Jhpiego's Johnson and Hardtman honored by American College of Nurse-Midwives

Lifetime Visionary Award and Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award announced at annual meeting

The American College of Nurse-Midwives has awarded its Lifetime Visionary Award to Peter G. Johnson, a certified nurse-midwife, educator, and global health leader who has devoted his career to advancing the profession and practice from Afghanistan to Zambia to improve health for all. ACNM announced the award at its 66th Annual Meeting in May.

Peter G. Johnson and Pandora Hardtman

Image caption: Peter G. Johnson and Pandora Hardtman

Johnson, who was Jhpiego's top nursing and midwifery adviser until his retirement in the spring, served on numerous global committees and collaborated with colleagues at the International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organization, United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF to strengthen and raise the profile of midwifery worldwide and reinforce practice regulations. A researcher and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Johnson strengthened midwifery educational systems on three continents, while promoting the next generation of midwifery leaders. His focus throughout has been woman-centered care to improve access and ensure high-quality services.

Pandora Hardtman, a midwife educator and global consultant who succeeded Johnson as Jhpiego's chief nursing and midwifery officer, received the ACNM Foundation's prestigious Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award for her vision, leadership, and innovation in elevating midwifery. A member of the International Confederation of Midwives Board and a Hopkins School of Nursing alumna, Hardtman maintains a clinical practice in Atlanta and has served the global nursing and midwifery community for more than two decades.

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