July 2022

Advocacy & Engagement

NCC Sends Letter Supporting Legislation that Improves Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers
On July 28, fifty-one members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting consideration and passage of H.R. 6087, the Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act. This bipartisan legislation would retire outdated barriers in the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) that limit the ability of NPs to provide care and treatment for injured or ill federal employees.

Events & Meetings

The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) held its last monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Nominate a Nurse

Please see opportunities to nominate a nurse to a federal council, committee, or task force below
Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, Nominations should be received no later than September 17, 2022.
Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment, Nominations should be received no later than October 1, 2022.

NCC Connections

Check out the NCC’s FY 2023 Funding Chart with the latest funding amounts from the Senate LHHS-ED FY23 draft spending bill.

Check out the NCC’s brochure with updated funding numbers for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and NINR

In Case You Missed It…

HPAC Projects

  • Support nursing within the Nursing Community
  • Support cancer research, prevention, and education with One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC)
  • Support State  Legislation to  prohibit tanning bed use by Children with The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ACS CAN
  • Support The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association SUNucate

HPAC Purpose and Objectives

To promote awareness within the DNA of issues and concerns in the area of Health Policy and Advocacy that assists DNA and it’s members to achieve their strategic goal of effectively advocating for members, patients, and the general public by:

1. Increasing membership involvement and understanding in health policy and advocacy efforts.
2. Acting as a resource for information on issues related to health policy and advocacy.
3. Working with members to investigate, consider, report, and act on advocacy issues commensurate with DNA’s Strategic plan.
4. Facilitating membership awareness, discussions, and activities.

HPAC Members
Maura A. Flynn, RN, MPP, DNC, Chair
Nancy Smail, RN, BOD Liaison
Karen Fairbrother, BSN, CDE, DNC
Elizabeth Fildes, LPN
Gayle Peterson, RN-BL

Advocacy Toolkit
The DNA’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee has partnered with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to assemble documents that you can use as a tool to have your voice heard by your local legislation and Washington, DC. We hope this “toolkit” serves as an additional resource for DNA members to better advocate on behalf of their patients. Click on any of the following links to view the resources / templates available for use:

Health Policy Resources
Sample Hill Letter – Title VIII Programs
Sample Letter to the Editor – NP Scope of Practice
Sample Talking Points – UV Treatment Access
Sample Testimony – Indoor Tanning Ban for Minors
Top Ten Tips for Calling Your Members of Congress
Top Ten Tips for Effectively Using a Town Hall Meeting
Top Ten Tip for Writing to Elected Officials

The DNA Advocacy Toolkit was funded through a grant from Stiefel, a GSK company.

Sign-on Letters/Advocacy Information