Campaign for Action Update: September 13, 2016

 

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In Memoriam: Dean Rita Ann Frantz
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is saddened to learn of the death of University of Iowa College of Nursing Dean Rita Ann Frantz, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dean Frantz was co-lead of the Iowa Action Coalition; colleagues will miss her leadership and insights. Links to articles about the dean’s life can be found on the Campaign blog.

Campaign News and Features

Campaign’s Weekly Email Now Biweekly
After a short break, the Weekly Update is back with a new name and schedule: Now you’ll receive the Campaign Update every two weeks. Let us know what you think by writing to Aidan McCallion.

Nevada Nurses Plant Energy and Ideas to Help Urban Farm Grow

The first time the co-leads of the Nevada Action Coalition toured the Vegas Roots Community Garden with its energetic executive director, they knew they had found their Culture of Health calling. The city’s only urban farm is growing to meet the needs of a low-income neighborhood, and now student nurses are involved in this flourishing partnership.

Louisiana Still Recovering; Nurses Are Still There Too
When the American Red Cross asked for help after the damaging storm that hit Louisiana in August, among the nurses responding was Connecticut’s Cindy Holle, RN, DNP. What does a nurse do in meeting needs of hundreds of residents who are suddenly homeless? Holle wrote about some of what she encountered.

When Health Is Good, So Is Business
Health Means Business, a two-year campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows up in Atlanta next. One speaker at a forum this week: Lisa Eichelberger, DSN, RN, co-lead of the Georgia Action Coalition and project director for that state’s RWJF State Implementation Program. She will be part of the Georgia Health Means Business Forum in Atlanta September 15.

Modern Healthcare Top 100 Includes Many Campaign Allies
Many Campaign supporters were among those Modern Healthcare named the 100 most influential people in health care in 2016, including members of the Campaign’s Champion Nursing Council and Champion Nursing Coalition.

Nebraska Nurses Offer Tips on Getting Laws Changed 

Though law-making differs state to state, similar strategies can be applied when it comes to making a compelling case. That’s why a paper by three allies of the Nebraska Action Coalition can help everyone in analyzing how Nebraska got its scope laws improved.

2010 Future of Nursing Report Has Moved
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health has a new online home. Find The 2010 report–better yet, bookmark it!–at http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/reports/2010/the-future-of-nursing-leading-change-advancing-health.aspx.The Institute of Medicine is now the National Academy of Medicine, and online resources were reorganized.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

CMS Alters Applications for Accountable Health Communities Model Award
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which through its Accountable Health Communities Model will fund efforts to link community services with health-related needs, has modified its requirements for the first track: awareness. Learn more at a webinar on Wednesday, September 14 at 2 p.m. ET. Applications are due November 3.

“Teaching Health Policy” National Conference Set for January
“Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education: Giving Wings to Innovation,” the fourth annual policy conference hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, will take place January 17. Submissions for abstracts will be accepted through October.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinar Stars Nurses on Boards Chief, 2 Young Leaders
Learn about leadership from leaders at different stages in their careers, including the executive director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition. The Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition hosts. Continuing education units are offered. September 15, 1 p.m. ET. Register.

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!

Campaign for Action Update: August 23, 2016

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Burnes Bolton Named a 2016 Living Legend
In honor of her tremendous commitment to nursing, the American Academy of Nursing has named  Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a 2016 “Living Legend.” Burnes Bolton is vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. She was vice chair of the committee overseeing the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report on the future of nursing, and serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation board.

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Louisiana Needs Nurses for Victims of Flood

In the wake of historic flooding, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is not the only one asking for volunteers in the state: the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services seeks nurses and other health professionals to provide aid for thousands unable to go home. For those health professionals who can make a nine-day commitment, learn more.

Tool Shows Correlation Between “Digitally Isolated” Communities, Health Quality

The Mapping Broadband Health in America tool, produced by the Federal Communications Commission, shows that people in counties that have poor access to broadband also do more poorly when it comes to health. The tool is based on the County Rankings & Roadmaps, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and also useful in showing the health of communities.

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 
AARP Foundation, which with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites all to join its annual day of service at the National Mall September 11-12 to pack 1.5 million meals for the Capital Area Food Bank. The volunteer event is a tribute to veterans and first responders and takes place on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Find out more at the Meal Pack Challenge website

 

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities


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Communities Committed to Health Can Apply for Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants to recognize communities that put a priority on health. Those that are deeply committed to helping everyone live well can apply for the 2017 Culture of Health Prize, which provides $25,000 and publicizes your efforts. Apply by November 3. Learn more during a webinar on September 22.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders committed to long-term careers, the better to create a Culture of Health. Nursing schools have until September 15 at 3 p.m. ET to apply for funding to support their Future of Nursing Scholars.

