Texas Nurses Association supports health policy that improves the health of Texans and their access to quality health care. Through participation in a number of state advisory groups and work groups, TNA represents the perspective of nursing. And through involvement in various health care coalitions, TNA supports legislative initiatives that advocate for good, sound health care policy for all Texans.
Some of the groups where TNA represents nursing are:
Texas HIV/Aids Coalition – the coalition was founded to advocate for appropriate funding for HIV/AIDS programs within the State of Texas, to expand access to quality health care and treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS, and to advocate for public policies that promote the health, welfare and civil rights of all Texans affected by HIV/AIDS.
Texas Nurses Association supports the work of this coalition. Through TNA representation at the coalition's quarterly meetings, TNA ensures the voice of nursing is represented.
Texas Public Health Coalition – created in 2006, the Texas Public Health Coalition is a group of more than 20 organizations that seeks to improve the health of all Texans by advancing core public health principles at the state and community levels. Through legislative initiatives, promotion of health and disease prevention, and education to encourage citizens to adopt healthy lifestyles, the coalition focuses on the leading causes of death and disability in Texas – cancer, tobacco use, obesity and stroke.
Texas Immunization Stakeholder Working Group – established by the 78th Texas Legislature to improve the state immunization rates with a special focus on children, this work group is a partnership of representatives from federal, state and local agencies and programs; schools; health care providers; employers; insurance/health plans; vaccine manufacturers; and members of the private sector that come together under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Nursing is represented by Texas Nurses Association.
A priority of the group is to develop a road map to assist the Immunization Branch of DSHS set priorities and implement plans to increase the vaccination rates in the state.
Healthy Texas Babies – the Healthy Texas Babies initiative, a partnership of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the March of Dimes, was undertaken to reduce infant mortality in Texas. It is guided by a panel of experts – a Texas Nurses Association representative is a member of the panel and represents nursing. Activities of the initiative are based on current research.