Legislative Action Center

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving the health of women and newborns and strengthening the nursing profession. AWHONN represents the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women’s health, obstetric, and neonatal nursing across the United States.

In 2007, the AWHONN Public Policy Committee was created to help guide the direction of the organization’s advocacy efforts. The current Committee members, listed below, helped to develop and will implement the 2021 Legislative Priorities for the association.

Download the 2021 Legislative Priorities.  For more information on AWHONN’s advocacy efforts, email advocacy@awhonn.org.

AWHONN regularly interacts with Members of Congress, their staff, and key agency officials. Find our communications to these important partners .

Can’t make it to Washington, DC? Consider scheduling a meeting with your legislators close to home. These tips will help you get started.

View the coalitions  that advocate for research, nursing education and better patient care.

2020 Public Policy Committee

• Desiree Bertrand
• Edith L. Combs
• Jill R. DeMirci
• Lorie Goshin
• Shelly Gray-Lopez
• Audrey Lyndon (Board representative)
• Lauren Nunally (Chair)
• Cheryl Parker
• Veronica Pasha
• Megan Raleigh
• Heather K. Scruton
• Dixie K. Weber
• Lori A. Yates Hodges


• Seth Chase
• Jacqueline Rychnovsky (Staff Lead)