Policy & Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

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Ruth Watson Lubic Fights for Maternal Health Equity

ruth_lubic_017_web.jpgFor African-American women, the risk of death from pregnancy-related causes is three to four times higher than for white women. For 50 years, Ruth Watson Lubic, EdD, RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM, has worked to reduce maternal and infant deaths. An Academy Living Legend and Edge Runner, she established the Family Health and Birth Center in a low-income community in Washington, DC in 1994. In 2000 her birth center added comprehensive social supports, case management, and early childhood education. The model established by Dr. Lubic serves as an exemplar for addressing racial disparities in maternal health care and outcomes.

Advance Care Planning

For many Americans, advance care planning is not a conversation that one brings up until they are faced with advanced illness.

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The Academy endorses human milk and breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding.

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Care Coordination

The rapid changes transforming health care today and increased demand for care coordination require immediate action to enable nurses and other qualified health professionals to deliver outstanding care coordination.

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Children and Families

The Academy issued a statement in 2008 strongly supporting the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) recognizing the reduction of the number of uninsured children by a third since its creation, and the provision of health coverage to approximately six million children.

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Emerging Infectious Disease

The Academy identifies the most important issues on the horizon in terms of policy for emerging and infectious diseases and offers recommendations to national level programs.

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The Academy supports the Precision Medicine Initiative as an innovative approach to improve health.

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Global Nursing

The Academy's global and holistic approach to the development of health policies in order to help reduce health disparities and inequalities is facilitated through its 24 Expert Panels.

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Health Behavior

The Academy launched an Expert Panel on Health Behavior in 2011 to address the health needs of populations, providing a forum for nurse leaders to advance evidence-based innovations...

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