CAM-Global is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Johnson has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the CAM Global Health Symposium on October 17.
Dr. Sebalda Leshabari and Dr. Karline Wilson-Mitchell will deliver opening remarks.
Dr. Peter Johnson (Jhpiego), CNM, PhD, FACNM
Striving for a Robust Midwifery Workforce
Dr. Peter Johnson has worked for Jhpiego, an international NGO affiliated with Johns Hopkins University since 2006. He served as Director of Global Learning until 2017.
In 2015, Peter assumed a concurrent role as Director of Nursing and Midwifery. In August 2018, he was promoted to the role of Senior Director of Nursing and Midwifery, where he assumes overall responsibility for shaping Jhpiego’s strategic support to nursing and midwifery workforce development in low and middle income nations. In his role, he supports over 1000 midwives and nurses working within Jhpiego’s global organization.
With a PhD in Educational Psychology and 20 years of experience in higher education, Peter leads efforts to strengthen Jhpiego’s learning activities worldwide, including innovative approaches to strengthening education, ensuring educational quality through regulatory accreditation and licensure, and promoting capacity approaches that result in sustained ability to provide quality care. Peter works with ministries of health and education to strengthen the policy framework supporting professional midwifery education. Dr. Johnson’s leadership role includes coordination with the International Council of Nurses, International Confederation of Midwives, WHO, UN agencies and other global and regional partners interested in promoting a high quality nursing and midwifery workforce in low and middle income countries.
Dr. Sebalda Leshabari PhD, RN/RM, BA, MPH
Dr. Leshabari is an internationally recognized leader in midwifery education, practice and research at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she is a Senior Lecturer and General Secretary for Tanzania Midwives Association.
She is the winner of the 2016 Midwives4all Prize, a certificate of recognition, awarded by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to an exceptional midwife who has demonstrated her/his achievements as a change-agent in the midwifery profession through education, provision of services, regulation, research, midwifery association development, and/or advocacy in her country.
As a change agent, Dr. Leshabari has spearheaded adaption of ICM Competencies into National Scope of Midwifery practice in Tanzania mainland, including Zanzibar. She is still leading dissemination of these competencies throughout the country. She has led several projects for teaching rural, unsupervised midwives for them to provide quality midwifery care. She strives for long-life midwifery education – encourage midwives to grow through higher learning. She proposed and developed the MSc. Midwifery curriculum at MUHAS and it has been a popular program with many applicants at Muhimbili University since it was introduced in 2014. Dr. Leshabari has worked as a Principal Investigator in various research and projects.
Dr. Karline Wilson-Mitchell, PhD, DrNP, CNM, RN, RM
Dr. Karline Wilson-Mitchell DrNP, CNM, RN, RM has practiced midwifery in the US and Canada since 1992 in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Ontario and Northern Quebec (Nunavik).
She has taught in the MEP at Ryerson University since 2008. She also serves on the Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators (the Board and Accreditation Committee). She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (Division of Global health and Midwives of Color Committee). Her doctoral studies placed a heavy emphasis on midwifery education. And her capstone project focused on perceptions of Jamaican midwives of barriers to delivery of respectful maternity care.
Karline’s advocacy for vulnerable families propelled her into global health and health policy research. She’s participated with Tanzanian and Zambian midwives in the ICM Twinning Project. She’s also volunteered in Jamaica, Tanzania and Burundi. As a CAM consultant she has collaborated with the Tanzania Midwives Association in an intellectual partnership that produced set of workshops and companion facilitator and participants’ manuals to deliver respectful maternity care content to over 170 midwives in the Lake and Western Zones of Tanzania. She is currently working with the South Sudanese midwives to develop a tutor’s manual to deliver their new three-year curriculum as well as association strengthening.
Some of this work has been published in:
- Wilson-Mitchell, K., Robinson, J., Sharpe, M. (2018). Teaching Respectful Maternity Care using an Intellectual Partnership Model in Tanzania, J of Midwifery, 60:26-29.
- Wilson-Mitchell, K., Marowitz, A. Lori, J. (2018). Midwives’ Perceptions of Barriers to Respectful Maternity Care for Adolescents Mothers in Jamaica: A Qualitative Study. International J. of Childbirth 8(1).
- Wilson-Mitchell, K., Eustace, L, Robinson, J. Shemdoe, A, Simba, S. (2018 in press). Overview of Literature on RMC and Applications to Tanzania. J of Reproductive Health