Health Policy & Advocacy

2017 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

Advocacy Headline News

ITA Update: A Fond Farewell
In July, the Indoor Tanning Association Board of Directors voted to end operations and dissolve the corporation. Although it was a necessary decision, I’m reminded at this moment of all that was accomplished over these last 18 years since the ITA was founded, and the many successes and legislative victories that highlighted our journey together.
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Commitment to America’s Health - A Consensus Statement from the Nursing Community
As the White House and Congress debate health care reform, the Nursing Community believes that thoughtful debate and due process are essential to addressing a policy of this magnitude.
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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.

News Highlights

Majority of Americans Want Congress to Increase Medical Research Funding; Oppose President's Proposed NIH Budget Cuts

Ninety Percent of Voters Say Funding Medical Research is "Very" or "Extremely" Important! DNA and our advocacy partners at OVAC (One Voice Against Cancer) agree! Continue funding for cancer research and cancer prevention.

Read more in this press release:
OVAC Poll Release 2017

News Archives

Past Advocacy Articles

HPAC Members

Katrina Masterson, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, DCNP, Co-Chair Nina V. MacDonald, RN BScN DNC
Kathy Gross, RN, BSN, DNC, Liaison Sue A. McCann, MSN, RN, DNC
Casey E. Barker, BSN, RN, DNC Kay Nannet, RNC, NP, DCNP
Karen Fairbrother, BSN CDE DNC Heather L. Roebuck, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Maura A. Flynn, RN, MPP, DNC Bonita Weyrauch, RN, CWS, CCT
Angela Hamilton, FNP-C  

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.