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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published March 02, 2022

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

Act Today: Urge Congress to Pass the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act

As Congress works on a legislative package to honor our nation’s veterans, we need your help to ensure the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act (H.R.2568/S.1220) is included. This bipartisan bill recognizes and honors the nearly 120,000 members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps who cared for our servicemen and women during World War II. The legislation also provides those who served with honorable veteran status, a service medal, a burial plaque or grave marker, and other privileges.

Act today to send messages to Congress and urge your Representative and Senators to support the inclusion of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act in any must pass legislative package honoring our nation’s veterans this Congress.

AACN Attends CMS Black Health and Wellness Event

On February 24, AACN attended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) webinar Black Health and Wellness: Building a More Equitable Health System. CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the first Black woman to serve as Administrator of CMS, convened a conversation on advancing health equity in communities of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated wide gaps in health care and that those gaps have existed for a long time. CMS will be working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to research ways to advance health equity. Also discussed was the need to get students of color interested at a young age in science and medicine, and to make sure those students are not excluded from the field. To view the webinar, click here.

AACN Webinar on the Rural Health Needs of America

On February 28, AACN attended a virtual webinar focusing on rural health needs hosted by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. Key leaders from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Rural Health Association, and the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield came together to speak on the healthcare access barriers facing rural communities. Key issues discussed included access to care, workforce shortages, and inequitable allocation of federal healthcare funding. Solutions proposed included increasing telehealth availability and strengthening healthcare infrastructure. To view more information on the webinar, click here.

AACN Attends Roundtable on Population Health Workforce

On February 28, the National Academy of Medicine hosted a virtual roundtable on population health improvement. The workshop consisted of three sessions, including public health law and workforce, innovative solutions to current and emerging challenges, and pathways promoting workforce pipelines. A recording of the workshop will be available within two weeks. Please visit the event webpage to learn more.

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