Grants were awarded to NPAA members to attend the AANP Health Policy Conference. Here are some of their take-aways from the conference.
Lisa Rhodes, CRNP stated: "The Health Policy conference was enlightening. The general take-away from the program is that policy is important. It has to be evidenced-based and requires persistence. The folks working directly with policy for NPs are resilient and educated about all sides of the issues. I would attend this Policy Conference again.
Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP stated: "The AANP Health Policy conference distills health policy and advocacy all into one place. Partnering with legislators to advocate for NP practice to benefit patients is key for our communities. Despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, one benefit is the CARES act and finally (after decades) NPs are finally able to order home health and hospice. The next barrier to care is the challenge of the inability of NPs to order diabetic shoes and order/manage cardiac rehabilitation. It is important to continue to share our stories of the challenges of patients with our legislators to modernize legislation at every level. Strengthening access to care benefits our communities – both rural and urban. Grassroots is so important at every level. Having a concerted effort engages legislators to update and modernize outdated statutes and regulations. Unless we advocate together one voice gets lost in the noise but together, we are strong."
Darlla Thompson, BSN, MPH stated: "The greatest takeaway for myself was the usefulness of social media. Garnering support for health policies could be improved with this method of communication. Grassroots NPs should attend the HP conference because it is health policy focused on enabling all NPs to provide more concise care for patients. Having all NPs, including grassroot NPs, strengthen the push behind realizing Full Practice Authority. Grassroot groups are also connected in their local areas creating opportunity for understanding the needs of NPs in different areas of our nation. Pooling NP resources is a powerful method to garner more support for NP legislative movements."