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    In an effort to support our members with the most updated information on COVID-19 we developed this resource page to easily access current CDC information and other resources to assist you professionally and personally.

    We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available and welcome your input as we navigate through this situation. As health care professionals it is our job to educate our patients and families on prevention and the what to do if someone is symptomatic.

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  • AwardCall for Excellence Award Nominations

    The awards are: Emerging Chapter Award, Established Chapter Excellence Award, Special Interest Group Excellence Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Excellence in Education Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Excellence in Research Award.

    The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

    Now is the time to nominate a colleague or yourself - DEADLINE is June 1, 2020.

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Health Affairs

America’s Health Rankings Report Dedicated to Veterans

By Susan Mullaney

Nearly 23 million Americans living today have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces; 2.4 million of whom are currently on active duty or in the National Guard and Reserves, and more than 20 million retired.

As those who have served age, the burden of chronic disease will continue to grow, especially among aging baby boomers who served in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

The health and well-being of those who have served continue to be a national priority. How many Veterans do you have in your practice? The latest report provides data at the population level for the health of Veterans.

The United Health Foundation recently released the latest America’s Health Rankings report: Health of Those Who Have Served Report.

This report was created in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America, leverages six years of data and is the only available national resource to provide comprehensive population-based insights into the health of those who have served in the military.

Some key findings include:

  • Despite reporting better overall health, Veterans face higher rates of chronic disease and report higher rates of unhealthy behaviors than civilians.  
  • Rates of depression, anxiety, and frequent mental distress are also higher among Veterans.

This report serves as a national resource to monitor trends over time and identify key areas of concern and opportunities for improvement. What role do you play in engaging other key stakeholders – policymakers, health officials, and community leaders – to drive action to improve the lives of Veterans? Are there opportunities for GAPNA?

Please feel free to share your thoughts at gapna@gapna.org.

Susan Mullaney, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, GS-C

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