On March 5, 2010 HHS Secretary Sebelius
announced the availability of $10 million in Recovery Act Funds for the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI). The intent of this funding opportunity is to make it easier for national, public, or private non-profit organizations to apply for funding in cooperative agreements to help communities decrease smoking and obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.
From the fact sheet
describing Communities Putting Prevention to Work
, "The HHS Office of Public Health and Science is leading the national organizations component of Communities Putting Prevention to Work in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many national organizations serve as trusted community sources where families go to participate in programs and come together with others to talk about important issues and build partnerships for action. While other pieces of CPPW target funding to local and state governments, HHS recognizes a national prevention movement will require additional leaders
. This new opportunity creates a model public-private partnership to make and sustain important changes in communities."
This provides strong rationale for Congress to pass HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010
. The bill language asks for the CNO of the USPHS to be known as the National Nurse, and also asks specifically for the National Nurse to encourage community-based, nonprofit organizations to seek grants for the purpose of education and interventions to address the annual health priorities. This legislation also includes language for the National Nurse to encourage practicing nurses and other health professionals, including retired health professionals and students enrolled in health professional programs, to participate in health promotion activities and replicate successful health promotion activities.
Health promotion and disease prevention are cornerstones of nursing practice. Nurses want to become active advocates for prevention in their local communities, and more needs to be done to prevent the rising incidence of chronic preventable diseases and their costly consequences. “In the United States, 7 of 10 deaths result from chronic disease,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H. The National Nurse would provide this necessary and important direction.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, March 11, 2010