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6th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 27-29, 2022 | Orlando, USA

October 27 -29, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA
NWC 2022

Ann Marie Reynolds Lynch

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2022 - Ann Marie Reynolds Lynch
Brigham & Women's Hospital/Worcester State University, United States
Title : Healthcare opportunities exposed by the COVID 19 pandemic


The COVID 19 pandemic in the United States has disproportionally affected Black and Latino populations which has resulted in high fatalities when compared to White populations. In Massachusetts these groups are among the state’s lowest income families. Many of these lowincome families are covered under the state’s MassHealth policy (combined program that includes Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). A health policy analysis that was conducted in 2018 examined preventative healthcare among low income adolescents covered under the Mass Health Policy revealed that only 67% percent of adolescents covered under the Mass Health Policy were in receipt of preventative care. The Policy analysis used the Bardack framework for policy analysis. The policy analysis exposed key areas for improvements that focus on building health relationships that focus on preventative health. Ignoring these opportunities will likely result in the perpetuation of health inequities and the continuation of rising healthcare cost with associated poor outcomes and poor health. Recently Massachusetts Advanced Practice nurses have been granted independent practice, this provides an opportunity for the first time in Massachusetts for nursing to independently lead preventative care policy which could secure health practices, increase equity and reduce health disparities. It’s time that all nurses including advanced practice nurses focus on being advocates to advance policy that will secure the utilization of preventative care among these groups of our populations, particularly adolescents, having insurance coverage is not enough to secure preventative services for these populations.