Nursing Journal Requests Articles for Future of Nursing Issue

Thanks to Connecticut, Nursing Education Perspectives will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and seeks submissions from Action Coalitions writing about their efforts to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The National League for Nursing’s research journal prefers data-based manuscripts.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars Hosted by Action Coalitions 

“Expand Your Mind and Heart Through Reflective Practice”

Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: Tuesday, September 13

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care are, much like the Culture of Health, founded on the belief that everyone deserves fair and equal rights in health care. The Tennessee Action Coalition will host the third of six webinars based on those standards in a session that introduces the value of reflective practice and critical reflection–ways of critiquing one’s practice as well as examining values, beliefs, and cultural heritage . Register 

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Nominate Exceptional Nurses for Modern Healthcare’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Deadline: October 7.

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!

Campaign for Action Update: Louisiana Needs Nurses for Victims of Flood

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The American Red Cross Disaster Health Services needs nurses and other health professionals as it helps victims of the flooding in Louisiana. The Red Cross needs to hear as soon as possible from those who can help.

Exact duties and demands change daily, but there are two broad requirements:

  • You can make a nine-day commitment  (seven days of work on the job and a day for travel at each end)
  • You are a health care professional with a current, unencumbered license

The Red Cross seeks registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and advanced practice registered nurses.   (Here is more information for non-health professionals who wish to volunteer.)

Please contact Respond@redcross.org with this information:

  1. Professional name
  2. Email address
  3. Professional license/certification
  4. State in which you live
  5. Airport(s) that you would fly from
  6. Earliest date you can leave
  7. Date you must be home
  8. A phone number and good times to call

After the screening, those who are able to fit the need for this disaster relief effort will be asked to take a one-hour course, Health Services Fundamental 2.

Thank you for considering this request to help the thousands affected by the flooding.

Campaign for Action: Finalize the VA Proposed Rule

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Write Now! Ask Your Representatives to Say Yes to Better Health Care for Veterans

As you might know, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received enormous response to its proposed rule that would allow all advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in its health facilities.

Now the VA has to make a final decision-and you can still speak up. Your legislators on Capitol Hill need to know that you, as a constituent, believe that the VA should approve the proposed rule.

Why? Because, in addition to the 200,000 comments it received from the public, the VA also will take into account what they hear from elected representatives.

Please feel free to use any or all of the draft language below to express to your representative or senator your support for full practice authority for all four categories of APRNs at the VA. (Do note that there are a few areas you should fill in to personalize this letter.)

This website can help you locate contact information for your members of Congress.

Sample Letter:
Dear Representative/Senator___________:

So that we as a nation are able to provide veterans high-quality care when and where they need it, all of our health professionals must be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training. That is why I support the Veterans Health Administration’s proposed rule to improve veterans’ access to care by removing the barriers that keep advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from providing the care they are trained and able to provide.

Acting in the best interest of our veterans means that this rule should apply to all APRNs: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. For example, veterans need better access to pain care and pain management, as seen in just two findings from the independent assessment of the VHA mandated by Congress in 2014. That assessment tied a lack of anesthesia support to the fact that veterans had to wait longer for cardiovascular surgery and colonoscopy services than did those in the private sector.

The public comment period has ended. Now we need our representatives in Congress to weigh in on this proposal that in its entirety would give veterans the care they deserve. As a [nurse, nurse champion, citizen who cares about veterans], with [family member, spouse, friend] who has served in the armed forces, as well as a concerned constituent from your [state/district], I urge you to let the White House know of your support for the proposed rule RIN 2900-AP44-Advanced Practice Registered Nurses for all four categories of APRNS.

Thank you for your attention to this important veterans’ health care issue.

Sincerely,
Xxxxx

Campaign for Action Update: August 9, 2016

 

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Shout-Out

Wisconsin SIP Project Manager Named Chair of School of Nursing

Congratulations to Carol Sabel, PhD, RN, CNE, for being named chair of the School of Nursing at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Sabel is active with the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, a co-lead of the Action Coalition, as the grant project manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program. She was associate dean of the master of nursing program in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College, also in Milwaukee.

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No Weekly Update Next Week 

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action‘s Weekly Update will be on hiatus August 16. We will return August 23.

Numbers Marking Progress Have Been Updated

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action gauges progress on a number of fronts, and many of those have just been updated with new figures. The primary indicators were updated in June, and now the same has been done for secondary indicators on the Campaign Dashboard. Read more about the latest numbers on education, diversity, workforce data, leadership, access to care, and other Campaign pillars on the website.

Study Shows Shorter ER Waits When Nurses’ Responsibilities Expanded

If hospitals expand nurses’ responsibilities in the emergency room for certain types of treatments, patients can leave much sooner, finds a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The study’s lead author told EMSWorld, “For certain patients, nurse-driven protocols can dramatically decrease the amount of time they spend in the emergency department. …It helps everyone in the ER by reducing crowding.” One such protocol: administering acetaminophen for those with fever. The study concludes: “A cooperative and collaborative interdisciplinary group is essential to success.”

