Letter from Vice President Kamala Harris in Support of NAHN
Policy & Advocacy Committee
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Advocacy and Policy Committee focuses on addressing issues that impact the Latinx/Hispanic community across the U.S. As nurses who belong and serve the Latinx/Hispanic community, we must shape the national dialogue of the issues affecting our patients and their communities. Our committee is dedicated to transforming the future of healthcare at the local, state and national levels. As policy makers, we provide expertise and perspectives on the social and structural determinants of health impacting our patients and communities. Our own cultural diversity impacts our ability to provide culturally humble, quality, safe, and patient/family-centered care and policymaking.
As Latinx/Hispanic nurses we advocate for and create just and ethical policies to advance the values of NAHN and the nursing profession. As the advocacy and policy branch of NAHN, we are a vital part of the national dialogue that addresses Latinx/Hispanic health and nursing.
The Policy and Advocacy Committee upholds the mission of NAHN by advocating for policy issues that relate to the Latinx/Hispanic community. We work collaboratively with private, public and federal entities to support measures that improve Latinx/Hispanic disparities in healthcare, public health, and health policy. We also address issues that affect the nursing profession such as the environment, human rights, diversity, inclusion, the nursing workforce, education and ethics.
Who we are:
We are made up of Latinx/Hispanic nurses from a variety of healthcare settings and across the country, which allows a diversity in perspectives and experiences on key policy issues. Through our active dialogue as a committee and in collaboration with our Board of Directors and our membership, our committee focuses on developing position statements, policy briefs, and white papers that address issues in the Latinx/Hispanic community.
NAHN welcomes opportunities to work with organizations that seek to expand access to health services, improve health inequities, increase the Latinx/Hispanic nursing workforce, participate in policymaking at the local, state and national levels and endorse policies that promote and improve health for all.
From the federal to the state level, NAHN is the voice of over 276,000 Hispanic nurses across the United States. NAHN’s policy goals include:
- Identifying barriers in the implementation and delivery of health services to Hispanic consumers and recommend appropriate solutions to local, state, and federal agencies.
- Disseminating research findings and policy perspectives related to Hispanic health care needs to local, state, and federal agencies in order to impact policy making and the allocation of resources.
- Advocating for policy changes and perspectives- related to Hispanic health care needs- to local, state, and federal agencies in order to impact the allocation of resources for the Hispanic population.
- Representing in voice and action the number of licensed Hispanic nurses in the US.
- Identifying barriers to quality education for Hispanic nursing students and recommend appropriate solutions to state, local, and federal agencies.
- NAHN Statement on Climate Change,7.25.23
- NAHN Statement on Gun Violence, 5.9.23
- NAHN Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education, 2.27.23
- NAHN Statement Supporting Legislation that Ensures the Health and Safety of Migrant Children Workers, 9.30.22
- NAHN Statement on Impact of Hurricane Fiona on Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, 9.26.22
- NAHN Statement on Supporting Access to Sexual & Reproductive Health Care, 6.22.22
- NAHN Statement on Gun Violence in Uvalde, Texas, 5.27.22
- NAHN Statement on Racism and Gun Violence, 5.19.22
- NAHN Statement on the RaDonda Vaught Verdict and Sentencing, 5.18.22
NAHN Letters and Responses
- NAHN letter to Bob Sivinski regarding proposals to revise OMB's statistical standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity across federal agencies, 3.16.23
- Nursing Community Coalition Welcome Letter to the 118th Congress House, 1.11.23
- Nursing Community Coalition Welcome Letter to the 118th Congress Senate, 1.11.23
- Response from Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding NAHN's letter on corn-based cereal and the WIC program, 10.6.22
- NAHN letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding corn-based cereal and the WIC program, 9.1.22
- NAHN letter to Secretary Xavier Becerra regarding FDA-approved anti-obesity medications, 10.6.22
Group Initiatives Supported by NAHN
- Group letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, 6.15.23
- Group letter to CMS on behalf of HECCD, 6.6.23
- Group letter in support of Medicaid, 4.24.23
- Group letter in support of HRSA Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs, 4.3.23
- Group letter in support of protecting the DACA program and recipients, 3.21.23
- Group Support Letter NBPP Tiering Proposal, 1.28.23
- Group letter in support of the initiatives to improve contraceptive access and safe motherhood, 12.21.22