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During Public Health Week, April 6-12, 2009 the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) signed on to the American Public Health Association's (APHA) efforts to strengthen public health as the foundation for healthcare reform. Supporters of the campaign to create an Office of the National Nurse will be inspired by the APHA's newest video Healthiest Nation in One Generation. The video can be viewed at http://www.generationpublichealth.org/ . The Board of Directors of the NNNO encourages all nurses to share this public health video with friends, family, and co-workers as we support the APHA theme "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America."

With debate around health care reform underway, Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director of the APHA, noted that the theme is particularly timely and relevant, stating, “As a nation, we spend far more on health care than any other country, yet we fall short in many of the important measures of what it means to be healthy. Investing in public health, focusing on communities to prevent disease and injury, and promoting healthy behaviors are essential if we hope to succeed in improving health, reducing costs and reforming our health system.”

The supporters of the Office of the National Nurse (ONN) initiative wholeheartedly agree. The ONN will stand as a focal point of preventive practices in the future of healthcare reform. Just as nurses work alongside physicians and other health care providers, the ONN would assist other federal agencies to meet their stated goals of prevention and wellness. We are proposing the ONN be the vehicle for the delivery of the prevention and wellness message that our nation desperately needs to stave off the epidemics of chronic, preventable conditions.

Nurses use education as a cornerstone of care, no matter what setting they work in. We are the health professionals, front line educators, and as we are 2.9 million strong and growing, we would be a vast and powerful tool for improving health literacy by reaching across a broad and diverse population.

Elevating the Chief Nurse of the USPHS to be the National Nurse will be a significant step toward recognizing public health and toward the APHA goal of building the foundation for a healthy America.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, April 08, 2009  

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