identify the best practice for asking about biological sex and gender identity on health care intake forms
– Identify reasons for creating a gender affirming practice
Bonus Session
Sunday, September 13, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
From Listening to Action: Mobilizing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Evidence in Midwifery Education (1 CE)
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 (supported by a grant from the A.C.N.M. Foundation)

After this session, participants will be able to:
– List themes from existing D&I surveys completed via ACNM and other North American midwifery organizations
– Discuss how these themes inform anti-racism action in midwifery education
Jump Start Session
Monday, September 14, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Humanizing Birth, Learning, and Thinking (1 CE)
Karline Wilson-Mitchell, DNP, MSN, CNM, RN, RM, FACNM

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Define and conceptualize bias, microaggressions, and racism in anthropological terms
– Identify potential scenarios where hierarchical structures in clinical placements, institutional policies, and work environments might be causing trauma
– Identify strategies that might decolonize spaces of learning, work, and healthcare
– Provide direction for future learning activities for midwifery organizations and educators
Plenary Address
Monday, September 14, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
They Said What? Microaggressions and Inclusive Language (1 CE)
Shani Barrax Moore, CCDP, AP

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Define and understand microaggressions
– Consider the interpersonal and organizational intent and impact of microaggressions
– Identify strategies for interrupting microaggressions and using more inclusive language
Special Event: Crucial Conversations
Monday, September 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Let’s Talk Gender Identities
Raja Gopal Bhattar, PhD
Nathan Victoria, MEd, CAE

Let’s Talk Reproductive Justice
Nikia Grayson, DNP, MSN, MPH, MA, CNM, FNP-C
Suzanne Wertman, CNM, MSN
Plenary Address
Monday, September 14, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Overcoming Implicit Bias (1 CE)
Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Understand the social determinants of health inequities
– Identify tools and strategies to overcome implicit bias
– Recognize that antiracism happens on the personal level, before systems or community transformation
– Identify Respectful Care as a global maternal health concept to be adopted in the US
THE Crucial Conversation
Monday, September 14, 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM
Understanding the History of Slavery & American Gynecology
Deirdre Cooper Owens

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Describe at least one implication of historical racism on your current medical practice.
– Understand and identify how inequalities happen because of structural defects. As medical professionals, you must be able to recognize negative social determinants as structural inequalities, especially in reproductive medicine.
– Identify medical racism as a civil and human rights issue that should be mandated a public health crisis.

On-Demand Education Sessions

(1 CE each unless otherwise noted)

Anti-Racist Strategies for White Midwives: Tools for Self-Examination & Action (2 CEs)

Liz Donnelly, CNM, WHNP-BC

Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH

Signy Toquinto, CNM, WHNP, MS, MA

This session is intended for white* identified midwives committed to growing and developing their skills and capacity in anti-racism work. The webinar will offer practices for anti-racism self-examination as well as strategies and goals for active anti-racist action within midwifery, our personal lives, our practices, and ACNM.

*We recognize that race is a social construct and that many people, especially those with multiracial identities and people of color (POC) with light skin privilege, don’t fit neatly into these socially constructed racial categories. This webinar is open to people of any racial identity. The focus will be on working with those who self-identify as white to learn tools and techniques for active engagement in anti-racism work.

Confident, Foundationally Inclusive Sexual Health (1.5 CE, .25 Rx CE)
Katherine Rowe, CNM, MSN, DNP

After this session, the participant should be able to demonstrate LGBT-inclusive language surrounding the following health topics:
– Collecting a thorough sexual history
– Discussing sexual partners
– Discussing sexual orientation
– Asking a patient’s pronouns
– Asking about barrier use
– Asking about sexual practices (vaginal, oral, anal receptive or insertive sex)
– Giving your own pronouns
– Inquiring about anatomy present (ovaries/ cervix/ uterus, penis/ prostate/ testes, breasts)
– Asking if a patient has experience with sexual abuse or violence
– Your ability to find out what STI screening is most appropriate for your patient

