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Governance: Sister Organization Liaison

Purpose

Lamaze International has relationships with several sister organizations, which have asked to have official representatives appointed as liaisons with the Lamaze International and its Board of Directors. This policy outlines the purpose, term, responsibilities and compensation for these appointed liasions.

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services

Purpose

Lamaze International will appoint a representative to serve as the Lamaze International/CIMS Liaison at the annual CIMS meeting.

Term

The CIMS Liaison appointment is for a two-year term, appointed by the President.

Responsibilities

The CIMS Liaison is responsible for attending the CIMS annual meeting and producing a written CIMS report to be distributed to the Board of Directors in a timely manner after the meeting.

Expense Reimbursement

The CIMS Liaison will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend CIMS meetings consistent with the Lamaze International Travel Reimbursement Policy, and within the allocated budget.

United States Breastfeeding Committee

Purpose

Lamaze International will appoint two representatives (one delegate and one alternate delegate as expected of the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s member organizations) to serve as Lamaze International’s representatives at the United States Breastfeeding Committee meetings, which occur two times a year.

Term

The United States Breastfeeding Committee Liaison appointments are for two-year terms. The delegate shall be the Coordinator of the Breastfeeding Curriculum, and the alternate shall beappointed by the President.

Responsibilities

The United States Breastfeeding Committee Liaison is responsible for attending the United States Breastfeeding Committee meetings and producing a written United States Breastfeeding Committee report to be distributed to the Board of Directors in a timely manner after the meetings.

Expense Reimbursement

The United States Breastfeeding Committee Liaison will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend the annual United States Breastfeeding Committee meeting consistent with the Lamaze International Travel Reimbursement Policy, and within the allocated budget.

Joint Commission (JCAHO)

Purpose

Lamaze International will appoint one representative to serve as a representative to the Joint Commission Liaison Network.

Term

The Joint Commission Liaison Network appointment is for a two-year term, appointed by the President.

Responsibilities

The Liaison Network ensures that The Joint Commission receives important input when developing its services and products and helps maintain and strengthen the relationships between The Joint Commission and over 230 health care organizations. The intent is to build relationships with organizations in the Network by sharing information about the quality and safety of patient care. An Invitational Liaison Forum is held annually to inform members about the current Joint Commission initiatives and to solicit feedback from participating organizations on the latest trends affecting their organizations. Throughout the year, Liaison Network members receive newsletters, field reviews, and informational materials to keep them up to date.

Expense Reimbursement

The Liaison Network representative will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend the annual Invitational Liaison Forum consistent with the Lamaze International Travel Reimbursement Policy, and within the allocated budget.

National Quality Forum (NQF)

Purpose

Lamaze International will appoint one representative to serve as a representative to the National Quality Forum.

Term

The NQF representative appointment is for a two-year term, appointed by the President.

Responsibilities

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting. The Lamaze representative is responsible for monitoring NQF activities and coordinating a response to developing and endorsing voluntary consensus standards, including performance measures, measurement frameworks, preferred practices, or reporting guidelines.

Expense Reimbursement

The NQF representative will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend the annual National Quality Forum meeting consistent with the Lamaze International Travel Reimbursement Policy, and within the allocated budget.

Other Board Liaisons

When other such liaison positions are requested of Lamaze International the request will be forwarded to the board for approval, along with the estimated financial impact, and the President will make the appointment considering the expertise required by the position.

Approved: August 2002
Revised: September 2008