Your Neonatal & Nursing Advocates
Through the leadership of NANN's Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, NANN seeks to optimize care and health outcomes for neonates and their families. NANN also impacts nursing practice regulation and policy by fostering member engagement and collaboration with other healthcare-related groups to shape legislative and regulatory issues at the federal and state levels.
Hot Advocacy Topics
The Zika virus is a global health emergency, and the disease presents a risk to pregnant mothers and infants. Interested in funding Zika prevention? Send a message to Congress.
Toxins on the Developing Brain
According to the Canadian Enviornmental Health Atlas, low levels of toxins can affect brain development in newborns and children, and steps should be taken to reduce their exposure to suspected toxins. The video below shares more information.
NANN's Advocacy Agenda
In 2016 NANN is monitoring and supporting these legislative issues:
- Global Neonatal & Maternal issues
- Nursing Workforce and Education
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Promoting Life-Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act of 2014 (S.2041)
- Reimbursement for Donor Human Milk for Preterm Infants
See NANN's Advocacy Agenda Highlights for a summary of 2016's top issues and advocacy resources.
Join the MyNANN Advocacy Community to share information and insights with like-minded members.
Participate in your NANN chapter's advocacy initiatives to make an impact and stay abreast of local issues or take part in our programsl like Virtual Lobby Week.
Serve on NANN's Health Policy and Advocacy Committee to help guide NANN's advocacy focus and educate members on the issues.
NANN's Health Policy and Advocacy Committee recommends an annual advocacy agenda to the association's board of directors. Throughout the year, the committee monitors the association's priority health policy and advocacy issues, and develops and maintains key alliances with other advocacy groups.
Julie Sundermeier, DNP APRN NNP-BC, Chair
Stephanie Blake, MSN RN NNP-BC, Chair-Elect
Tara Boice, MSN RNC-NIC
Michelle Cherry, MSN RN
Claudia Decker, BSN RN-NIC-III
Tommie Farrell, BSN RNC-NIC, Board Liaison
Allyson Kayton, MSN APRN NNP-BC
Vicki Leamy, DNP NNP-BC
Elizabeth Welch-Carre, EdD(c) MS APRN NNP-BC, NANNP Council Liaison
To serve on the Health Policy and Advocacy Committee respond to NANN's Annual Call for Volunteers each spring. NANN has plenty of opportunities for those interested in joining committees.
Attend the Nurse in Washington Internship to jump start your advocacy education. NANN partners with the Nursing Organizations Alliance and sponsors two NANN members to attend this annual 3-day internship program in Washington, DC. Look for the applications announcement in the fall for the March event.
NANN provides legislative and advocacy tools to assist members with education and participation in the policy arena. At times, NANN also partners with other organizations to provide NANN members with the most current and relevant information.
- Federal Health Policy & Advocacy Toolkit (introduction)
- State Health Policy & Advocacy Toolkit
- Legislative Advocacy 101
Partners and Alliances
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Fetus and Newborn
- National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
- National Perinatal Association
- The Nursing Community