Academic journal article ABNF Journal

The First 100 Days

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

The First 100 Days

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On January 20, 2009, this nation inaugurated its first African American President. The historical significance of this event was without precedent. Less than one month later, President Obama signed into law The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, designed to return the national economy to a state of solvency. With a global economy on the verge of collapse, this Stimulus Plan is destined to have far reaching implications in the stabilization of failing international markets, as well. Hailed as the most important piece of legislation since the New Deal, the Act will set into motion the creation of a universal healthcare system to improve access and reduce healthcare disparities.

As healthcare spending now accounts for nearly 18% of the gross national product, clearly there is need for significant change. Although the full details of the Stimulus Plan were not known at the writing of this editorial, preliminary reports indicate that strategies will be implemented to increase the primary care health professional workforce, to disseminate larger grant dollars to schools of nursing, and to allocate more funding for the National Institute for Nursing programs and initiatives. A particular focus of the Plan will be on the implementation of health and cancer screening programs, newer approaches for obesity and weight management, and projects to reduce the rate of sexually transmitted disease. …

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