Policy & Advocacy

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Advocacy and Policy Committee focuses on addressing issues that impact the Latinx/Hispanic community across the U.S. As nurses who belong and serve the Latinx/Hispanic community, we must shape the national dialogue of the issues affecting our patients and their communities. Our committee is dedicated to transforming the future of healthcare at the local, state and national levels. As policy makers, we provide expertise and perspectives on the social and structural determinants of health impacting our patients and communities. Our own cultural diversity impacts our ability to provide culturally humble, quality, safe, and patient/family-centered care and policymaking.

As Latinx/Hispanic nurses we advocate for and create just and ethical policies to advance the values of NAHN and the nursing profession. As the advocacy and policy branch of NAHN, we are a vital part of the national dialogue that addresses Latinx/Hispanic health and nursing.

The Policy and Advocacy Committee upholds the mission of NAHN by advocating for policy issues that relate to the Latinx/Hispanic community. We work collaboratively with private, public and federal entities to support measures that improve Latinx/Hispanic disparities in healthcare, public health, and health policy. We also address issues that affect the nursing profession such as the environment, human rights, diversity, inclusion, the nursing workforce, education and ethics.

Who we are:
We are made up of Latinx/Hispanic nurses from a variety of healthcare settings and across the country, which allows a diversity in perspectives and experiences on key policy issues. Through our active dialogue as a committee and in collaboration with our Board of Directors and our membership, our committee focuses on developing position statements, policy briefs, and white papers that address issues in the Latinx/Hispanic community.

NAHN welcomes opportunities to work with organizations that seek to expand access to health services, improve health inequities, increase the Latinx/Hispanic nursing workforce, participate in policymaking at the local, state and national levels and endorse policies that promote and improve health for all.

Our Recent Work: 
NAHN Collaborates with the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment 
NAHN Family Separation Statement
NAHN Position Paper: Nursing Workforce Diversity
Action Alert on Public Charge
  • NAHN Supports Our DACA Community 
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Health Care Reform Statement
  • Letter to the Honorable Tom Price, MD. Secretary,The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Letter to former President Barack Obama: Health Risks Associated with Child Labor in Tobacco Fields
  • Nursing Community Letter to Pence Transition Team
  • Latinos Against Alzheimer’s Coalition Letter Re: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act (S.3113)
  • NAHN Position Paper on APRN
  • NAHN Position Paper on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • NAHN Position Paper on the "Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions" (02/09/2016)
  • NAHN Comment to EPA's 2014 Air Toxicity Report
  • Obesity Among Latino Youths
  • Essential Health Benefits
  • Nursing Letter in Support of Children's Health
  • NCC Thank You Letter for HR
  • NAHN CVS Support Letter
  • NAHN CVS Support Letter to CDI
  • CLASP NILC sign on
  • Change Act Sign-On
  • CDC Dear Colleagues Letter2017-2018 Flu Season
  • Medicare Part D Sign-on Letter – National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • HIT 2020 Delay Coalition letter
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    Upcoming Events:
    Save the date Februay 4 - 7 for NAHN's Virtual Hill Day and Virtual 2021 Latino Leadership Institute events. Contact director@thehispanicnurses.org for collaboration and sponsorship opportunities.