Advocacy is one of the key components of ANNA's Mission, which states: The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) improves members' lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science. ANNA is a leading advocate for nephrology nursing and advocates on behalf of individuals, families, and communities affected by kidney disease. ANNA works closely with partners in the kidney and nursing communities to raise awareness about kidney disease and to educate state and federal policymakers about the vital role nurses play in patient care. ANNA coordinates educational activities such as the Health Policy Workshop and the Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Initiative to provide opportunities for both members and legislators to learn about health policy and issues that affect nursing practice in general and nephrology nursing practice in particular. ANNA maintains the ANNA Legislative Action Center so that members can communicate quickly and easily with their elected representatives about issues that affect nephrology nursing practice. ANNA develops Position Statements on issues important to nephrology nurses and their patients and provides resources and tools to assist members in their advocacy efforts. ANNA members may choose to join the ANNA Health Policy Specialty Practice Network (SPN) to network with colleagues about legislative issues and opportunities for advocacy.