Myers-Ciecko, Jo Anne

  • Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.  She was a founding member of MEAC in 1991 and has participated in the accreditation review of eighteen different institutions and programs over the last ten years.  She represented MEAC on the coordinating committee of the National Certification Taskforce, which established standards for Certified Professional Midwives in 1994.  Prior to assuming a staff position at MEAC, Jo Anne spent twenty years as Executive Director at the Seattle Midwifery School.  She also held a faculty position, teaching a series of courses on professional issues, including history, ethics, legal requirements, health policy, professional associations and business.   She was an invited participant in the Carnegie Foundation’s National Seminars on Midwifery Education in 1989-90, a member of the Pew Foundation/UCSF Center for the Health Profession’s Task Force on the Future of Midwifery in 1998, and the Task Force on Emerging Health Professions in 2000.  In Washington State, she has served as an advisor to the Statewide Health Personnel Resource Plan, the Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program, the Statewide Perinatal Advisory Committee and the Insurance Commissioner’s Workgroup on the Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  She has chaired the Washington State Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and Health Alliance International, a private organization providing assistance to maternal-child health projects in Africa and Asia.  She received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington.