September 2021

Advocacy & Engagement

NCC Urges House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to Advance the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act
On September 14, fifty-three members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee urging them to support and advance S.1220/H.R.2568 – United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act of 2021.

NCC Statement on House Energy and Commerce Committee Markup
On September 17, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) issued a statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced their piece of the Build Back Better Act.

Events & Meetings
• The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) held its last monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Mark Your Calendar
• Virtual Congressional Briefing on the Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030
o On Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (ET), the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will host a virtual congressional briefing on the key findings and recommendations of The Future of Nursing 2020 – 2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity.
o Register Today! Click here to register for the event before the October 1st deadline.
• October 2021 Nursing Community Coalition Meeting
o Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)
o This meeting is open to ALL NCC Members.

NCC Connections
• October 24-27: APHA 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo. Register now.

In Case You Missed It…
President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan is a six-pronged comprehensive strategy to combat COVID-19, especially as the Delta variant continues to spread.
President Biden’s American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities Plan includes many priorities, including funding for public health workforce preparedness.
GAO Report on Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program was recently released. The report examined the impact of adding for-profit hospitals to the Nurse Corps Program’s list of eligible entities. The GAO concluded that there is not enough data, at this time, to fully determine the impact.
The National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Podcast is an eight-part series featuring frontline nurses and other health experts, who shared their stories and experiences on how to advance health equity. Tune in today!

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
Jessica Simmons, MSN, APN, FNP-C, CWON, DNC

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