March 2020 – In the heart of Washington D.C.’s downtown, the Grand Hyatt Washington Moore On Health (MOH) along with approximately 200 NPs attended the AANP Annual Health Policy Conference. This is the leading policy conference for NPs from across the country to collectively discuss the issues, meet with elected representatives or their staff, and advocated for the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Role!
In addition, attendees heard from an impressive group of speakers, which included leaders in health care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Capitol Hill staff.
The conference provided opportunities to engage with other NP advocates from across the United States to discuss, strategize, reviewed ways to strengthen our profession, identified barriers to practice, and identified how to create more sustainable and equitable access to care.
The highlight and keynote speaker was Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor.
Donna Brazile, a campaign staffer, presidential campaign manager and Democratic party official, is an expert in political strategy. She tapped into her Washington circles and provided about the upcoming 2020 election. Author of the best-selling memoir “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics,” her witty style and innovative political strategies have earned her the respect of colleagues as well as adversaries.
She was honored to become the first African American to manage a presidential bid, leading Al Gore’s campaign in 2000. Her analysis of today’s issues and unique take on the policy issues in Congress led her to be named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian, Top 50 Women in America by Essence and O Power List remarkable visionary by The Oprah Magazine. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper and magazine columnist and an on-air contributor at Fox News. She is also the founder of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington D.C.
A native of New Orleans, Brazile continues to work toward the full recovery of the city, and she encourages young people of all backgrounds to vote and to strengthen the system from within by running for public office. Since 2000, she has appeared at more than a hundred higher education institutions across the country, speaking to young people about diversity and issues in our current political system.
As the conference came to a close on March 10, 2020, attendees paid close attention to the news about Covid-19. It was announced on March 11,2020 — WHO Declared COVID-19 a Pandemic.
- Outline of the 2020 AANP Agenda – https://www.aanp.org/events/2020-hpc
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