Creating a New Learning Context: Implicit Bias and Racism as a Social Determinant of Learning
Victoria L. Baker, CNM

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Identify health inequities resulting from the implicit bias of clinical health professionals
– Identify evidence based interventions to reduce implicit bias
– Evaluate interventions to improve the academic context for diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias for use in their own environment

Fatphobia and Weight Stigma in Healthcare

Heather Bradford, CNM, ARNP, FACNM

Katie DePalma, CNM, WHNP-BC

Kaity Molé, CNM,

Signey Olson, CNM,

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Understand the concepts of fatphobia, weight stigma and weight bias including how they present in the clinical setting (overt and subtle), and impact client outcomes
– Identify the harms of a weight-loss approach, including the physical and mental health risks of chronic dieting and weight cycling
– Identify and practice ways to have a client conversation that supports weight inclusive and health promoting behaviors
– Describe the principles of the “Health at Every Size” approach

Game On: Leveraging Game-Based Learning to Accelerate Inclusive Behaviors
Blair Bloomston

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Create an environment utilizing a system of shared values and guidelines where each person is treated with respect and fairness
– Identify moments where you may be susceptible to bias and implement strategies to help mitigate these blind spots and ensure a fair playing field
– Define three phases of a communication framework that is helpful when having important, tense, or complicated conversations
– Cultivate authentic connections with others by identifying your values and what you value while focusing on what brings us together rather than what sets us apart

The Lived Experience of Students of Color in Women’s Health Programs: A Panel Discussion (no CEs)

Triana Boggs, Student Midwife

Curshelle Floyd, Student Midwife

Brittni Johnson, Student Midwife

Facilitator: Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE

ACNM is committed to the work of dismantling structural racism by recognizing and addressing historical and current racism within midwifery education, clinical practice, and institutions including ACNM. As we call on our organization, midwifery programs, and members to prioritize
supporting those who do not have the privilege of looking away from fear and trauma; we must include the voices of students in the conversation. This panel discussion will discuss the lived experience of three BIPOC students in midwifery education programs. The students will provide deep meaningful insight into their everyday realities within a racialized society. Students will share how their experiences have fostered awareness, stamina and a desire to change the status quo.

Midwifery from the Inside Out
Tara Lawal, MSM, RN

Jodilyn Owen, LM, CPM

At the end of the session the participant should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and/or skills:

  • Identify how midwives can support disadvantaged communities through collaborative care efforts
  • Describe the layout of the Birth Bundle Project, and why it is effective
  • Understand the steps being taken within the Rainier Valley Community Midwives Practice to support students and new midwives in an equitable and safe way

The Power of Language: Thinking More Critically About the Words We Use
Mikel Brand Oliver, M.Ed
Kathryn Kravetz Carr, CNM, MSN, FACNM

Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities: Overcoming Bias, Instituting Equity
J. Cody Nielsen, PhD

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Have a greater understanding of the difference in those who identify as religious, secular, and spiritual
– Understand the current demographics in the United States for religious minorities
– Have a greater understanding of the needs of women in prenatal and postnatal care as it pertains to their religious identities and practices
– Have more cultural awareness of the differences of religious minority practices based on their cultural heritage and personal practices
– Have greater ability to ask sensitive questions related to the needs of women under care as it relates to their religious, secular, and spiritual identities

A Reproductive Justice Lens to Addressing Disparities in Maternal Health and Achieving Equity
Linda Sloan Locke, CNM, MPH, LSW, FACNM

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Define Reproductive Justice
– Define Structural Racism and Structural Determinants of Health
– Define “Weathering”
– Identify the components of the Socio-Ecological model
– Identify two ways in which Implicit Bias may impact health care

What Is Race and Why Does It Matter?
Juliette G. Blount, MSN, NP

After this session, participants will be able to:
– Critically evaluate the genetics of race and race as a social construct
– Define personal racial, ethnic, and cultural identity
– Define and identify racism and implicit bias
– Define and identify social determinants of health