Radford School of Nursing Joins Collaborative Community Effort
In Wise, Virginia, 10 members of Radford’s School of Nursing joined an annual massive effort to deliver health care to more than 2,000 underserved Virginians. At this year’s Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in early July, 1,200 health care providers and other volunteers delivered medical, dental, vision, and preventive care. It’s the latest example of Radford’s preparing nurses by getting them out in the field. Among Radford volunteers was faculty member Kemberly Campbell, MSN, RN, who called it a “valuable experience for the students to see the reality of health care when access is limited or unavailable.” RAM is part of a nonprofit volunteer medical relief corps that offers such clinics where it is needed around the world.

Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor in Health Care Use, Costs 

Since 2004, the gap has widened between rich and poor when it comes to health care, finds an analysis published in the July Health Affairs of 50 years of data. It wasn’t always so (Medicare and Medicaid shifted the balance in the 1970s), but today, copayments and deductibles are most likely the reason that the middle class and poor are paying more for care than they used to, and so seeking it less. Report authors discuss their findings in a commentary published in The Hill.

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 

AARP Foundation, which, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites volunteers to be a part of its annual day of service. P eople of all ages are asked to spend 90 minutes (or more!) at the National Mall September 11-12, in the effort to pack 1.5 million meals for hungry residents served by the Capital Area Food Bank. The charitable event is a tribute to veterans and first responders on what will mark the 15th year after the attacks of September 11. Find out more at the Meal Pack Challenge website. If you want to volunteer as a group, please contact Darryl Lockett at AARP,  dlockett@aarp.org.

Send Us News of Your Webinars

Remember, the Weekly Update now lists webinars held by Action Coalitions. Let us know of an online event you’re hosting: Send title, date, time, and description to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Modern Healthcare Seeks Nominations for Exceptional Nurses

Calling exceptional nurses at all levels: Modern Healthcare,  the health magazine, has teamed up with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing to celebrate, for the second year, nurses who are out in front. Now is the time to nominate those who show exemplary leadership in advancing care through nursing, and developing innovative programs, in the Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Because nurses are in executive suites as well as delivering care alone and on teams in hospitals, health systems, and in the community, the awards for leaders in nursing are in six categories: unit/departmental; senior-level; the Lillian Carter exemplary acts; team-achievement; diversity; and rising stars. Last year, the inaugural year, featured three categories. (See last year’s winners.)

Nominations deadline: October 7.  Winners will be announced January 16.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2017 Summit Invites Speakers, Presenters

If your expertise concerns childhood obesity or communities especially affected by the crisis, you’re invited to address others who are also trying to solve this problem. The Partnership for a Healthier America will hold its annual summit next May, and seeks a diverse set of experts to lead some of its popular breakout sessions about solutions or innovations. The Partnership works with the private sector to improve our nation’s health, starting with youngsters and communities most in need.

Those interested should return completed applications for the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., no later than September 1.

Nursing Journal Requests Pieces for Future of Nursing Issue

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions writing about their efforts to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The idea for the special issue is thanks to the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition, following its work on transforming education. The research journal, which is produced by the National League for Nursing, prefers data-based manuscripts.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars Hosted by Action Coalitions 

New – “Expand Your Mind and Heart Through Reflective Practice”

Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: Tuesday, September 13

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care are, much like the Culture of Health, founded on the belief that everyone deserves fair and equal rights in health care. The Tennessee Action Coalition will soon host the third of six webinars based on those Standards of Practice. The one-hour session introduces the value of reflective practice and critical reflection — ways of critiquing one’s practice as well as examining values, beliefs, and cultural heritage.

Presenting will be Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC, associate professor of nursing at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Register 

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here

Campaign for Action Update: August 2, 2016

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Shout-Out

A Culture of Health Summer, In Photos 

Over two sessions in two cities in the past two months, almost all Action Coalitions, plus some Breakthrough Nurse Leaders and RWJF’s Public Health Nurse Leaders, participated in training and conversations on ways to build a Culture of Health. Through consultations, Q&As with experts, conversation among panelists, the ideas flowed in both Omaha and Knoxville, where the workshops were held. In the coming months, you’ll hear more of how the inspiration has been turned into action, but meanwhile, the Campaign offers a look at what went on.

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Take a Look at the Campaign PowerPoint Presentation (and the Do’s and Don’ts)

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action PowerPoint regularly updates its slide presentation so you have a tailored way to talk to others about your Action Coalition’s work. One update worth noting: We have spelled out the guidelines to make clear what you are allowed to use and alter, and posted that disclaimer. The rules mostly address protected copyrighted materials, especially photos and images, that are licensed by the Campaign but owned by others. If you have questions about how to use the presentation, contact Campaign staff for assistance.

