AACN's Washington Weekly

Published January 22, 2020

Two Months until AACN's 2020 Student Policy Summit: Register Today

We are officially two months out from AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit, which will be held in Washington D.C. March 22-24. This three-day conference provides nursing students from across the nation with the opportunity to experience and participate firsthand in the federal policy process. Up to two students per school may register with permission from their dean. Register here.

For more information, or to sponsor the 2020 Student Policy Summit, contact Payal Shah, AACN’s Government Affairs Assistant, at pshah@aacnnursing.org.

Last Chance: Application Period Ending for All of Us Research Grants

The application period for the All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Awards is closing January 27. AACN member schools and their community partners who commit to increasing awareness of the All of Us program, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative aimed at accelerating health research breakthroughs, are eligible to receive up to $10,000. The overall mission is to extend precision medicine to all diseases by building a national research cohort of one million or more U.S. participants. 

AACN schools of nursing with established community partnerships in historically underrepresented communities in biomedical research (UBR) are encouraged to apply. This phase is targeting the following UBR communities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, New York, and Wisconsin (Healthcare Provider Organizations); Denver, Shreveport, and Houston (Direct Volunteer); and Louisiana (Regional). Learn more about the program at www.joinallofus.org/en.

Apply by January 27, 2020. Please contact Dr. Colleen Leners, AACN’s Director of Policy,  at CLeners@aacnnursing.org with any questions.

AACN Attends the CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation Briefing

On January 16, AACN attended a congressional briefing held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce their Active People, Healthy Nation initiative. This initiative, which is broken down into seven different strategies, aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. If achieved, this can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases.

The briefing featured several distinguished speakers, including U.S. Surgeon General, VADM Jerome Adams, MD. VADM Adams focused his remarks on developing activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, noting that if this is achieved, it will be easier for communities to make healthier decisions. Learn more about this initiative and join the movement to increase your physical activity.