Thank you to DMAA President and CEO Tracey Moorhead and the DMAA Board of Directors for their endorsement of the Office of the National Nurse initiative.
December 18, 2008
The Honorable Lois Capps
U.S. House of Representatives
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Capps,
I write on behalf of our Board of Directors and the more than 200 members
of DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance in support of your efforts to recognize the important role nurses play in promoting preventative care in this country. Your endorsement of symbolic national nursing leadership to support a philosophical and cultural shift toward prevention in the U.S. health care system is essential and important to our members.
DMAA supports your efforts to rename the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Services as the "National Nurse" to elevate the authority and visibility of that office in the national health care debate. Chronic conditions - diabetes, asthma, obesity, and others - pose the single greatest threat to the health of Americans and our nation's economy. Nurses provide key care services in the prevention and management of these conditions and we commend your efforts to recognize their work, promote prevention, improve outcomes, and provide guidance for state and local leaders in mobilizing nurse volunteers.
The new administration and Congress - and their clear commitment to wellness and prevention - present an ideal opportunity to advance the concept of a National Nurse and make it a reality. DMAA and its members support legislation to achieve these goals and look forward to working with you on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact DMAA should you need further information or assistance.
President and CEO
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Saturday, January 12, 2008