Policy & Advocacy Past News
- AACN Partners with NIH on All of Us Grant Program
Policy— April 18, 2018
AACN recently released a call for applications for the 2018 All of Us Research Program awarding up to seven mini-grants. The purpose of this grant is to raise awareness of the National Institutes of Health All of Us program, which sheds light onto underrepresented communities in biomedical research through engagement in the academic nursing community. Read more.
- AACN’s 2018 Spring Advocacy Day
Advocacy— April 06, 2018
On March 26, AACN’s Advocacy Day broke record attendance with 371 member deans, directors, chairs, and students visiting more than 120 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. AACN members attending the Deans Annual Meeting and students participating in the Student Policy Summit convened in Washington, DC to educate federal legislators on programs and legislation impacting nursing education, research, and care delivery.
- AACN and NLN Send Letter to Senate HELP on Higher Education Act Reauthorization
Policy— April 04, 2018
On April 3, AACN and the National League for Nursing (NLN) sent the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee a letter sharing initial perspectives on provisions included in the House’s PROSPER Act. More specifically, the two associations urge the Committee to consider how reformations to issues including federal student loan borrowing and repayment options would impact the nursing pipeline, particularly with respect to graduate nursing students.
- Record Attendance on Capitol Hill during AACN’s Spring Advocacy Day
Advocacy— April 02, 2018
On March 26, AACN’s Advocacy Day broke record attendance with 371 member deans, directors, chairs, and students visiting more than 120 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. AACN members attending the Deans Annual Meeting and students participating in the Student Policy Summit convened in Washington, DC to educate federal legislators on programs and legislation impacting nursing education, research, and care delivery. See AACN’s Spring 2018 Congressional requests.
- AACN Applauds Increases in Omnibus for Education and Research
Advocacy, Policy— March 23, 2018
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, (H.R. 1625) signed into law on March 23, funds the federal government through September 30, 2018. The omnibus package provides increased investments in nursing education and research, as well as approximately $4 billion to address the opioid crisis. Of particular interest to AACN members, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs received $249 million (a 9% increase from last year), and the National Institute of Nursing Research received $158 million (a 5% increase from last year). See AACN’s FY 2018 appropriations funding chart for more details.
- Gun Violence Research Act (H.R. 1478)
Policy— March 09, 2018
The Gun Violence Research Act would amend the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 to eliminate restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services from using federal funds to promote research on gun violence injuries and fatalities. H.R. 1478 was introduced by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) on March 9, 2017. AACN sent a letter in support of the bill given its emphasis on promoting the science behind this public health threat, especially in light of recent occurrences of gun violence in schools and campuses. Nurses are integral to both researching this issue and caring for victims of gun violence.
- Federal Officials Voice Support for Research on Gun Violence, AACN Joins with Partners
Advocacy, Policy— February 22, 2018
Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health that gun violence research is a priority for the department. However, the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 proposed a cut of $19.2 million, or 6.7%, from Fiscal Year 2017 levels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, responsible for leading research on violence prevention. Federal officials are increasingly asking to reexamine public health policies. To this end, AACN joins with the broader healthcare community in sending a letter urging Congress to provide funding for federal research and public health surveillance on firearm-related injuries.
- AACN Opposes Cuts in Healthcare Workforce and Education in President’s FY 2019 Budget
Advocacy, Policy— February 13, 2018
President Trump released the Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget yesterday, which proposes sweeping cuts to certain federal programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Education. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is gravely concerned about the impact these cuts would have on America's progress in educating the health professions workforce to deliver evidence-based care, as this denotes an historic shift away from critical investments in the academic and healthcare infrastructure. Read the full press release.
- Honoring Black History Month: Spotlight on Nurses in Policy
Policy— February 07, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, Washington Weekly will be featuring the accomplishments of African American nurses who have shaped health policy. Coinciding with this year’s theme for Black History Month, African Americans in Times of War, AACN highlights Hazel Johnson-Brown, who was the first African American woman to become a Brigadier General in the United States Army. Read more.
- President Trump’s First SOTU Addresses Opioid Crisis in Healthcare Agenda
Advocacy, Policy— January 31, 2018
President Trump delivered his first formal State of the Union address on January 30 before a joint session of Congress. In his speech, the President set his healthcare priorities: lowering drug prices, combating the opioid crisis, and expanding “right-to-try laws.” Although addiction treatment was not a major talking point, the President emphasized the need for tougher actions on illegal suppliers. Read more in Washington Weekly.