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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published May 01, 2019

Distinguished Nursing Leaders Share Their Perspectives on Advancing Policy and Amplifying the Nursing Voice

On April 30, AACN attended the panel discussion “Celebrating Nursing: Perspective on the Profession,” hosted by Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Moderated by the dean, Dr. Patricia Cloonan, the event featured Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), as well as Dr. Patricia Grady, Director Emerita of the National Institute of Nursing Research, Dr. Mary Wakefield, former Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maria Gomez, President and CEO of Mary’s Center, and Ms. Eileen Ferrell, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

The panelists shared their perspectives on nursing’s contributions to the advancement of health care and the immense impact that elevating the nursing voice has on changing health policy. In response to a question from the audience on how nursing students can be more engaged in advocacy, Representative Underwood urged nurses to get involved in professional associations’
advocacy activities. Sign up for
AACN’s Grassroots Network to receive
opportunities to engage in policy on the federal level.

All of Us Research Program to Celebrate First Anniversary

The All of Us Research Program will celebrate its one-year anniversary on May 6. Launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Precision Medicine Initiative to address gender, racial, and geographic gaps in medical research, All of Us has registered over 200,000 people across the nation. The program aims to include at least one million participants in its database so that researchers can use the collected data to develop personalized treatments for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.

In a continued partnership with NIH, AACN has awarded $215,000 in mini-grants to 17 of its member schools to raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program with the end goal of increasing participation of underrepresented communities in biomedical research. View the impact of the AACN led mini-grants program here.

On May 6, AACN will join NIH in Bethesda, Maryland for a symposium marking the one-year anniversary of the All of Us Research Program. This event will highlight the actions taken to build engaged and diverse participant communities and the potential for scientific impact.
For information,
view upcoming events on the NIH website.

House Appropriations LHHS-ED Subcommittee Considers FY 2020 Funding Levels

On April 29, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) Subcommittee released bill text and a summary for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill. The release of this text was ahead of the subcommittee markup on Tuesday, April 30. We are pleased to see increased funding levels for the National Institutes of Health, which received $41.084 billion (a $2 billion, or 5.12%, increase), the National Institute of Nursing Research, which received $170.958 million (a nearly $8 million, or 4.89%, increase), and the All of Us Precision Medicine Research Initiative, which received $500 million. Additionally, the Department of Education had a topline proposed FY 2020 funding level of $75.9 billion, an approximate 6% increase. A more detailed breakdown and report is expected as the House Appropriations full committee marks up the LHHS-ED FY 2020 proposal next week. AACN will continue to monitor as additional details come out in regards to our key programs of interest, including Title VIII.

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