AAN News & Opinion
- Although the American Academy of Nursing (Academy) has for decades played a major role in advocating to protect the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of all women and men regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, or social economic status, many government officials are aggressively pursuing ways to create barriers to evidence-based SRH care access. The Academy continues to “resist and respond” to these tactics, in the form of statements, policy briefs, amicus briefs and coalition letters—raising the voice of Nursing against the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and longstanding national health goals, programs, and essential services.
- In 2013, an estimated 40 million family caregivers provided an average of 18 hours of care per week, reflecting approximately $470 billion in unpaid caregiving contributions (Reinhard, Feinberg, Choula, & Houser, 2015). Projected demographic shifts in the U.S., including the rapidly aging population (World Health Organization, 2015) and increase of individuals living with chronic conditions across the lifespan (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, 2011; Houtrow, Larson, Olson, Newacheck, & Halfon, 2014), will increase the demand for family caregivers.
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- Political interference in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) research and health professional education threatens the health of women and men. The American Academy of Nursing (academy) strongly supports actions to prevent political interference by supporting academic freedom principles and policies in institutions of higher education generally and in those offering instruction in nursing particularly.
- Recently, reports were released by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health, and the Institute of Medicine suggesting women's health research agendas. These reports stimulated commentary from the American Academy of Nursing's Women's Health Expert Panel. This commentary identified the need for an expanded research agenda for women's health that was published in Nursing Outlook (Shaver, Olshansky, & Woods, 2013). The following call to action highlights the most critical areas that were not included in these reports.
- There has been a recent resurgence of interest in women's health as evidenced by several federal and international policy-shaping reports that will impact women's health services. These reports include the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the formation of the National Prevention Council and Strategy, the 2011 IOM report on clinical preventives services for women, and the World Health Organization strategic plan for 2010-2015. In this paper, we summarize and discuss these reports and discuss implications of enacting the suggested health policies.
- Care of and access to health care for women across the age span has always been at the forefront of nursing’s advocacy through education, practice, and research. One well-recognized method to improve the health status of women and children lies in managing unintended pregnancies; however, evidence shows that little progress has been made on this front. Threatening to roll back what little progress has been made, as well as the potential to achieve better management of unintended pregnancies, contemporary health policy fails to consistently ensure access to high-quality reproductive health care for all women in the United States.