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

Community Health Center of the New River Valley
Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Virginia Nurses Association
GPW Health Center
Lifepoint Health
Inova
Shenandoah Community Health
Horizon Health Services
UVA Health
Medical Society of Virginia
Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
George Mason University
American Medical Association
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American College of Emergency Physicians
Johnson & Johnson
FIGS
American Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Association
Bon Secours Virginia
Valley Health
Ballad Health
American Hospital Association
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Medicine Forward
Emergency Nurses Association
ALL IN: Wellbeing First For Healthcare
La Casa de Salud
CHARM
Organizational Wellbeing Solutions
CIMA Mennonite Hospital and Mennonite Health System

Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
VCU Health System
Ochsner Health
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science® and the School of Communication and Journalism at Stony Brook University.
Carilion Clinic
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
National Medical Association
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Tulane School of Social Work
Northeast Oregon Network
Tri-Area Community Health
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Federation of American Hospitals
Emergency Department Practice Management Association
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
American Association of Suicidology
Society of Hospital Medicine
Intealth
Association of American Medical Colleges
Healthcare Workforce Coalition
Federation of State Medical Boards
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Sutter Health
American Federation of Teachers
Crisis Text Line
National Association of Social Workers
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
Ochsner Health