Campaign for Action Update: June 25, 2013


High Praise for Arizona and Ohio!

“High Kudos to Robin Schaeffer and Pam Randolph of the Arizona State Action Coalition . What an awesome job you did with your big launch on June 21st. Many new stakeholders that will serve you well into the future especially Senator McComish! It was great being there with you to see all the excitement about moving forward.  My favorite part is always meeting with the students. Go future leaders!!” -Sue Hassmiller

“To the co-leads of the Ohio Action Coalition Jane Mahowald and Sean McGlone  who had the foresight to combine all of their Action Coalition meetings with their state hospital association annual meeting. What a great use of time and resources. So many more people engaged now. It was a pleasure to spend time with you and all your members!!” -Sue Hassmiller.

Funding and Other Opportunities

RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Policymaker Outreach

Last year, RWJF held a series of webinars on policymaker outreach for Action Coalitions and other grantees. The second installment of the series begins on June 27. See the titles below for more information.

Structuring a Site Visit: Engaging local policymakers and district staff

It’s great if you can get to Washington, D.C., and talk to your Senator, but it is not easy for everyone to do that. What you can do more easily is reach out to both local policymakers and district/state staff of your federal policymakers, and invite them to see what’s going on in their backyard. This session will introduce grantees to a proven framework for thinking through a site visit to a school, hospital, community center, or any other grantee site.

June 27, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET

Register here.

Upcoming webinars in this series:

July: Outreach 2.0: Engaging Policymakers via Social Media

August: Deep-dive on building your one-pager.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

CMS Health Care Innovations Awards

Submit letter of intent by June 28.

Dr. Mary Anne Rizzolo/NLN Doctoral Dissertation/DNP Project Award

Apply by June 28, 2013.

Campaign Pillars

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Susan Reinhard Receives AANP Annual Advocacy Awards

On June 22, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) awarded the Annual Nancy Sharp Award for Advocacy to Susan Reinhard in recognition of leading AARP’s policy efforts on nursing scope of practice. The District of Columbia Chapter of AANP awarded Susan Reinhard their Annual Advocacy Award for the same purpose the day prior. The events occurred in Las Vegas, NV, at the AANP Annual Conference. Winifred Quinn accepted the awards on Dr. Reinhard’s behalf.

Update on Jonas Scholars

The Jonas Center is pleased to announce that Wanda Montalvo, Executive Nurse Consultant and member of the New York Action Coalition, will be providing technical assistance to Jonas Scholars and Faculty Advisers related to their Leadership Project. Wanda will be supporting the  Jonas Scholars in determining what their project should be or helping them “troubleshoot” as needed. Leadership projects will be presented at the October 27-29 American Association of Colleges of Nursing conference!

Time for Nurses to Claim Greater Leadership Roles

In a recent interview with AMN Healthcare’s Healthcare News, Dr. Susan Hassmiller said, “It’s imperative to have nurses serve on boards.” Dr. Hassmiller, who serves as senior advisor for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, called nurses “the reality check on boards” due to their understanding of health care delivery from the ground up.
Read the full interview with Dr. Hassmiller and other nurse experts.
Four Nurse Faculty Named to National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research has announced the appointment of four new nurse faculty members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), the institute’s principal advisory board. Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics. The NACNR meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. Those named are:

  • Cynthia Barnes-Boyd , senior director for the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs of the University of Illinois Health Sciences System (UI-Health), and clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and College of Nursing.
  • Donna Hathaway, university distinguished professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing, and past member of the AACN Board of Directors.
  • Jillian Inouye , associate dean for research and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing and School of Allied Health, and past president of Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA).
  • Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and professor and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, as well as professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.
  • Marjana Tomic-Canic , professor of dermatology and director of the Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine, and senior faculty member of the Human Genetics and Genomics Program, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

The Latest Data On Primary Care: Can We Afford To Waste Our Workforce?
The Health Affairs Blog recently published a short and very informative summary of current data on primary care nurse practitioners and physicians. It covers 2013 National Resident Matching Program data, primary care NP graduation rates, and NP regulation and barriers to full use of the limited primary care workforce.
The authors state that “removing the barriers to NP practice in every state is one important step to maximize our existing primary care workforce. The inability of NPs to practice to the full extent of their education is simply a waste of valuable resources for helping to meet the nation’s primary care needs.”

See the full blog here.