Program Focuses on Nurses, Team-Based Community Care 
A unique alliance of four foundations is behind a new two-year program to help nurses lead the way in providing team-based care in their communities. As reported online in Health Affairs, the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program will choose 16 schools to build new models for multiple professions to work together. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Campaign, came up with the idea as one way to strengthen community-based programs. RWJF is collaborating with The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on the program, which starts with a three-day training in October at the University of Minnesota.

Connecticut Education Efforts Lead to Journal Opportunity 

A respected, peer-reviewed research journal invites Action Coalitions to send articles about their work and successes on the Institute of Medicine recommendations, as noted in the July 25 Weekly Update. The road leading to that invitation is worth noting as well.

Read the Campaign’ s short report on how efforts to improve nursing education by the dean and assistant dean of Fairfield University’s Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, working with the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition statewide director, evolved into a special edition of the National League for Nursing journal that will be focused on nursing. (Read more about that invitation below, under “opportunities.”)

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 

AARP Foundation, which, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites volunteers to be a part of its annual day of service . People of all ages are asked to spend 90 minutes (or more!) at the National Mall September 11-12, in the foundation’s effort to pack 1.5 million meals for hungry residents served by the Capital Area Food Bank. The charitable event is a tribute to veterans and first responders on what will mark the 15th year after the attacks of September 11. Find out more and sign up at the Meal Pack Challenge website. If you want to volunteer as a group, please contact Darryl Lockett at AARP,  dlockett@aarp.org.

Send Us News of Your Webinars

Remember, the Weekly Update now lists webinars held by Action Coalitions. Let us know of an online event you’re hosting: Send title, date, time, and description  to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities
New
– Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2017 Summit Invites Speakers, Presenters

If your expertise concerns childhood obesity or communities especially affected by the crisis, you’re invited to address others who are also trying to solve this problem. The Partnership for a Healthier America will hold its annual summit next May, and seeks a diverse set of experts to lead some of its popular breakout sessions about solutions or innovations. The Partnership works with the private sector to improve our nation’s health, starting with youngsters and communities most in need.

 

Those interested should return completed applications for the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, DC, no later than September 1.
Nursing Journal Requests Pieces for Future of Nursing Issue

Nursing Education Perspectives  will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites submissions now. Articles are to be based on the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the report that kicked off the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. The National League for Nursing’s research journal prefers data-based manuscripts, and particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions.

Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars of Interest


Better Health Within Five Years? CDC Offers the Evidence 

Date: Tuesday, August 9

Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) has identified a range of community-wide approaches associated with improved health, and wants to talk about it. John Auerbach, CDC’s associate director for policy, will give real-world examples of its new High-Five initiative (formally, Health Impact in Five Years) in a webinar hosted by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the CDC. Auerbach and other experts will highlight nonclinical, cost-effective interventions that will help improve health within five years (or sooner).

Register for next week’s session on early childhood intervention.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!

Campaign for Action Update: July 26, 2016

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Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of July 26. In this week’s update, find shout-outs; news; funding opportunities; and webinars.

If you know of a story or event you want to tell others about, or a person or action that deserves recognition, let us know by emailing Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Shout-Out

Encouraging Nurses to Join Boards

Thanks to AnnMarie Lee Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, and Connie Mullinix, PhD, MBA, RN, for raising their voices to encourage oncology nurses to join boards. Walton, a Campaign for Action 2014 Breakthrough Nurse Leader, and Mullinix, a member of the North Carolina Action Coalition and a nursing faculty member at East Carolina University, make the point in a powerful way in a piece in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing that cites both the Nurses on Boards Coalition and the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that nurses should “lead change to advance health care.” Write Walton and Mullinix, “Board service as an oncology nurse is a chance to use hard-earned skills in communication, safety, quality, and advocacy in a new venue and to be at the table to make decisions that have a significant impact on the health of the community.” (Here is a link to the piece, which is behind a paywall.)

News

FTC Joins AARP, RWJF in Support of VA Nursing Proposal

The Federal Trade Commission is the latest large entity to comment in favor of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice with full authority in VA facilities, following the written support from AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to a recent poll,  they’re in good company: 88 percent of Americans support the proposed VA rule. The poll, by Veterans Deserve Care, a grassroots campaign led by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, also showed 91 percent of respondents with a veteran in their family support the proposed change. More than 167,000 comments were received during the public comment period, which ended July 25. (Good job, all.)

President Obama Signs Opioids Bill Into Law

President Barack Obama, as expected, last week signed into law the Senate bill that will allow nurses to prescribe buprenorphine to ease symptoms of those going through withdrawals from opioid use. Among those praising it was Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, president of the Emergency Nurses Association, who said in a news release,  “Emergency department visits linked to misuse or abuse of prescription opioids have risen by more than 50 percent since 2004,” and that the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is a “major step in the right direction for battling the opioid epidemic and heroin crisis.”

