AAN President's Pages
Fluidity: Creating seamless leadership transitionsThere are many ways to describe leadership transitions—passing the baton, handing over the gavel, or a changing of the guard. At the Academy's Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference, our roles shifted from President and President-Elect to President and Immediate Past President. Over the past year, we have worked closely together to prepare for this moment. The Academy has been in what we like to describe as a positive state of flux. Positive from the perspective that we have been able to grow as an organization in our approaches, evaluation methods, and strategies.
The opioid crisisThe Academy Board of Directors identified five areas of priority including violence prevention, reproductive rights, opioid addiction, environmental health, toxic stress in children, and violence prevention. This month's message focuses on the Opioid crisis. I am pleased to co-author it with Madeline A. Naegle, PhD, CNS-PMH, BC, FAAN.
Environmental Health: The Future Will Ask, “What Did You Do?”The Academy Board has prioritized five areas for policy consideration and advancement; they include:
Global maternal mortality rate declines—Except in AmericaThe broad topics I will address this issue fall under Reproductive Rights and our value of social justice. The Academy stated mission and vision on policy and advocacy work is based on using the best available scientific evidence. This allows us to lend objectivity to complex, emotionally charged issues, such as maternal morbidity and mortality. It is out of that weighted objectivity that valid recommendations for modifying clinical practice can come. I will cite the negative consequences that occur when the available evidence is not consistently embedded in practice.
A public health crisis: Recommendations to reduce gun violence in AmericaThe Academy Board of Directors has identified five areas of priority including: