Fall Update from the ACNM National Government Affairs Committee (NGAC)
Hello my fellow California midwives!
This is your fall update regarding national level policy and advocacy from the ACNM National Government Affairs Committee (NGAC) and how you can get involved in this work.
First order of business: I am actively seeking someone to replace me in my role as your NGAC representative, since I will be transitioning into my new role as CNMA President Elect. Please let me know if you would like more information about this fun and exciting opportunity!
National level Advocacy has been hard at work since the annual meeting.
We completed our fourth successful Off The Hill Week. Do you want to join in the next one? Dates are January 6th-10th.
FY 2020 Appropriations are in process the House Bill allots $2.5 million allocated to accredited midwifery education programs under the Title VII scholarships for disadvantaged students program. This funding would enable CNM, CM and CPM students to apply for scholarships through their institution. Eligible entities must establish or have a program in place for recruiting and retaining midwifery students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups.
Out legislative push for the year is the Midwives for MOMs Bill HR 3849. We need midwives writing letters, calling and making visits. This bill allots for an expansion of an accredited nurse-midwifery school or program. The bill also increases the number of preceptors at clinical training sites to precept students training to become CNMs. It prioritizes programs that seek to increase racial and ethnic representation and those who agree to serve in a HPSA. This is how we increase our workforce! More information on this bill is below.
Work is being done on a national level midwifery Privileging bill. More to come on this in the coming months!