Nurse’s Editorial: We’re Best Positioned to Push Culture of Health

Public Health Nursing makes a smart case for why nurses are “in a unique position to help professionals working in the health care system understand and incorporate the social determinants of health into their practice.”

In her editorial that focuses especially on children’s health, Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, notes that public health nurses have long known that living conditions including housing and air quality have a huge impact on health, and that for all nurses, every health care encounter is a chance for a nurse to assess what a child and her family face at home. In a country that spends more than others on health with poor rankings to show for it, Cox also suggests that nurses can get involved in policy efforts to lead to improve a healthier population.

Looking for Inspiration to Build Healthier Communities

Are you looking for ideas around building a Culture of Health? Look no further than this website run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site,”NCCDPHP Success Stories,” features dozens of stories about how good organizations are doing great things to help a Culture of Health blossom nationwide. (The abbreviation is for National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.) Read more .

A Lively Chat on Living Better: Tune In and Learn

The goal is audacious–help 100 million people live health lives by 2020–but as you will hear, it is grounded in reality. This Thursday, hear from the people who are making it happen in a free online program sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). “100 Million Healthier Lives: From Vision to Reality,” airing 2 to 3 p.m. ET, will be a review of the initiative’s past two years and a look at the plans in place for the coming four years. Learn more and enroll here.

IHI started its whimsically named but practical WIHI years ago. The twice-a-month one-hour broadcasts on various health topics feature a host, guest experts, and questions from listeners. Chats can be heard live or downloaded from the archive .

Weekly Update Now Promoting Action Coalition Webinars

The Weekly Update is expanding its webinar listings to include those held by Action Coalitions. If your organization is hosting an online event that might be of interest to others, please let us know so we can let others know too. Send the title, date, time, and description  to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New-Nursing Journal Requests Pieces for Future of Nursing Issue

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites submissions now. Articles are to be based on the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the report that kicked off the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action . The National League for Nursing’s research journal prefers data-based manuscripts, and particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions.

Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

RWJF Funds Research That Expands Evidence for Culture of Health  

To encourage research on the way specific policies, programs, and partnerships affect health and well-being, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is awarding funds in its Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health  initiative. The funds are an effort to support creative, rigorous research -especially for novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the initiative.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States

Deadline: August 2

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!

Campaign for Action Update: July 19, 2016

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Shout-Out

Campaign for Action Recognizes Two More 2016 AAN Fellows

In the July 5 Weekly Update, the Campaign congratulated the 164 new fellows picked by the American Academy of Nursing, noting especially six who are involved with the Campaign. We have since learned that two more of the 2016 fellows are associated with the Campaign. We are proud to congratulate them now:

  • Ann Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, Missouri Action Coalition
  • Suzanne Staebler, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, Georgia Action Coalition

News

Deadline Nears to Support VA Proposal for Nurses, Veterans 

Monday is the last day to register your point of view about whether veterans deserve to get the full care they deserve from nurses. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed that nurses be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities, and for 60 days has sought comments from the public at Regulations.gov.

The American Nurses Association offers one more way you can raise your voice and ask others to as well: Wednesday, the ANA hosts a Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclaps allow thousands of people to send out one message online at once — sort of a virtual flash mob. If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, be a part of the virtual crowd and, in ANA’s words, “Tell the VA that veterans need access to care faster, without having to jump through hoops.”

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Nurses to Aid Those With Addictions

Nurses soon will have a bigger role in fighting America’s opioid epidemic. July 13, the Senate passed a bill that allows nurses with special training to prescribe buprenorphine. The bill goes a long way toward treating the crisis as a public health problem, not one addressed strictly through law enforcement. Read the Campaign‘s post.

New Report Assesses Duties, Stress Levels of Mental Health Caregivers 

Two leaders of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action write about family caregiving and mental health in a post that should resonate with many. Whether you are a nurse who has been trained formally or a family caregiver who has been taught by life itself, as the piece says, chances are we all know someone whose family deals with mental health issues. Originally posted on AARP’s Public Policy Institute’s blog , the piece by Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America; and Jennifer Peed, MSW, director of the Office of Center Integration and deputy director, RWJF State Implementation Program, reviews research showing some 8.4 million family caregivers are supporting someone with a mental illness.

