News Release: School of Nursing

May 20,  2011

American College of Nurse-Midwives Elects Emory Nursing Professor

News Article ImageJennifer Foster, PhD, RN

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) will induct Emory University maternal and newborn health researcher Jennifer Foster into its 2011 Fellowship class at the organization's 56th Annual Conference in San Antonio on May 25.

Foster was elected because of her clinical work to establish the first midwifery practice on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. She also was chosen because of advancements in woman-centered care in maternal health services in Latin America and her improvements in the quality of maternal care using a community-based participatory research approach.

Fellows are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals whose leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship and professional achievement have merited special recognition within and outside of the midwifery profession. Induction into the ACNM Fellowship is considered one of the highest honors for nurse-midwives.

"I am honored to be inducted into the Fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives," Foster said. "I am proud to be a member of a group with national distinction and stand alongside with my extraordinary colleagues at Emory's School of Nursing who are also fellows."

Since joining Emory's School of Nursing in 2007, Foster has been a pioneer in reducing health disparities for underserved populations in Latin America. She recently led a National Institutes of Health study in the Dominican Republic, aimed at training nurses and community workers to interpret perceptions about the quality of maternal health services and disseminate their findings to mobilize community change.

Foster received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Rochester. She earned a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the University of Mississippi. Her doctoral degree in anthropology is from the University of Massachusetts.

She is a life member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, an active member of the Global Alliance of Nursing and Midwifery, the American Anthropological Association, the American Public Health Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.

ACNM is the oldest women's health care association in the United States. The organization has inducted more than 200 fellows who have made extraordinary contributions to midwifery since 1994. Foster is the fifth faculty member from the Emory School of Nursing to be inducted into the ACNM fellowship. Other fellows include Clinical Assistant Professor Joyce King, Clinical Associate Professor Maureen Kelley, Clinical Associate Professor Jane Mashburn and Associate Professor Lynn Sibley.

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