Published February 16, 2022
HHS announces $55 million in Awards to Increase Virtual Healthcare Access
On February 14, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded American Rescue Plan funds to 29 Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) funded health centers across the nation. These funds will be used for virtual care methods, such as telehealth and digital patient tools, to improve access and quality of healthcare to underserved communities. These funds are timely, as the pandemic has seen a 6000% increase in virtual visits. To view the list of health centers receiving the award, click here, and to read the press release, click here.
HPAC Member, Dr. Betty Rambur, Featured Speaker in Health Policy Conversation
On February 10, AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council member, Dr. Betty Rambur from the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, presented at AARP's first “Hot Topic” conversation. This series includes thought leaders in nursing and related fields who are paving the way toward greater health equity. Dr. Rambur discussed her work on payment reform in relation to the National Academy of Medicine’s report, the Future of Nursing, 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Health Equity. Learn more here.
AACN Attends Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Virtual Hearing
On February 10, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, “Recruiting, Revitalizing and Diversifying: Examining the Health Care Workforce Shortage,” to discuss the current and future state of healthcare workforce shortages, including nursing. Witnesses included directors and officials from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium, Clinica Family Health, Xavier University of Louisiana, and The Heritage Foundation. Panelists highlighted the crucial steps needed to recruit, sustain, and diversify the nursing and healthcare workforce. Experts also stressed that healthcare needs additional support in creating sustainable pathways to eliminate burnout amongst providers. To view the hearing, click here.
Register Today for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit!
Reserve your spot today for the upcoming in-person Student Policy Summit taking place March 27-28, 2022, at the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC. Baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution may participate to learn more about the policy process from leading experts. For more detailed information, the current agenda, or to register, visit the Student Policy Summit website. We look forward to seeing everyone in March!