AAOHN Public & Legislative Affairs provides a voice for our professional nursing organization as we promote legislation, regulatory, and workplace policies and advocate to safeguard the health and safety of workers, their families, and the work environment. AAOHN Public Affairs includes three components: the Legislative Affairs Advisory Group, the AAOHN Public Policy Platform and Communication by AAOHN about Public Policy. Each of these components has specific functions and activities for AAOHN to accomplish the overall goal of being recognized within the public policy arena as advocates for worker health and safety and the occupational health nursing workforce. Occupational and environmental health nurses (OHNs) work individually and collectively at the local, state, national and international levels to promote health and protect workers from illness and injury.
The goal of Public Affairs is to a) communicate the collective advocacy efforts taken by the AAOHN Legislative Affairs Advisory Group and b) provide tools to individual members and AAOHN chapters. All advocacy efforts endorsed by AAOHN are approved by the Board of Directors and then communicated to members. The following diagram demonstrates the corresponding functions and activities for each component.
Legislative Affairs State Networking Forum
Formally the Legislative Affairs Chapter Networking Group, this new, online forum is part of the Legislative Affairs Advisory Group initiative focused on outreach for legislative issues of interest at the state and local level. This forum provides members with an opportunity to post topics and submit questions for discussion with AAOHN members across the country.
Click here to access the forum.