Health Policy Resources

Health Policy Resources

We rely on a network of U.S. federal agencies and nonprofit organizations to stay ahead of advances in cancer care—and so can you. Here are some of the trustworthy institutions whose news, research, and policy decisions affect oncology nurses.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The AHRQ's mission is to produce evidence that makes health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. The agency works within within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that its evidence is understood and used.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 

The CMS administers the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Programs, creating an outcome-driven healthcare system as it leads the charge in healthcare innovation and implementation.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC prevents business practices that are anticompetitive, deceptive, or unfair to consumers without burdening legitimate business activity. Its work enhances informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process.

Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

Backed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, this campaign is driven by evidence-based recommendations from the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report. The campaign is working to transform health care through nursing by mobilizing coalitions representing nurses, consumers, educators, businesses, and other healthcare providers. Sign up to receive the Advancing Health: News from the Campaign for Action newsletter.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. It coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to cancer. The National Cancer Program's work spans all phases of cancer, from cause and diagnosis to rehabilitation and survivorship care. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH is a medical research agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its important discoveries improve health and save lives.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

The NINR supports and conducts research and research training that builds the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevents disease and disability, manages and eliminates symptoms caused by illness, and improves palliative and end-of-life care.

U.S. Legislature

Find out what’s happening in the House of Representatives or the Senate, and write to your representative or senator

The White House

Learn about the top news and issues of the day through the executive branch, and send your questions or comments to the President and his staff.

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