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Maternal health equity at the heart of Frontier Nursing University’s virtual event

FNU Hosts Free Virtual Event in Honor of National Midwifery Week

FNU Empower Virtual Event 2022

Celebrate National Midwifery Week

Versailles, Ky., Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Midwifery Week is the first week of October, and Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is celebrating by hosting a virtual event, Empower 2022, from Oct. 3-5. october. Crystal Pirtle Tyler PhD, MPH, will deliver the event’s keynote on October 3 at 5 p.m. ET, along with a session on equity in maternal health. Empower 2022 is presented by Southern Cross Insurance Solutions. Those interested in participating are asked to register at

Dr. Tyler has over 15 years of experience promoting equity in reproductive and maternal health. She is currently Director of Health at Rhia Ventures. In her keynote, she will address the complex history of race and reproduction in the United States that has led to negative health outcomes for women and other people of color who give birth.

The Frontier Nursing University virtual event features three sessions on the latest practices and topics impacting nursing-midwifery and includes a continuing education opportunity:

MAIN SESSION – Do No Harm: Advancing Reproductive and Maternal Health Equity
Monday, October 3, 5-6 p.m. ET
Presenter: Dr. Crystal Pirtle Tyler
Dr. Tyler will discuss the role of reproductive and maternal health practitioners and how to address historical harms whose effects are still evident today. This lecture will provide historical context on reproductive oppression and discuss the role of the practitioner in promoting equity in reproductive and maternal health.

So… you want to be a nurse-midwife?
Tuesday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET
Presenters: FNU faculty members, Dr. Eileen Thrower, Dr. Noelle Jacobsen and Dr. Jeneen A. Lomax
The FNU Faculty of Nurse Midwives will explore the roles, experiences, joys and challenges of a career as a certified nurse midwife. Presenters will discuss the path nurses can take to advanced nursing practice and what to expect once they get there.

FREE CE SESSION – The Sixth Vital Sign: Strategies to Integrate, Standardize and Normalize Depression Care
Wednesday, October 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET
Presenter: Dr. Ann Schaeffer, FNU Faculty Member
In this interactive session, Dr. Schaeffer will explore best practices for depression screening and care, applying the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model to standardize screening depression and holistic treatment planning for diverse people using shared decision making. Model making.

National Midwifery Week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwifery care. The ACNM and its more than 6,500 member midwives, physicians and women’s health organizations observe National Midwifery Week each year.

The ACNM theme this year is “Midwives for Justice,” as midwives are committed to providing equitable, ethical, accessible and quality health care for all. As the ACNM notes, midwives fight for justice on many fronts, from ending racial discrimination to supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and more.

Frontier Nursing University has over 80 years of experience delivering graduate programs in nursing and midwifery. FNU has held the virtual event in honor of nurse midwives for eight consecutive years.


About Frontier University of Nursing:

FNU’s mission is to provide accessible education for nurse midwives and nurse practitioners to prepare competent, enterprising, ethical and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with a focus on women and families in diverse, rural and underserved populations. FNU offers distance education programs for graduate nurse midwives and nurse practitioners that can be taken full-time or part-time with the student’s home community serving as the classroom. Degrees and options offered include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Graduate Certificates. In 2021 and 2022, Frontier was named a “Great College to Work For” by the Great Colleges to Work For® program. To learn more about FNU and the programs and degrees it offers, please visit


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