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Health Policy & Advocacy Committee

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.

If you are interested in more information or have any questions, please contact DNA via email: dna@dnanurse.org.


The Senate has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5! Of specific relevance to OVAC, the bill includes $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institute of Health, including $1.8 billion for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

It is also important to note that Congressional appropriators released a new Continuing Resolution (CR) last night which includes the $352 million in FY17 Cures funding for the NIH in the CR being voted on later this week. This will allow NIH and NCI to begin spending the Cures money immediately even while the agency budget remains otherwise flat-funded through at least the end of April as a result of the CR.

Thank you to everyone who has worked on this bill over the past two years and who has helped build support for it. It is important that OVAC members thank House and Senate Leadership as well as the bill’s sponsors for their work on the bill and appropriations chairs and ranking members for including Cures and moonshot funding in the CR.

21st Century Cures now goes to the president to be signed into law which he is expected to do quickly. View the full press release.

Health Policy & Advocacy Committee Members

Maura A. Flynn, RN, MPP, DNC, Chair
Angela Hamilton, FNP-C, BOD Liason
Brian Coleman, RN
Karen Fairbrother, BSN, CDE, DNC
Nina V. MacDonald, RN BScN, DNC
Katrina Masterson, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, DCNP
Sue A. McCann, MSN, RN, DNC
Kay Nannet, RNC, NP, DCNP
Casey E Schwantes, BSN, RN, DNC
Jessica Simmons,MSN, APN, FNP-C, CWON, DNC
Nancy Smail, RN