The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Public Affairs provides a voice for our professional nursing organization as we promote legislation, regulatory, and workplace policies and advocate to safe guard the health and safety of workers, their families and the work environment. AAOHN Public Affairs includes three components: the Legislative Affairs Committee, the AAOHN Public Policy Platform and Communication by AAOHN about Public Policy. Each of these components has specific functions and activities for AAOHN to accomplish the overall goal of being recognized within the public policy arena as advocates for worker health and safety and the occupational health nursing workforce. Occupational and environmental health nurses (OHNs) work individually and collectively at the local, state, national and international levels to promote health and protect workers from illness and injury.
The goal of Public Affairs is to a) communicate the collective advocacy efforts taken by the AAOHN Legislative Affairs Committee and b) provide tools to individual members and AAOHN Affiliate Chapters. All advocacy efforts endorsed by AAOHN are approved by the Board of Directors and then communicated to members and publicly.
The following schematic demonstrates the corresponding functions and activities for each component.