Increasing Equity for Under-Resourced Families

NNCC believes that nurses have a transformative role as holistic caregivers, advocates, and leaders. To that end, we strive to embody the principles of nursing in all aspects of our work. Understanding that health is shaped by forces outside of the exam room, NNCC advocates for policies and strategies that address systemic forms of oppression as indicators for health outcomes. The strategies include:

Increase access to high quality, affordable childcare

NNCC recognizes the many barriers families face in accessing affordable, high quality childcare. Parents and guardians unable to acquire childcare experience economic, social, and physical challenges. NNCC supports policies that expand access to high quality childcare, including reforming our nation’s welfare system.

Expand the availability of paid family leave

When families have access to paid family leave, children have better health outcomes. The United States is one of few similar countries that does not offer a national paid family leave program. NNCC seeks to promote and expand the availability of paid family leave, recognizing that it acts as a protective factor for children in communities denied resources.

Preserve and improve the accessibility of nutrition benefits

NNCC is committed to easing barriers to accessing nutrition programs such as WIC and SNAP. Access to these programs is essential to individual and community health, child brain development, disease prevention, and a host of other measurable positive outcomes.

Support common-sense reform to TANF cash assistance

NNCC supports reform of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The current program is not a viable or adequately funded financial resource for pregnant and parenting women and their families. In its current form, TANF fails to fulfill its mission of providing adequate assistance to families living in poverty and creates barriers to employment and subsidized child care. TANF program reforms are necessary to meet the needs of vulnerable, under-resourced individuals and families.

Increase accountability and improve service provisions in the CAO/CCIS offices

NNCC advocates at the state and national level for the enforcement of protections already provided though current legislation, including the Family Violence Option. NNCC supports increased training and compensation for forward-facing workers within these systems through community partnerships. As our health system moves towards health center-based screening for social determinants of health, the opportunities for such partnerships have increased.

Empower under-resourced families to increase their civic and political engagement

NNCC recognizes that families are best equipped to be their own advocates. With this in mind, NNCC seeks to increase civic and political engagement among under-resourced families, empowering them with the knowledge they need to push for systemic change.

Build protections for lactating students

As a founding member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Lactating Students, NNCC’s Nursing-Legal Partnership supports legislation requiring schools to remove barriers for lactating students and to provide time, a place, and other accommodations needed by lactating parents, without repercussions, in support of their ongoing pursuit of their education as well as the health and wellness of their families.

 

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