New Directory of Resources
We are pleased to announce the Campaign for Action‘s new online directory of resources. This new section of the website organizes all of the fundamental Campaign resources and tools in one easy place from which to navigate. Finding what you need has never been easier!
Check it out here.
Funding and Other Opportunities
Funding Resources for Action Coalitions
Casey Shillam, a consultant for the Campaign for Action, has developed a PowerPoint presentation and sample budget to help Action Coalitions organize their fundraising efforts.
The PowerPoint presentation will help you:
- Understand principles of fundraising;
- Identify mechanisms of Action Coalition support; and
- Determine structure of the Action Coalition Development Team, incorporating examples of successful fundraising strategies.
You can find these fundraising resources here.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
Apply by April 8, 2013.
Seminar will be held July 28 – August 1, 2013. Colorado Springs, CO
Apply here by April 12, 2013
Apply here by May 1.
May 20-22, 2013. Herndon, VA
June 19-20, 2013. Scottsdale, AZ.
Find registration and more information here.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs
See the guide here.
Advancing Nursing Education
Student Nurses and Action Coalitions
Has your AC reached out to students? If not, do you have plans of reaching out soon?
Please go to the online community to join our discussion on involving student nurses! Share your ideas and success stories with Jenna Bristol, MSN student at Yale University, who is working to increase student nurse collaboration with ACs.
Rhode Island Launches First Statewide Nurse Residency Program
Last week, the Rhode Island Action Coalition, along with numerous public and private sector partners, launched a more than $600,000 statewide clinical nurse residency and mentoring program to provide participating nurses with additional skills and experience.
Rhode Island’s residency program is unusual, say state leaders, as most residency programs are affiliated with specific hospitals or agencies. The Rhode Island project will place graduates of the state’s nursing programs in practice settings ranging from nursing homes to community clinics, as well as traditional hospital settings across the state. Each nurse accepted into the program will receive a stipend and will practice at three different sites during a residency period lasting up to nine months.
“In Rhode Island, health care is an important industry sector, and nursing is projected to be an in-demand occupation over the coming years” said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. “Initiatives such as the nurse residency project should help us better prepare our workforce for high-growth economic opportunities in our state”
Learn more about the Rhode Island Residency Program.
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
New York Action Coalition Co-Lead Appointed to Board of Trustees
On April 2, the New York Action Coalition announced the appointment of Barbara Zittel, RN, Ph.D., to the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees. Dr. Zittel is believed to be the first RN appointed to the Board of Trustees in the 125 year history of Ellis Medicine.
Ellis Medicine is a 438-bed community and teaching healthcare system serving New York’s Capital Region. With four campuses – Ellis Hospital, Ellis Health Center, Bellevue Woman’s Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park – five additional service locations, more than 3,300 employees and more than 700 members of the health care staff, Ellis Medicine is proud to provide a lifetime of care for patients.
Learn more about Dr. Zittel and leave a comment to congratulate her.
See the announcement about Dr. Antonia Villarruel’s appointment below.
New IOM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities
Dr. Antonia Villarruel, co-chair of the Campaign for Action’s Diversity Steering Committee and member of the Strategic Advisory Committee, has been appointed to lead the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities . The roundtable was created to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care, to find new strategies to overcome disparities, and to develop new leadership in targeted areas.
“The roundtable is committed to raising awareness of racial and ethnic health disparities. It is able to more nimbly address emerging and challenging issues impacting health disparities and health equity,” says Dr. Villarruel. The roundtable’s first meeting will take place on April 22.
Learn more about the roundtable here.
From Disparity to Equity
Poverty, discrimination, too few primary care providers, a lack of diversity among clinicians, “food deserts”: the causes of inequities in health and health care have been debated and studied for decades. But eliminating them has proved elusive.
In this recent American Journal of Nursing article, Dr. Antonia Villarruel outlines promising practices for eliminating health care disparities and cites the work of the Campaign for Action.
Eliminating health care disparities and promoting a more diverse nursing workforce is a key initiative of the Campaign, and core value of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As you move forward with your work on each of the pillar areas, we challenge you to keep an eye towards how your work addresses diversity.
Read the article here.
CO-OPs: What Are They and What are the Challenges?
The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program to increase competition among plans and improve consumer choice.
Under the ACA, the federal government awarded nearly $2 billion in federal loans to help create 24 new CO-OPs in 24 states. The CO-OP sponsors-consumer-run groups, membership organizations, and other nonprofit organizations-are now moving forward to offer health insurance coverage to members, but are still likely to face major challenges as they prepare for open enrollment in October.
This RWJF policy brief describes the CO-OP program and examines issues related to its implementation and likelihood of success