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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published November 20, 2019

AACN Government Affairs Committee Chair Testifies before the House Committee on Small Business

On November 13, Dr. Nancy Fahrenwald, Dean and Professor at the Texas A&M University College of Nursing, and the Chair of AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, testified in front of the House Committee on Small Business. The hearing, titled Upskilling the Medical Workforce: Opportunities in Health Innovation, analyzed ways the healthcare workforce utilizes technologies to educate future clinicians and helps to provide the highest quality of care to patients across the nation.

Dr. Fahrenwald had the opportunity to discuss how technological innovations are supplementing and enhancing academic nursing and how nursing education is at the forefront of health innovation. During the hearing, Dr. Fahrenwald highlighted the Texas A&M University’s Clinical Learning Resource Center, which is leading the way with simulated labs that allow the next generation of nurses to hone their clinical skills with instructional technology. Dr. Fahrenwald answered questions from the Committee on issues specific to access to telehealth care in rural and underserved areas. Read the full testimony here and watch the recording of the hearing here.

National Rural Health Day is November 21

This week several Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies will participate in a collaborative effort to recognize National Rural Health Day. Initiated in 2010, National Rural Health Day aims to increase awareness of rural health-related issues and challenges and to applaud collaborative efforts to improve health care for the millions of people living in rural communities.

Approximately 20% of the U.S. population—about 60 million people—live in rural areas, have less access to care, and are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease. During November 18-21, the public can participate in rural health events including Twitter chats, a virtual job fair, a documentary film, and HRSA’s Celebration of National Rural Health Day featuring roundtable and panel discussions with several HHS agencies (available by webcast here).  Sign up to participate in National Rural Health events here.




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