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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published May 18, 2022

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AACN Joins in Recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month

Throughout this month, AACN is joining with other national organizations and policymakers to recognize May as National Mental Health Awareness month. In fact, the Biden-Harris Administration issued a proclamation to raise awareness about mental health and its impact on well-being and to recognize the importance of mental health  providers. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is also raising awareness about mental health through a variety of events, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Fact Sheet on Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month. To read the fact sheet, click here. Other events include:

  • On Capitol Hill, on May 11, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a markup and advanced out of committee H.R. 7666, the "Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022." This legislation would provide comprehensive mental health services and opioid treatment for affected populations. To watch the markup, click here.
  • On May 17, the newspaper The Hill hosted the Mental Health Summit. Congressional Members of the Mental Health Caucus and stakeholders discussed the state of our nation’s mental health crisis, highlighting the impact that the pandemic has had on our overall mental health and recommendations that could lead to system improvement. To view the summit, click here.  

AACN Hosts Webinar Highlighting Nursing Professionals Serving on Federal Committees and Councils

On Tuesday, May 24, AACN is hosting a webinar titled “Nursing Impact: Journey to Federal Appointment.” This webinar is in collaboration with the Nomination Consortium, a coalition of over 30 nursing organizations led by AACN, who collectively nominate and support nursing professionals to federal councils, committees, and taskforces. The webinar will feature four panelists who were nominated by the consortium and successfully appointed. The panelists will share their experience in the nomination process and their current role as an appointee. The session will highlight the importance of having nursing’s voice at the table in federal policy discussions.  The panel will encourage nurses of all backgrounds to engage in policy at all levels. To register for the free webinar, click here.

AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program

June 3 is the last day to submit a topic for new evidence reviews to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These reviews a use evidence-based practice to guide and initiate informed healthcare decisions. These include educational measures, producing and developing guidelines, and better services that improve the quality of health care. Share your ideas with AHRQ! For more information and to submit a topic, click here.

Nursing Voices Nursing Votes: Countdown to the 2022 Midterm Elections

As we near the 2022 Midterm Elections, we encourage you to find out more about AACN’s nonpartisan initiative, Nursing Voices Nursing Votes, which is designed to encourage students, faculty, and deans to vote and amplify their voices as nurses.

Nursing Voices Nursing Votes provides information on how to register to vote, upcoming primary dates, absentee ballot information, and so much more. Follow @AACNPolicy for additional updates, and sign up using AACN’s online form to highlight your engagement during this election cycle. Your voice and vote matters!

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