The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

We Must Do More: Reauthorize and Fund the #LornaBreenLaw

The pressures on health workers over the past few years finally shined a bright light on the immense strain they face – but this strain is deeply rooted in how our healthcare system operates. Our health workers continue to face a mental health crisis. We must do more for those working tirelessly to save lives, often at great personal risk.

We must reauthorize and increase funding for the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (HR 7153/S 3679).

Please contact your lawmakers to support the Act now.

The Law: A Needed First Step

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act is a landmark, first-of-its-kind legislation supporting health workers’ mental health and well-being. Since its passage in 2022, the Lorna Breen Act has funded $103 million across 45 organizations to implement evidence-informed strategies that reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. It has also established the Impact Wellbeing™ campaign, which gives hospital leaders evidence-informed solutions to reduce health worker burnout, sustain well-being, and build a system where health workers thrive.

But this is only scratching the surface of caring for our caregivers — less than 1% of the 6,120 hospitals in our country received grants, and it doesn’t consider the 200,000+ other types of healthcare settings. In addition to widening its reach to more hospitals, the reauthorization of the Lorna Breen Act also renews focus on reducing administrative burden for health workers everywhere.

It’s time to act. Contact your lawmakers to support reauthorization.

Harnessing Our Collective Strength

The Lorna Breen Act would not have been possible without the representatives dedicated to supporting our healthcare workforce. We would like to thank the following legislators cosponsoring the bill’s reauthorization: Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN), and Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Susan Wild (D-PA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), and Jen Kiggans (R-VA).

We would also like to thank the growing list of over 70 industry supporters, including the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Together, we can help better care for our caregivers.

Contact your lawmakers to support reauthorizing the Act now.

You can access a downloadable two-pager with highlights about the reauthorization of the Lorna Breen Act here. This is a great resource for health leaders interested in learning more about the Lorna Breen Act and what it means for their health system.

Supporting Organizations

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science® and the School of Communication and Journalism at Stony Brook University.
ALL IN: Wellbeing First For Healthcare
American Academy of Dermatology Association
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of PAs
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Suicidology
American College of Cardiology
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American College of Radiology
American College of Rheumatology
American College of Surgeons
American Dental Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Hospital Association
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Organization for Nursing Leadership
American Osteopathic Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Urological Association
Association for Clinical Oncology
Association of American Medical Colleges
Ballad Health
Bon Secours Virginia
Caregiver Action Network
Carilion Clinic
Children’s Hospital Association
CIMA Mennonite Hospital and Mennonite Health System
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Community Health Center of the New River Valley
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Crisis Text Line
Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
Emergency Department Practice Management Association
Emergency Nurses Association
Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Federation of American Hospitals
Federation of State Medical Boards
Federation of State Physician Health Programs
George Mason University
GPW Health Center
Healthcare Workforce Coalition
Horizon Health Services
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johnson & Johnson
La Casa de Salud
Lifepoint Health
Medical Society of Virginia
Medicine Forward
Moral Injury of Healthcare
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Social Workers
National Black Nurses Association
National Hispanic Health Foundation
National Hispanic Medical Association
National League for Nursing
National Medical Association
National Minority Quality Forum
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Northeast Oregon Network
Ochsner Health
Organizational Wellbeing Solutions
PBI Education
Renal Physicians Association
Shenandoah Community Health
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Society for Vascular Surgery
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Society of Hospital Medicine
Society of Surgical Economics
Sutter Health
The Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas DC-MD-VA chapter
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Thrive Global Foundation
Tri-Area Community Health
Tulane School of Social Work
UVA Health
Valley Health
VCU Health System
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Virginia Nurses Association