Advocacy

April 2022

Advocacy & Engagement

NCC Sends FY 2023 Appropriations Requests to House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittees
On April 11, fifty-eight members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies outlining the funding requests of $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for FY 2023.

NCC Sends Letter to Congress on COVID-19 Waivers
On April 25, forty-nine members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter urging Congress to take action to make waivers permanent beyond this Public Health Emergency (PHE).

90 Representatives Support FY 2023 Funding for Title VIII in House Dear Colleague Letter
On April 27, ninety Representatives signed onto a House Dear Colleague letter circulated by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) requesting $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2023.

Events & Meetings

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

The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) held a Member-Only Event with RADM Aisha Mix on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Thank you to the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze NCC members who attended the call.

NCC Connections

American Nurses Foundation’s Pulse on the Nation’s Nurses Survey Series: COVID-19 Two-Year Impact Assessment Survey. Click here to learn more and see the survey results.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Hear Us Out campaign raises awareness on the nursing shortage. Check out the toolkit on how to become a nurse ally during this public health emergency.Hear Us Out campaign raises awareness on the nursing shortage. Check out the toolkit on how to become a nurse ally during this public health emergency.

In Case You Missed It…

2022 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle is now open. Deadline to apply is May 5th. Click here for more details and information on upcoming webinars.

Health Affairs’ article to note: A Worrisome Drop In The Number Of Young Nurses.” 

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