 

Maryland Action Coalition Gathered Leaders in Nursing Education for 2016 Summit

The Maryland Action Coalition hosted more than 100 leaders from various health professions, educational institutions, and health care organizations for its June 27 summit. Opening up with the keynote address on nursing education were Joan I. Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, associate professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing; Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief operating officer, Dimensions Healthcare System; and Mary Ann Greene, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, program coordinator of the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative through the Maryland Organization for Nurse Leaders. Read more about the event, which also featured a presentation by The Nurse Leadership Institute and 18 peer-reviewed posters.
Community Health Can Start With School-Based Health Centers

A new Brookings paper explores ways in which school-based health centers can promote community health, and how schools and the health care system can collaborate to create an environment that furthers the school’s educational objectives. Olga Price, PhD, of The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health also writes about the challenges these centers face, and possible solutions.

Knoxville Welcomes Action Coalitions to Culture of Health Workshop
The summertime Culture of Health sessions concluded last week with a gratifying gathering in Knoxville, Tennessee. More than two dozen Action Coalitions–those that had not attended the Omaha workshop in June–spent July 13-14 discussing ways they are building a Culture of Health and their plans to increase those efforts.

Co-hosted by the Tennessee Action Coalition and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the two days helped Action Coalitions understand how to link their work implementing the recommendations on the future of nursing from the Institute of Medicine with efforts to build a Culture of Health.

Thank you to Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PCPNP-BC, FAAN, Tennessee Action Coalition, as well as the sponsors who helped make the two days a success.

Resource: Funder Suggests Hallway Conversations vs. Elevator Pitches

One in an ongoing series that highlights resources on the Campaign website.

The director of a foundation that backs social entrepreneurs offers his thoughts on how to successfully approach people like him, worthy as your cause is. You might be familiar with some of the suggestions he makes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, but quite a few are surprising. “I am rooting for you,” he writes, then goes on to gently explain why he and other funders aren’t always enticed by elevator pitches thrown their way.


Weekly Update Now Promoting Action Coalition Webinars

The Weekly Update is expanding its webinar listings to include those held by Action Coalitions. If your organization is hosting an online event that might be of interest to others, please let us know so we can let others know too. Send the title, date, time and description to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New – Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional applicant Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

RWJF Funds Research That Expands Evidence for Culture of Health  

To encourage research on the way specific policies, programs, and partnerships affect health and well-being, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is awarding funds in its Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health  initiative. The funds are an effort to support creative, rigorous research -especially for novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the initiative.
Harvard Public Health School Offers Executive Training

Harvard Leadership Trainings intersect with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action  in several ways, notably in an emphasis on leadership development. A new program for nurse executives takes place in two weeklong sessions: This fall, the focus is on leadership, and next spring, on strategic planning. Other executive education programs and continuing education courses at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health include management, public health education, and organizational strategy. Learn more about the sessions offered.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States

Deadline: August 2

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!

Campaign for Action Update: July 5, 2016

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Shout-Out
Academy of Nursing Announces 2016 Fellows

Every year the American Academy of Nursing names as fellows a number of clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators, and executives who have made significant contributions to nursing and health care. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action congratulates the 164 selected as the 2016 fellows, and makes special note of at least six we know who are involved with the Campaign:

  • Mary Burman, PhD, RN, FAANP, Wyoming Action Coalition
  • Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Texas Action Coalition
  • Debra Jeffs, PhD, RN, BC, Arkansas Action Coalition
  • Linda Lazure, PhD, RN, Nebraska Action Coalition
  • Julie Willems Van Dijk , PhD, RN, co-director of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
  • Nora Warshawsky, PhD, RN, CNE, Kentucky Action Coalition

News

No Weekly Update Next Week 

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action‘s Weekly Update will be on hiatus July 12. We will return July 19.

Culture of Health Sessions: Next Stop, Knoxville

The Campaign for Action and the Tennessee Action Coalition will co-host a July 13-14 Culture of Health workshop with representatives from nearly half the Action Coalitions. This session builds on the success of the first Culture of Health meeting, held last month in Nebraska with many other Action Coalitions. The Knoxville gathering will help Action Coalitions understand how to link their work implementing the recommendations on the future of nursing from the Institute of Medicine with efforts to build a Culture of Health.
Column: “Outdated Practices” Hit Rural Communities Hardest

“Rural Americans face bigger health challenges than their urban and suburban neighbors,” writes the interim CEO at Community Health Programs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in a column in the Berkshire Eagle . Noting that Berkshire is the second most rural county in the state, Lia Spiliotes continues: “The role of nurse practitioners should grow as our health system moves toward the team-oriented, patient-centered care approaches.” Spiliotes, a member of the board of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, urges the state to pass pending legislation to allow nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Leaders Tell Their Stories in the American Hospital Association’s Great Boards 

