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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published November 10, 2021

American Association of College of Nursing - Washington Weekly - Your Inside Track to Federal Policy

Congressional Update: Markup and Hearings on Mental Health and COVID-19

As Congress continues to focus on the impact of COVID-19 and address important topics such as mental health and public health, congressional committees have been hard at work, including:

  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Marked Up Health-Related Legislation: On November 4, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee marked up legislation related to mental health and the public health workforce. Included in the legislation was the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667/S.610), which addresses provider well-being, and the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2021 (H.R. 3297), which would establish a student loan repayment program for public health professionals. Both bills were advanced out of the subcommittee. To view the markup, click here.
  • Senate HELP Committee Held Hearing on COVID-19: On November 4, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on COVID-19 with updates from federal officials. Key witnesses included Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Walensky highlighted the CDC’s efforts in providing COVID-19 testing in children, and the upcoming efforts in vaccination strategies for eligible children. Dr. Fauci emphasized that he is hopeful the vaccines will be available to all children, regardless of their age, by the new year. To watch the committee hearing, click here.

Deadline Extended: Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant Award Today

Apply by Monday, November 15 for one of two $10,000 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grants. The NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice will award up to $10,000 for a project proposal submitted by a student from an accredited program at an AACN member school. This grant is intended to support a project that contributes to a student’s knowledge of substance use disorder and advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment. For further information and the application, click here. Apply today!

Health Resources and Service Administration Releases Interactive Dashboard

The Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) has released a new Health Workforce Projections dashboard, a valuable information resource for health services researchers and the public. These projections originate from the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), a data center under HRSA, that works with public and private partners to illustrate how changes in the population affect the supply, demand, distribution, and education needed for the healthcare workforce in the future. The interactive dashboard features workforce data by occupational groups and specific occupations, including allied health, behavioral health, long-term care, oral health, primary care, and women’s health. Click here to explore the dashboard.

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