Faculty

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Susan Altman

DNP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director, Nurse-Midwifery

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433 First Avenue
Room 531
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Susan Altman, DNP, CNM, FACNM, is director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program and clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She has practiced full-scope midwifery for more than 16 years. Her formal teaching and many years of precepting midwifery students in the clinical setting have helped her realize the importance of her role in educating midwives who will, in the future, promote excellence and leadership in all areas of midwifery and women's health. 

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU Meyers, Altman was an adjunct professor in both the Graduate Midwifery and Graduate Women’s Health programs at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Altman received a DNP and MS in midwifery from SUNY at Stony Brook, an MA in community health education from Adelphi University, a BS in nursing from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a BA in physical therapy from Hunter College.

Education

DNP, Midwifery - SUNY at Stony Brook (2009)
MS, Midwifery - SUNY at Stony Brook (1997)
MA, Community Health Education - Adelphi University (1985)
BS, Nursing - SUNY at Stony Brook (1994)
BA, Physical Therapy - Hunter College (1980)

Specialties

Women's health
Midwifery
Maternal global health

Professional membership

American College of Nurse-Midwives
Long Island Midwives (Former Executive Board Member)
National Perinatal Association (Formal Executive Board Member)
New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM)
New York State Perinatal Association
NYC Midwives

Honors and awards

Faculty Honors Awards

NYC Remarkable Midwife (2019)
Fellow, American College of Nurse Midwives (2018)
Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society (2004)

Publications

Publications

Integrating Oral Health Curricula into Midwifery Graduate Programs: Results of a US Survey

Haber, J., Dolce, M. C., Hartnett, E., Savageau, J. A., Altman, S., Lange-Kessler, J., & Silk, H. (2019). Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 64(4), 462-471. 10.1111/jmwh.12974
Abstract
Introduction: Midwives are a significant segment of the US maternal and primary health care workforce and play a pivotal role in addressing women's oral health care needs during pregnancy and throughout their life span. The purpose of this research was to assess oral health curricular integration in midwifery programs and examine factors that influence integration and satisfaction with graduates’ level of oral health competence. Methods: A cross-sectional, national survey of midwifery programs was conducted using an electronically distributed 19-item, self-administered questionnaire completed by the Directors of Midwifery Education. Data analysis included univariate and bivariate statistics. Results: All of the responding midwifery programs (N = 33) were educating their graduates about oral health; however, less than a quarter (22.6%) of program directors were satisfied with their graduates’ competency. Significant factors promoting integration were routine teaching by a dental professional and a formal relationship with a dental school, dental residency, or dental hygiene program. Programs with 4 or more hours of oral health curriculum were more likely to have a faculty oral health champion, use simulation in evaluation of their learners, and include interprofessional oral health education. Discussion: With adequate oral health education, midwives are ideally positioned to integrate oral health in pregnancy care as well as well woman care throughout the life span, thereby expanding access to oral health care.