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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published August 12, 2020

Continued Support for the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act

Last week, the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.4396/H.R.7945) was introduced by Senate Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Representatives and Registered Nurses, Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30). The FAAN Act would invest $1 billion in schools of nursing to ensure nursing education pathways remain strong during current and future health challenges.

Urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor and include this legislation in the next COVID-19 relief package. Take Action TODAY!

COVID-19 Legislative Update: AACN’s Coalition Activity

As Congress and the Administration continue to negotiate the next package of relief legislation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, AACN has been working diligently with our coalition partners to advocate for academic nursing priorities. These priorities are based on listening to the needs of AACN membership and align with AACN’s Federal Policy Agenda. Below is a snapshot of coalition letters AACN signed onto in the last few weeks.

Advance Higher Education

  • August 5 letter urging Congressional Leadership to include support for students and institutions of higher education.
  • August 5 letter urging Congress to include student loan forgiveness for health professionals in the next COVID-19 package.

Pursue Transformative Research

  • August 6 letter urging Congress and the Administration to support emergency funding of at least $15.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health.

Develop a Robust Workforce

  • July 2 letter urging Congress to provide at least $4.5 billion in public health infrastructure funding.

Redefine Models of Care

  • June 29 letter urging Congress to advance permanent telehealth reform.

A full list of letters that AACN has sent and signed onto can be found on the AACN Advocacy and Policy COVID-19 webpage .

AACN Attends Virtual Event on Advancing Racial Equity by Promoting Health

On July 30, AACN attended a webinar titled Ending the Triple Pandemic: Advancing Racial Equity by Promoting Health, Economic Opportunity and Criminal Justice Reform. Hosted by Trust for America’s Health, the American Public Health Association, NAACP, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity, participants in this webinar discussed how to tackle health disparities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers touched on the lack of access to care in vulnerable communities of color, and a need for investments in education to increase diversity and representation in providers of care. For more information on this event and to view a recording, click here.

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