Academy Policy Priorities 2021-2022

The American Academy of Nursing releases its Policy Priorities for 2021-2022. These priorities include Advancing Health Equity and Championing Wellness; Promoting Innovation and Sustainability; and Reducing Patient, Provider, and System Burden. Learn more.


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Academy Policy Actions

Latest Policy News

  • June 24: The American Academy of Nursing and Maternal Health Organizations Respond to Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health OrganizationRead more.
  • June 6: The Academy, along with eight other nursing organizations, signed a letter to Representatives Courtney and Walberg in support of H.R. 6087, the Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act. This legislation would remove barriers in the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) that limit the ability of NPs to provide care and treatment for injured or ill federal employees. Read more.
  • May 25: The Academy submitted comments to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) regarding federal disaster preparedness, relief, and community resilience which will provide advice and recommendations about broad cross-cutting issues, related but not limited to, issues of environmental justice and pollution reduction, energy, climate change mitigation and resiliency, environmental health, and racial inequity. Read more.
  • May 19: The Academy offered comments to the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services regarding the development of the 2022 Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan which will serve as a guide to confront environmental and health disparities that will serve vulnerable populations and communities disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens. Read more.


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Advancing Health Equity and Championing Wellness

  • April 28: The Academy, along with 287 other organizations, signed onto a letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders requesting $60 million in funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention. Read more.
  • April 18: The Academy, along with 64 other health care organizations, signed onto letters to House and Senate appropriations leaders requesting $310 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This funding level would be an increase of $68.5 million above FY 2022 enacted, helping OSH to respond to high rates of e-cigarette use among youth and the continuing impacts of tobacco use. Read the House and Senate letters.
  • April 4: The Academy sent a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in support of S.3799, the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics Act (PREVENT Pandemics Act). The Academy letter highlights that the PREVENT Pandemics Act includes many of the recommendations the Academy put forth in comments submitted in June 2020. Read more.

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Promoting Innovation and Sustainability

  • April 25: The Academy along with forty-eight members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter urging Congress to take action to make waivers permanent beyond this Public Health Emergency (PHE). Waivers have allowed nurses to practice to the top of their licensure and have expanded telehealth coverage throughout the pandemic. Read more.
  • April 11: The Academy along with fifty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Read the House and Senate letters.
  • March 23: The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) and the Academy sent a letter to the NIH regarding the Center for Scientific Review’s (CSR) draft strategic plan for 2022 - 2027. Read more.

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Reducing Patient, Provider & System Burden

  • March 28: The Academy signed on to an amicus brief along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Medical Association (AMA), and other health care organizations challenging the state of Montana's efforts to ban access to safe reproductive care. Read more.
  • November 4, 2021: The Academy, along with 11 other nursing organizations, signed on to comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra regarding the HHS Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026. 

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