Thank you to Advocacy Director Steve Dixon and Oregonians for Health Security
for their strong statement in support of creating an Office of the National Nurse.
February 11, 2009
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 Oregonians for Health Security, an advocacy organization committed to uniting working families, small business owners, seniors, health care workers, community leaders, and policy makers in the fight for quality, affordable and secure health care for all Oregonians. We believe preventive care must be included in any basic benefit plan that promotes health and eliminates economic and racial disparities. We strongly support 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 not only to Oregonians but to all Americans.
Oregonians for Health Security supports 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.
Our 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. Oregonians for Healthcare Security support legislation to achieve these goals and look forward to working with you on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need further information or assistance.
Steve DixonOregonians for Health Security
P.O. Box 1217
Clackamas, OR 97015
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, March 12, 2009