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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published January 25, 2023

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Mark Your Calendar: Nurse Corps Application Webinar Tomorrow

On January 26 from 2-3:00 PM (ET), the Health Resources and Services Administration is hosting an application assistance webinar on the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program. This program covers up to 85% of nursing education debt for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nurse faculty. In exchange, awardees must work in a critical shortage facility or at an accredited school of nursing for at least two years. To learn more about the program or register for the webinar, click here.   

AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council Publishes Article on National Nurse Identifiers

On January 12, AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC) published an article in Nursing Outlook titled, An Overview and Policy Implications of National Nurse Identifier Systems: A Call for Unity and Integration. This article provides a thorough overview of existing nurse identifier systems and discusses the importance of capturing more comprehensive data on the nursing workforce. AACN congratulates our HPAC members on this publication! To read the article, click here. To learn more about HPAC and its members, click here.

AACN Attends Briefing on Mental Health with a Focus on More Federal Involvement

On January 20, AACN attended the Alliance for Health Policy’s briefing on federal funding streams for mental health services. Panelists included experts and executives from Behavioral Health Link, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. These panelists shared tips and best practices on utilizing federal funding when implementing statewide mental health systems and distributing grants to the county and local level. The panel also shared ways that beneficiaries can advocate for increased and sustained funding. For more information, click here.

AACN Attends Event on Social Determinants of Health

On January 24, AACN attended Axios’ Vitals “Check-Up” virtual event focused on policies and social determinants of health outcomes for seniors and other vulnerable groups. Panelists included Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-25), National Hispanic Medical Association President and CEO Dr. Elena V. Rios, and Margaret-Mary Wilson, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group. Discussions focused on telehealth and working with community health workers to meet population needs and address the social determinants of health. To watch the full event, click here.

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