On February 12, the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) joined 315 other leading health and public health organizations in calling on Congress to allocate $4.5 billion more long term, annual funding to create and sustain critical public health infrastructure. Recognizing that short-term, supplemental funding will not be sufficient to combat the pandemic or to prepare the US health workforce for our next public health emergency, advocates outlined a plan for a large, sustained investment in the next COVID-19 relief package. Funds would be used for epidemiology, policies and programs that increase health equity, disease surveillance, emergency preparedness, and community partnership development.
NNCC will continue to advocate for policies and funding that strengthen the public health and nursing workforces, ensuring that we can continue the important work of reducing health inequity and protecting the nation's health. You can read the full letter below.