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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Launches New Africa Maternal-Child Health International Leadership Academy

Julie J. Adams, Sigma Theta Tau International    
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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Launches New Africa Maternal-Child Health International Leadership Academy
Premier nurse leadership academy is a long-standing partnership with Johnson & Johnson
INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announced today that due to the overwhelming success of the organization’s pilot Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy in South Africa, STTI — in partnership with Johnson & Johnson — is accepting applications for its new three-country 2014 cohort. Nurses in the 2013 cohort from Malawi, South Africa, and Uganda will participate in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa, which begins 6 August. 
Prospective mentor/mentee (scholar) pairs may submit applications for the Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy - Africa’s 2014-2015 cohort from 6 August 2013 through 31 December 2013. This cohort, consisting of 10 pairs, will begin in early 2014. Program details, including information about identifying a potential mentor or mentee, are available at
About the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy
Since its inception in 2004, STTI’s Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson has prepared more than 90 nurses and midwives who lead health care teams toward improving maternal-child health in communities across Canada, Europe, the United States, and now Africa. Through leadership lessons, self-assessment, interdisciplinary team development, and project management, the 18-month mentored leadership development program challenges nurses to implement change within their organizations.
Partnered with a nurse mentor, mentees (called “scholars”) are led through a curriculum designed to develop leadership in action through projects that improve the overall health of mothers, babies, and children. Goals include:
• Influencing maternal-child health care practices within varied settings, serving hundreds to tens of thousands of mothers and children
• Improving maternal-child health mortality and morbidity rates through nursing leadership
• Growing and empowering nurses for leadership in prenatal care for rural clinics
• Benefiting facilities through the retention of experienced nurses and midwives
About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s commitment to global health
STTI is committed to advancing global health — and particularly maternal-child health — due in part to the organization’s affiliation with the United Nations (U.N.). STTI has been granted consultative status for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which allows the honor society to participate, present written contributions, and make statements to the council and its subsidiary bodies. This U.N. association demonstrates STTI’s commitment to the Charter of the U.N. and the Millennium Development Goals, which seek to achieve international cooperation toward solving humanitarian and health issues. The Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy directly supports Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
“It’s shocking that, given all the advances in modern medicine, women and girls — particularly those in economically disadvantaged areas — die in pregnancy or childbirth worldwide every day. Nurses are the frontline leaders to save mothers and babies, not only as clinicians but as leaders who can improve the health care system. STTI’s Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa is aligned with Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals for maternal and child health,” said Johnson & Johnson Executive Director for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Worldwide Corporate Contributions Joy Marini, PA-C, MS, MBA.
“We are grateful to Johnson & Johnson for their partnership in the development of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy in Africa. Their investment in these nurse and midwife leaders makes it possible to improve the health of mothers and children worldwide,” said STTI President Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI.
For 90 years, STTI has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing. The honor society provides its members with exclusive programs, resources, and opportunities, including international leadership academies such as the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa.
About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
STTI’s International Leadership Institute offers leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, and career development resources designed to enhance STTI members’ leadership skills, individual abilities, and talents. The STTI International Leadership Institute administers academies and mentoring programs in maternal-child health, board leadership, geriatric nursing leadership, leadership development, and nurse faculty leadership. 

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