Campaign for Action Update: October 1, 2013


Today is ACA Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Day!

“Health coverage will soon be a reality for millions who need it,” said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. “And most importantly, that coverage will translate into more opportunities to live longer, healthier and fuller lives.”

Watch a video of Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey’s remarks here.

Health Care for All

The Campaign for Action has launched a new webpage dedicated to providing resources about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For nurses, the health insurance provisions of the ACA create an opportunity for leadership and service, helping patients and others in our communities understand the new options they have under the ACA, and showing them how to sign up for insurance through newly formed state and federal health exchanges.

If you are serving on a board related to the ACA or working directly with patients and others in your community to help them understand the new options available to them, please share your story with us.

Looking for a deeper dive into the ACA? Check out these resources:

From the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services:

From Politico:

Understanding Obamacare: POLITICO’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act

This is a plain-English explainer of how the law is supposed to work and what is likely to happen when coverage begins, according to Politico health writer David Nather. It is available in full as a 121-page PDF or divided into chapters.

First Day of ACA Enrollment Continues Despite Government Shutdown

Enrollment in the health insurance marketplace will not be affected by the federal government shutdown. However, the HRSA webinar, Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health, will be rescheduled due to the shutdown.

Outside of ACA enrollment, the shutdown has slowed the work of government down to a pace typically unseen outside of Congress. As much of our nation’s capital takes a forced unpaid vacation, we are still here working toward the future of nursing.

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Updated Action Coalition Status Reports are Posted

For updates about Action Coalitions, view the recently posted Status Reports. These Status Reports provide updates on Action Coalitions’ work from April through July 2013 and include AC leadership, goals, progress, significant successes, and stakeholder engagement.  Thank you to those who contributed to these documents.

Last Chance to Join RWJF & CCNA for a Leadership Reception during AAN’s Annual Meeting

If you or any member of your Action Coalition will be heading to Washington, DC, for the American Academy of Nursing’s Conference October 17 – October 19, we want to know! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) will host our annual reception to honor RWJF scholars, fellows and alumni from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If you will be in DC, we would love to see Action Coalition members, Campaign champions and CFA national supporters at this event.

To attend the reception, RSVP no later than October 4th, 2013.

Please email Charlene Riley at [email protected] with any questions.

Funding and Other Opportunities

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers

Campaign for Action Promotional Video Talking Points
Watch the video here.

HRSA Seeks New Director for Nursing

2013 Fall Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute

October 7-9

All Together Better Health: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due October 25, 2013

Become an RWJF Health Policy Fellow
Apply by November 13, 2013 (3:00 pm ET)

National Institute of Nursing Research Graduate Partnerships Program
Apply by December 2, 2013

Campaign Pillars

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

South Carolina AC Co-lead Tells her Board Leadership Story

South Carolina co-lead Susan Outen was recently appointed to the board of KershawHealth, a hospital in her hometown of Camden, South Carolina. She shares her board leadership story in this new Community Post and calls on all nurses to make a pledge to seek out more opportunities for board service.

Upcoming Leadership Learning Collaborative Calls

The goal of the leadership conference calls is to connect state Action Coalitions with leaders across the country and to provide a venue for sharing ideas and successful programs that are preparing nurses to lead. Calls will offer a discussion forum around topics most relevant to the leadership work that is happening within states or nationally. Call leads have varying experience with the given topics and will share their experiences in program/project planning, development, implementation, lessons learned and ongoing plans for developing nurse leaders. Upcoming calls include:

October 8, 2013  3:00-4:00 ET  –  Mentorship

Register here.


Arizona Nurses Prep Uninsured on New Health Care Law

Nurses from the Hispanic and Black Nurses Associations of Arizona are visiting small businesses in their region and talking with owners, employees and customers to counsel them on what the Affordable Care Act means and the importance of signing up. NBC Nightly News recently interviewed some of these nurses.

These nurses are taking on leadership roles to promote wellness in their community. Watch the video here.

Postponed: HRSA Webinar: Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) presents a webinar on the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health. This session will discuss the interprofessional efforts in the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) and feature presentations from the Divisions of Nursing, Public Health & Interdisciplinary Education, and Medicine & Dentistry.

This event will be rescheduled due to the government shutdown.

Learn more and access the webinar here.

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.

Legal Matters – Making Grant Dollars Go Farther

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Action Coalitions face limits on their “lobbying,” but that may not be as restrictive as you think. Too often, nonprofits fail to take full advantage of their grant dollars because they misunderstand what the lobbying prohibition really covers. To maximize your advocacy, you need to know what is – and, more importantly, what isn’t – lobbying. Armed with that knowledge, you can plan your communications strategically to increase your ability to achieve policy goals.

By the end of the webinar, you will learn:

  • How to maximize the campaign’s branding for lobbying efforts.
  • How to rally the public and legislators behind your policy goals without crossing the line into “lobbying” so you can save your lobbying dollars for when they’ll have the greatest impact.
  • Strategies for crafting advocacy messages without violating grant restrictions.
  • Pitfalls and opportunities for using websites, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Learn to spot the traps that could turn a harmless tweet into a direct or grassroots lobbying communication!

Recent Webinars:

Resources and Promising Practices to Develop & Bolster a Diversity Action Plan 

AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Campaign for Action are committed to increasing diversity of nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership. We know that many Action Coalitions (ACs) are developing strategies and tactics to incorporate diversity into their overall strategic planning. On this webinar, held on September 27, ACs learned about criteria, informed by the Campaign’s Diversity Steering Committee and promising practices, that will help create or bolster their diversity action plans. Participants also heard examples of how ACs are embedding diversity into strategic plans and learned about resources that will be available to them with this area of their planning and work.

Watch the archived webinar.

Find Resources to Develop & Bolster a Diversity Action Plan

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