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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published February 02, 2022

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

AACN Attends Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing

On February 1, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Responding to the Growing Crisis to discuss the current and future state of mental health and substance use disorders. Witnesses included directors and officials from the American Psychological Association, South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Centerstone Research Institute, and Mental Health Youth Advocate. Panelists highlighted crucial steps to reauthorize, improve, and expand critical federal programs that address mental health and substance use challenges. Presenters also stressed that mental health illness among youth and adolescents is on the rise, and there is still a stigma surrounding mental health in schools. To view the hearing, click here.

Funding Opportunity: HRSA Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program

On January 27, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new funding opportunity through the Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program. HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $4.95 million for up to 9 cooperative agreements. The funding is intended to “support and disseminate rigorous and state-of-the-art applied research that strengthens evidence-based policy and enhances the Federal Government’s and the public’s understanding of issues and trends in the health workforce”. Eligible applicants include health professions schools and academic health centers. The application deadline is April 14, 2022. A technical webinar will be held Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET) to provide further information.  Click here for webinar information and here to apply.

Register Today for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit!

Reserve your spot today for AACN's 2022 Student Policy Summit, which will be held in Washington, DC on March 27-28, 2022. This two-day conference is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. The summit provides an opportunity for students to learn first-hand the role of nursing in the broader policy realm. Up to two students per institution may attend, and students must obtain permission from their dean. Please note that registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more detail information, including, registration, latest agenda, vaccination requirements,  and sponsorship opportunties, visit the Student Policy Summit event page

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