WASHINGTON, D.C. – From November 26-30, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses and registered nurses across the United States celebrated the third annual National Nurse-Managed Health Clinic Week. The week came about through Senate Resolution 603 A, co-sponsored for the third consecutive year by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
“As Americans continue to struggle with the effects of the economy, it is vital that policymakers continue to support the work of nurse-managed health clinics,” says Tine Hansen-Turton, Chief Executive Officer of National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a national organization that provides critical support to nurse-managed health clinics. “We must recognize the impact nurse-managed health clinics make in the healthcare system.”
To celebrate the role of nurse-managed health clinics, NNCC hosted its member conference, “Scalable Innovations for Nursing,” during the same days as National Nurse-Managed Health Clinic Week. The conference provides a national forum for practitioners from 22 states and the District of Columbia.
NNCC’s conference occurred in part with the generous support of the Philadelphia-based Independence Foundation, as well as the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “We're proud that our funding for 36 safety net clinics, serving more than 150,000 of our region’s most vulnerable, has helped increase access to quality care," said Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “Transforming health care through innovation is our Foundation’s mission and we're pleased to support NNCC’s conference.”
Nurse-managed health clinics are most often led by nurse practitioners who act as primary care providers for patients least likely to receive ongoing health care services.
About NNCC: A critical supporter of nurse-managed health clinics in the United States, National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) works to advance nurse-led health care through policy, consultation, programs and applied research to reduce health disparities and meet people’s primary care and wellness needs. The nation’s 500nurse-managed health clinics reduce health disparities by providing high quality comprehensive primary health care, health promotion and disease prevention services to uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable patients in rural, urban and suburban communities.For more information on NNCC, visit www.nncc.us.
About PHMC: Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit www.phmc.org.