Susan Kendig, JD, WHNP-BC, FAANP is a Women’s Health Integration Specialist with SSM Health Maternal Services, St. Louis, MO, and serves as Director of Policy, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). Prior to joining SSM Health, Sue was a teaching professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she led the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program for almost two decades. Active in public service, she has held appointments to CMS Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and served on National Quality Forum (NQF) Measures Application Partnership (NQF MAP) Medicaid Adult Workgroup; Social Determinants of Health Data Integration Workgroup; and Perinatal and Women’s Health Standing Committee.
Sue is an active member of the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) national partners group and Executive Committee, and a technical consultant to the AIM Community Care Initiative (AIM CCI). She has significant experience in patient safety bundle development, serving as co-lead in developing maternal safety bundles related to maternal mental health, postpartum and women’s health care. She is a member of the Women’s Preventive Services (WPSI) Advisory Panel, which guides a HRSA funded collaborative interdisciplinary effort to develop, review, update and disseminate recommendations for women’s preventive health care services. In 2021, Sue led development and launch of Nurses Improving the Environmental Health of Women and Children (NIHWC), a collaborative effort of NPWH and the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment (ANHE) and serves as co-chair of March of Dimes M-BAN Environmental Justice Workgroup.
In Missouri, she was an appointee to the Missouri Commission on Patient Safety, the Missouri Health Connection Board of Directors, and the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality and is currently Vice Chairperson of the Missouri Women’s Health Council. At home in St. Louis, Sue is honored to support local health initiatives through service on the St. Louis City Board of Health and Hospitals, and as a founding member and Immediate Past Chairperson, Board of Directors for Generate Health STL, a St. Louis based coalition dedicated to achieving “zero racial disparities” in birth outcomes.
She is committed to the concept of clinical and community integration as a tool to improve women’s health outcomes, and to optimize quality and equity in health care service delivery. To this end, she has provided technical assistance to integrated primary care medical home/behavioral health home and other value-based care initiatives, and collective impact maternal and infant mortality reduction efforts in urban and rural communities.