The American Hospital Association’s summer edition of Great Boards goes long on leadership, with a cover piece by Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC, and interviews with four nurse leaders describing their paths to leadership. Interviewed are Gerry Lewis-Jenkins, RN, MBA; Barbara Williams, PhD, RN; Donna King, BSN, MBA, RN; and Fran Roberts, PhD, RN, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. Lewis-Jenkins is chief operating officer of COPIC Insurance Company; Williams is chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Central Arkansas and chair of the board of Conway Regional Health System; King is vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing executive at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago; and Roberts is founder, president, and CEO of the Fran Roberts Group. McNally’s lead article focuses on the Nurses on Boards Coalition and the work of the Texas Team (the Texas Action Coalition) and the Arkansas Action Coalition to place nurses on boards

Nurses Contribute to Health Equity by Involving Community in Research

Nurses are a big part of the University of California, San Francisco Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-California) , a research effort to address the health concerns of preterm birth. In an unusual tactic, PTBi does not simply guide pregnant women and new mothers through the heightened concerns of early childbirth: It also involves them in shaping that research. In a two-minute video , PTBi shows how that happens. As  associate director of the program’s community-engaged research, Monica R. McLemore, PhD, RN, MPH, embraces health equity by including those the PTBi is intended to help. Preterm births happen at a higher rate in areas with high poverty and poor access to health care. Taking on this health issue in such an innovative way reflects the Culture of Health ideals for which McLemore was named a 2015 Culture of Health Breakthrough Nurse Leader.

“To be able to conduct really good research, you need to hear from people who actually experience the condition,” McLemore says in the video. “We are talking to women who are either at risk for preterm birth or have had a preterm birth. We want to really understand what’s important to them in terms of what we research.”

Resources: Middle Schoolers Talk About Nursing

One in an ongoing series highlight resources on the Campaign website. 

The Washington Center for Nursing produced a short video to give young students the chance to look over the shoulders of other young students who are considering nursing as a career.  “Middle school is actually a great time to start thinking about a career,” says one youngster, before she and her five fellow students don scrubs and tour hospital settings (some even practice nursing skills). “Exploring Your Future in Nursing” includes interviews with public health nurses in a variety of settings, a flight nurse, and good advice on what studies will best help launch a nursing career: English, math, science, and computer science.

VA Still Seeks Public Comments on APRN Proposal 

One month down, one to go: The public has until July 25 to comment on the Veterans Affairs proposal to allow advanced practice registered nurses to provide care to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities. That means more veterans could receive excellent care from nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives.

Read more here, including some ideas of what to say if you have not already left your comment at Regulations.gov.

Weekly Update Now Promoting Action Coalition Webinars

The Weekly Update is expanding its webinar listings to include those held by Action Coalitions. If your organization is hosting an online event that might be of interest to others, please let us know so we can let others know too. Send the title, date, time and description  to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Harvard Public Health School Offers Executive Training

Harvard Leadership Trainings intersect with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in several ways, notably in an emphasis on leadership development. A new program for nurse executives takes place in two weeklong sessions: This fall, the focus is on leadership, and next spring, on strategic planning. Other executive education programs and continuing education courses at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health include management, public health education, and organizational strategy. Learn more about the sessions offered.

Community Colleges Can Apply for Grant to Go Smoke-Free

The Truth Initiative says it is “inspiring tobacco-free lives,” and wants to inspire community colleges to begin smoke-free policies. America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past is offering a grant to help colleges advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy.

Deadline: July 15. Learn more about the program.

Funds Offered to Accelerate Interprofessional Community-Based Efforts

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education wants to give a boost to initiatives that pair graduate nursing professions with at least one other profession in community-based clinical settings. That’s why it is funding up to 20 graduate nursing programs that are already partnering with others. The Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is open to all schools with graduate health professional and other nonhealth related professional schools (business, architecture, law, education, and others). As the application states, the initiatives should include how they build on the state Action Coalition’s interprofessional education practices.

Deadline: July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars Hosted by Action Coalitions

New – Patient Advocacy & Empowerment: The Nurse’s Role
Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: July 19

Time: 4 p.m. ET

The Tennessee Action Coalition hosts the second of six webinars in a series based on the Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care, which is grounded in social justice-in this case, the belief that everyone is entitled to fair and equal rights in health care. The free webinars are designed to help prepare nurses to care for an increasingly diverse population. This session focuses on the nurse’s role in patient advocacy; other competencies the series covers include critical reflection, social justice, and cultural competence in health care systems and organizations, which took place at the end of April.

Presenting will be Joanne Cunningham, director of Patient and Family Centered Care for Methodist Healthcare.

Register.

Webinars Hosted by Others

Campaign Case Development and Communications
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET

Is your Action Coalition thinking about starting a campaign to attract strong volunteers or find new funders? A major campaign is more than a strategy: It’s a statement about the future of your mission, and to succeed, you’ll need to make the case. Join Campbell & Company for a free webinar on developing and communicating your campaign case.

After the webinar, you should be able to express a campaign vision that stands apart, craft campaign messages that stick in donors’ minds, and plan a communications strategy that builds momentum.