Nurse Practitioners Commend Nevada Lawmakers for Legislation Improving Health Care Access

Angela Golden, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, commended Governor Brian Sandoval and Nevada lawmakers for the passage of Assembly Bill 170. The new law provides Nevada consumers with full and direct access to nurse practitioner services. Read the AANP statement here.
AARP Nevada also supported the legislation.

Bolstering Workforce Data

Entrepreneurs Urge Federal Government to Release More Health Care Data

At the beginning of June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publicly released certain health care data related to price and quality specifics for 30 outpatient procedures at hospitals across the country. Yet, a number of entrepreneurs at a recent conference called on HHS to release more data, arguing that the data can be used to spur innovation in products and services. Speaking at the same conference, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius underscored the Obama administration’s underlying belief in releasing federal data for use by individuals, policymakers and providers.
The Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, called upon the federal government to build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional health care workforce data.

Read the Kaiser Health News story here.


AARP Announces New Outreach to Hispanic Community

This morning, AARP announced a new effort focused in Hispanic communities to increase education and knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and to prepare families for the opening of health exchanges in the fall. AARP is collaborating with a number of organizations in this effort including the Hispanic Federation, National Council of La Raza, Esperanza and the League of United Latin American Citizens. As the most trusted group of health professionals, nurses play an integral role in educating their communities. In particular, the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses is partnering with the AARP Arizona state office to educate and equip nurses as community spokespersons to share needed resources on the ACA.

Hispanics make up one of the largest uninsured populations in the country – a rate of 30.1 percent compared to 11.1 percent for non-Hispanic whites – many of whom are primarily Spanish speakers. Reaching these families with needed information and resources about the health care law and the availability of insurance and care is critical for our health care system as a whole.

Anyone looking for more information on what the health law means for them can visit or

Health Innovations

Countdown to ACA: 99 Days

Beginning on October 1, millions of Americans will have the opportunity to enroll in the state insurance marketplaces (née exchanges) created by the Affordable Care Act. This means there is a lot of work ahead for states setting up their marketplaces and encouraging people to enroll. The federal government also must set up the federal insurance marketplace and finish building the infrastructure for multiple government agencies to share information regarding enrollee eligibility for tax subsidies.

Read more and see the great infographic in the Washington Post Wonk Blog.

Upcoming CCNA Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues host a series of technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. Invitations with registration and login information for webinars will be sent separately. To ensure that you receive future webinar invitations, please go to , enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.
What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register here

Drawing from TCC Group’s research and experience, this webinar will present key elements of effective coalitions (e.g., what does effective leadership look like, how do you manage and structure the coalition, etc.), tailored to the goals and needs of Action Coalitions. Some of the information to be covered in the webinar can be found in the paper, “What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success.”
Promising Practices and Resources to Develop & Bolster a Diversity Action Plan

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register here.

State Action Coalition leaders will share strategies for increasing minority student enrollment in baccalaureate and doctoral programs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s diversity expert, Jacinta Gauda, will share the “Building a Better Diversity Recruitment Pipeline through Strategic Alliances” toolkit to help you initiate and bolster your Action Coalition’s diversity efforts.
Update on Reporting AC Progress via Status Reports

Monday, July 22, 2013 | 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
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The Campaign for Action is improving the quarterly reporting process. We are changing the quarterly time frame and will ask you to update us on your progress as it relates to the IOM report and our related deliverables.

Reporting periods will now be:

  • May 1st – July 31st
  • August 1st – October 31st
  • November 1st  – January 31st
  • February 1st – April 30th

ACs are a driving force of the Campaign. To best feature successes being made to transform health care through nursing, the Campaign is also redesigning how ACs will communicate their progress. Learn more by registering for the webinar, “Update on Reporting AC Progress.” If you are unable to attend this webinar, it will be archived for your use at And you are always welcome to ask your liaison if you have any questions about the Campaign.

Thank you and we look forward to talking with you on July 22nd!

Patient Advocates: A Powerful Nurse Practitioner Resource

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Register here

This webinar, offered by the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation features Regina Holliday, caregiver, patient advocate and artist.  Holliday tells a personal story in words and art across the U.S. and globally. She sends a powerful message about patient rights, the healthcare system and needed change. She will change your view of patient relationships. Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Advisor for Nursing, is responsible for addressing  nurse and faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the U.S. at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She is also the Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Dr. Hassmiller will share how focusing on patient centered messaging can have an impact on changing legislation by addressing: scope of practice, prescriptive authority and reimbursement.

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