Joyce E. Thompson papers
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Joyce E. Thompson, DrPH, CNM, FAAN, RN, is an internationally recognized figure in midwifery, women’s health, nursing and health care ethics. She earned her BSN and MPH from the University of Michigan, a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the Maternity Center Association, a DrPH from Columbia University, and a certificate in bioethics from Georgetown University.
Dr. Thompson has had over 40 years in midwifery practice, including sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, teaching and consulting, with a driving focus on promoting Safe Motherhood to all women throughout the world. In addition, she is dedicated to midwifery education and promoting the preparation of teachers for health care professions. Dr. Thompson conducted the 2 year Delphi study for the International Confederation of Midwives that resulted in the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education, approved in December 2010. Dr. Thompson is Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania and Western Michigan University. During her 23 years at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Thompson held the positions of Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. She established and directed the first basic nurse-midwifery program in Pennsylvania, the master’s program in health leadership, and the Teacher Education Program, which prepared advanced practice nurses and midwives to teach in both classroom and clinical settings. In addition, Dr. Thompson headed the Penn-Malawi “Women for Women’s Health” project for 12 years.
Among Dr. Thompson’s many awards and honors is the Phyllis N. Stern Distinguished Lectureship Award, which she received from the International Council on Women’s Health Issues. Dr. Thompson was President of the ACNM, Director of the ICM Board of Management, and Vice-Chair of the WHO advisory group on nursing and midwifery. She has many publications to date and in 2015 published a collaborative book, A History of Midwifery in the United States: The Midwife Said Fear Not on the history of midwifery in the U.S. and the history of the International Confederation of Midwives.
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