March 10, 2008
Secretary Michael Leavitt
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
Dear Secretary Leavitt:
On behalf of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), I am writing to express our disappointment that a nurse has not been appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Panel on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020.
ANNA is a professional nursing organization of more than 12,000 registered nurses practicing in nephrology. ANNA members are intimately involved in the supervision and delivery of care to adults and children with kidney disease. Our members work in a variety of settings including dialysis facilities, transplant centers, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) clinics, acute care, ambulatory clinics and long-term care. ANNAs purpose is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship and excellence.
More than 350,000 Americans have End Stage Renal Disease, which gives the US the highest incidence rate in the world. ANNA members provide care to these individuals and in addition, work diligently in the areas of education and prevention of kidney disease. We are exceedingly aware that nurses have a strong focus on health promotion and disease prevention and believe that this oversight in the composition of the Advisory Panel is a critical error.
The ANNA respectfully asks you to reconsider the membership of the Advisory Panel on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, and appoint a nurse. If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance to you on kidney disease or related matters, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sandra Bodin, MA, RN, CNN
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