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Published November 30, 2022

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AACN Attends White House Virtual Events on COVID-19 Equity and Mental Health

On November 16, AACN attended the White House’s Summit on COVID-19 Equity and What Works Showcase. The virtual showcase highlighted interventions and different approaches that demonstrated equitable outcomes during the pandemic. Trust building, maintaining public partnerships, and advancing health equity were also discussed. Healthcare professionals and community organizations shared their own groundbreaking work throughout this public health emergency. Watch the event here.

On November 17, AACN attended the table talks on mental health with members of the Biden-Harris Administration and “The West Wing” cast. Speakers included Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, as well as cast members from “The West Wing.” Panelists discussed the current mental health crisis in youth populations and highlighted the 988 National Suicide and Crisis Hotline. The White House hopes to establish more visibility on this issue and encourages community involvement to help destigmatize mental health challenges. Watch the event here

ACT NOW: Urge Congress to Pass Academic Nursing Priorities this Year

On November 22, AACN sent a letter urging Congress to pass top appropriations and legislative priorities in any year-end package. These requests include:

  • Support at least $324.472 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and at least $208.571 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), as outlined in the House Appropriations Committee-passed Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill; and
  • Pass the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.246/H.R.851

With limited legislative days left in the 117th Congress, we need your help! Act now and send messages to Congress asking your federal policymakers to support the above requests before the end of the year. 

Send Message to Congress

HHS Announces $350 Million for COVID-19 Vaccines

On November 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an initiative to bolster COVID-19 vaccines specifically in underserved populations. The vaccines, to be allocated predominately to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-supported health centers, will be widely available and administered in a variety of community-oriented ways. HRSA-supported health centers provide care for 20% of residents in rural areas and approximately one-in-eleven people throughout the United States. Learn more about this initiative.

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