Register
.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 

Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Fundraising and Coalition Building 

Nurses as Partners in Redesigning Health Care
Summary of the April 25 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Sustaining Diversity: Learning From Great Examples

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States

Deadline: August 2

RWJF Evidence for Action: Grants to Support Research to Build a Culture of Health

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!

Campaign for Action Update: June 21, 2016

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Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of June 21. In this week’s update, find shout-outs; news; funding opportunities; and webinars.

If you know of a story or event you want to tell others about, or a person or action that deserves recognition, let us know by emailing Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.
Shout-Out
Culture of Health Meetings Get Started: First Stop, Omaha
Congratulations to all those gathered for the first of two Culture of Health meetings happening this summer. The Nebraska Action Coalition is co-hosting the June 21-22 meeting in Omaha; activities are intended to show how Action Coalitions are building a Culture of Health, and provide actions that can further the movement. #CultureofHealth is trending, literally (online) and metaphorically (among participants in Nebraska). Two tweetsfrom the first morning gave perspectives on the energy there: The convergence of #CultureofHealth with social determinants of health makes me smile. (Thank you, Jessica Gonzalez, RN, aka @senorajess, of Indiana.) And this: It is imperative to create systems & processes to bridge gap between healthcare & social services. (Thanks, Connecticut League for Nursing, aka @ctleaguenursing)

Track #CultureofHealth online at: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cultureofhealth&src=typd.

Read more about the Nebraska session.

The second meeting, also co-sponsored by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, is July 13-14 in Knoxville and is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Action Coalition.

News

Working Group Produces Wide Range of Ideas on Scope of Practice Laws

The executive editor for health care at Politico recently gathered health experts to review the state of scope of practice laws, particularly regarding physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The “working group of high-level voices” brought together to identify trends and policy options included primary and specialty physicians, nurses and NPs, PAs and researchers, including Winifred Quinn, PhD, director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs at the Center for Champion Nursing in America. The resulting inside assessment includes comments showing many facets of a fast-moving issue. Read more.

VA Still Soliciting Comments; Campaign Offers Some Language

Regulations.gov has seemingly received more response to this proposal than it has ever received before: Last month, the Veterans Health Administration opened for public comment its proposal to allow all four types of advanced practice registered nurses in VA facilities to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Such a move would allow more veterans to receive excellent care, more quickly.

Now the Campaign for Action has provided some points you can include in a comment to the VA. Comments are allowed up to July 25. Read more about the proposal, and ideas to include in your email to the VA.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities 

New – Harvard Public Health School Offers Executive Training

Harvard Leadership Trainings intersect with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in several ways, notably in an emphasis on leadership development. A new program for nurse executives takes place in two weeklong sessions: This fall, the focus is on leadership, and next spring, on strategic planning. Other executive education programs and continuing education courses at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health include management, public health education, and organizational strategy. Learn more about the sessions offered.  

Community Colleges Can Apply for Grant to Go Smoke-Free

The Truth Initiative says it is “inspiring tobacco-free lives,” and wants to inspire community colleges to begin smoke-free policies. America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past is offering a grant to help colleges advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy.

Deadline: July 15. Learn more about the program.

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States 

Obesity continues to be a national public health problem. To encourage solutions, the Centers for Disease Control is offering funding opportunities to land grant colleges or universities in a states with counties that have an adult obesity rate of over 40 percent. The monies would go to solutions that include efforts to identify barriers and create interventions.

Deadline: August 2. Read the funding announcement.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by others that may be of interest.

STEM Programs Can Add Up to More Diversity in Nursing

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The dearth of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) might contribute to the U.S. losing its edge when it comes to innovation, says the National Institutes of Health–but as a result, there are now a number of innovative STEM programs that target young students in diverse, disadvantaged communities. Attendees at this webinar will discuss those programs, and strategies Action Coalition can use to strengthen their diversity action plans. This focus on STEM programs can help sustain and expand diversity efforts and lead to a nursing workforce that reflects the demographics of the nation.

Register.

Webinars Hosted by Others

Campaign Case Development and Communications
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET

Is your Action Coalition thinking about starting a campaign to attract strong volunteers or find new funders? A major campaign is more than a strategy: It’s a statement about the future of your mission, and to succeed, you’ll need to make the case. Join Campbell & Company for a free webinar on developing and communicating your campaign case.

After the webinar, you should be able to express a campaign vision that stands apart, craft campaign messages that stick in donors’ minds, and plan a communications strategy that builds momentum.

Register
.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 

Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Fundraising and Coalition Building 

Nurses as Partners in Redesigning Health Care
Summary of the April 25 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Sustaining Diversity: Learning From Great Examples

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

Apply for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program 
Deadline: July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

RWJF Evidence for Action: Grants to Support Research to Build a Culture of Health

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings


The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaignstakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!