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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published June 15, 2022

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

HHS Releases Statement Reaffirming Support and Protection for LGBTQI+ Children and Youth

On June 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Xavier Becerra, released a statement reaffirming the department’s commitment to protect LGBTQI+ children and youth.  In recognition of Pride Month, HHS highlighted past actions the agency has undertaken to support the LGBTQI+ community. This Administration also released guidance on gender-affirming care, patient privacy, and information and resources to support the LGBTQI+ community throughout the nation. To read the statement, click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Information Session for New Fellows

On June 14, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) held an informational session on the Health Policy Fellow Program. Through this program fellows gain a strategic and broad-based health policy experience with transformational skills. The session discussed details about the structure of the program, including the orientation process, placement opportunities, and leadership development. Applications will open in September 2022, and the RWJF will hold another informational session on July 12 at 3pm (ET). Click here to register for the upcoming session. 

White House Plans for COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under Five

On June 9, the White House released a fact sheet on the operational plan for COVID-19 vaccines for children under five. Next week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make an authorization and recommendation for whether a COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for this demographic. If this vaccine is authorized and recommended, it will make nearly every American eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. To read the fact sheet, click here.

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