Health Policy Agenda


NAPNAP Health Policy Agenda 2014



The guiding principles of NAPNAP’s health policy agenda are: 

  • All children should have access to comprehensive, continuous, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally sensitive health care, including mental health services in order to ensure healthy lifestyles.
  • Barriers should be removed that impede patient access to care provided by advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in the care of pediatric patients across the continuum of health care.
  • Commitment to national and grassroots advocacy by NAPNAP members is essential and should be supported by providing learning opportunities for members to support their development as advocates.

NAPNAP’s Health Policy Committee has identified the following goals for focused advocacy and strategic partnerships to support NAPNAP’s mission and respond to important health policy issues.

Goal #1

Improve child and adolescent health through support and advocacy on a wide range of health issues with emphasis on the following strategic priorities: 

  • Prevention of childhood obesity through policies to promote breastfeeding, healthy nutrition and optimal physical activity levels.
  • Advocacy for increased access to comprehensive and integrated services to address childhood developmental, behavioral, and mental health issues.
  • Injury prevention and harm reduction activities focusing on the leading causes of childhood death and injury.
  • Development of comprehensive quality health indicators focused on the care of children and families.

Goal #2

Improve access to comprehensive primary, chronic and acute care services for all children and adolescents through support and advocacy for: 

  • Removal of barriers that prevent families from obtaining affordable and comprehensive child health insurance coverage.
  • Removal of barriers that prevent access to qualified pediatric providers.
  • Removal of barriers that prevent access to pediatric home health care, hospice and other community based services.
  • Optimal funding of Medicaid and CHIP programs.

Goal #3

Promote children’s access to advanced practice registered nurses through support and direct advocacy on the following issues: 

  • Recognition of pediatric nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses as primary care providers and leaders in new models of care such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and health care homes.
  • Comprehensive and fiscally responsible reimbursement by government and commercial payers for services provided by advanced practice registered nurses.
  • Participation of advanced practice registered nurses caring for pediatric patients in any federal grant programs piloting new models of care or increasing the use of health information technology, and electronic medical records.
  • Increased funding for the education of child health nursing specialists and at all levels including faculty development.


Approved by the NAPNAP Executive Board on October 19, 2013.