Advocacy Corner

Meet your Advocacy Chair – Lynne Braun, PhD, CNP, CLS, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN

Lynne Braun is a nurse practitioner in the Rush Heart and Vascular Institute, focusing on preventive cardiology and women and heart disease. She is also a Professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing in the Rush College of Nursing.  Ms. Braun has been on faculty and has held a practice position at Rush University Medical Center since 1980.  Her clinical and research interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, exercise, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension management.

Lynne has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association since 1980 in numerous capacities. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Medical Leadership Committee for Chicago’s Go Red Luncheon, Illinois Advocacy Committee, and is Chairperson of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.  She is a regular speaker at the AHA Scientific Sessions on topics related to cardiovascular disease prevention and she is a co-author of four AHA/ACC Scientific Statements, the AHA/ACC statement on Performance Measures for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, and 2 AHA clinical practice guidelines.

Under Lynne’s leadership, the Advocacy Committee has reached new heights and look forward to helping you advocate for issues that directly impact nursing and disease prevention. We would love to hear about your community involvement in advocacy activities related to cardiovascular disease prevention.

Remember…Together, we can do more than before.

Advocacy Corner | PCNA eNews July 2014

Action Alerts
Thanks to everyone who took immediate action on the most recent alert.  Your efforts resulted in 76 combined letters and emails sent to Congress requesting their support of the Research for All Act of 2014 (H.R.4879) and urging members to oppose the amendment that will weaken  school lunch nutrition standards. 
 
Your voice is still needed!  Please contact your members of congress today and urge them to take action on these important health issues.
 
Current Action Items
Strengthen School Lunch Nutrition Standards
 
Ninety percent of schools meet the updated standards for school lunch, and studies show that they are increasing kids' fruit and vegetable intake. During the week of June 23, 2014 the House will vote on a budget bill that includes an amendment allowing schools to request a waiver to excuse them from meeting the new school meal standards.
 
Please urge your members of Congress not to weaken the National School Lunch Program and oppose the amendment.
 
Research for All Act of 2014
 
Current gaps in clinical trial participation by women and minorities have limited the data available for these patients and their providers to make the most informed, safe and effective treatment decisions. The Research for All Act of 2014, recently introduced by Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), will improve our knowledge of women's inclusion in medical research by updating reports on women and minority inclusion in medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It will also expand our understanding of sex differences in both basic and clinical research at the NIH, and direct the FDA to guarantee that clinical drug trials for expedited drug products are sufficient to determine safety and effectiveness for both men and women.
 
Please urge your members in the House and Senate to add their support to the Research for All Act of 2014.
 
Please let us know you have taken action by leaving a message on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HeartNurses) or on Twitter @HeartNurses. 
 
Remember…Your voice counts and together we will do more in 2014!

Advocacy Corner | PCNA eNews June 2014

Virtual Lobby Day Recap
Thanks to all who participated in Virtual Lobby Day during the 20th Annual Symposium.  Your efforts resulted in 348 combined letters and emails sent to Congress to support elimination of health disparities in clinical trials and to former Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to protect children and public health from all tobacco products.
 
Update: The US Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to extend current tobacco regulation to include e-cigarettes. The proposals will mean that minors under the age of 18 will not be able to purchase them. In addition, the FDA is proposing regulations to extend age and marketing restrictions to include e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, waterpipe/hookah tobacco and dissolvables that are not already regulated.
 
Community Action
The House of Representatives and Congress schedules one week per month to meet with their district constituents. The next Constituent Work Week for the House and Senate is scheduled to begin the week of June 30.  Now is a great time to use the new PCNA Advocacy Toolkit to assist you in your advocacy activities during the upcoming Constituent Work Week. The toolkit contains valuable tools and resources for utilizing social media, reaching out to lawmakers and scheduling meetings and more. The Toolkit is available on pcna.net as a downloadable PDF.

Please let us know of your visits, what you discussed, and if you had a positive interaction with your representatives to trice@pcna.net.  We would love to highlight what your advocacy activities in our next eNewsletter!
 
Remember…Your voice counts and together we will do more in 2014!

Advocacy Corner | PCNA eNews May 2014

New! PCNA Advocacy Toolkit Now Available

The new PCNA Advocacy Toolkit is now available to assist you in your local, state and federal advocacy activities. The toolkit contains valuable tools and resources for utilizing social media, how to reach out to lawmakers and schedule meetings and more. The Toolkit is available on pcna.net as a downloadable PDF. PCNA thanks GlaxoSmithKline for their support in helping to develop this valuable resource. Download it today!

Advocacy Corner | PCNA eNews April 2014

Virtual Lobby Days is Almost Here
We are excited about our upcoming Virtual Lobby Days to take place during our 20th Annual Symposium, Thursday, April 10 thru Friday, April 11.  Everyone is welcome to participate including members who are unable to attend the live meeting.  Nurses and health care professionals can influence Capitol Hill without traveling to Washington, DC - all it takes is an internet connection, mobile device, or laptop.

Visit our PCNA Action Center webpage to learn more about how you can make sure your voice
is heard!
 
This year, we will urge Congress to “eliminate health disparities in clinical trials,” and ask Secretary Sebelius to assert her leadership and authority to “protect our youth and public health from tobacco products.   A recent European study on the effects of a smoking ban on reduced asthma admissions and preterm birth rates presents more impetus to Speak Up! Speak Out! against tobacco products.
 
Education Corner
The new PCNA Advocacy Toolkit is now available to assist you in your local, state and federal advocacy activities.  The toolkit will be available on the PCNA website as a downloadable PDF. 
 
Remember…Your voice counts and together we will do more in 2014!

Advocacy Corner | PCNA eNews March 2014

Save the Date
Virtual Lobby Days will take place during our 20th Annual Symposium, April 10-12.  PCNA will provide more information on the event and the issues in separate mailings and on our social media sites. We are encouraging everyone to participate - including members who are unable to attend the live meeting.  Nurses can influence Capitol Hill without going to Washington, DC!
 
Education Corner
 
Coming soon:  PCNA has developed a grassroots Advocacy Toolkit to assist you in your local, state and federal advocacy activities.  The toolkit will be available on the PCNA website as a downloadable PDF.  Look for future announcements!
 

Ten Commandments of Lobbying

  1. Do you homework
  2. Tell the truth
  3. Know your opponents
  4. Build coalitions
  5. Work at the local level    
  6. Start early
  7. Keep it simple
  8. Take your friends where you find them
  9. Think big, but always know your bottom line
  10. Thank people that help
 
Frequently Asked Question:
If I start lobbying or advocating my representatives, will I have to register as a lobbyist?
Registration as a lobbyist is not required if you are advocating, educating and raising awareness. A private citizen acting on their own or as a volunteer with an organization does not have to register. 
 
Free Webinar
The American Medical Association, Chicago Department of Public Health, and Illinois Academy of Family Physicians will host a free, one hour webinar, The TRUTH about E-CIGS and our patients, Friday March 17 at 12:00pm CDT.  For more information and to register, please visit ReadyTalk.
 
Remember…Your voice counts and together we will do more in 2014!