Campaign for Action Update: January 21, 2014


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for January 21, 2014, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

We may be snowed in, but that won’t stop the Weekly Update. Because we are so busy next week with all-day meetings, we will suspend the Weekly Update. We will return on Tuesday, February 4.

Nurse Champion of the Week: Centering Healthcare Institute

The Campaign is proud to celebrate the newest member of the Champion Nursing Coalition: Centering Healthcare Institute. Centering Healthcare Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to improve maternal and child health by transforming care through Centering groups. The Institute has more than a decade of experience assisting practice sites in the system changes needed to move from individual to group care. To learn more about their work, visit our website.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

RWJF State Health Access Reform Evaluation

State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program that supports rigorous research on issues surrounding state health reform. The SHARE program is managed by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), an RWJF-funded research center in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

In the early years of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, state-based decisions have been and will continue to be crucial levers for executing coverage provisions of the ACA. RWJF is primarily interested in timely proposals that examine the implementation of the ACA in states, and/or the impact of the ACA on coverage, health care utilization, and affordability. Competitive proposals will be timely policy-relevant studies with strong empirical designs. Methods may be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed, depending on the appropriateness for the proposed project, although preference will be given to empirical, data-driven studies over thought pieces or simulations. Eligible studies may be of a single state, groups of states, or national analyses that use state-level data.

Learn more here.

Proposals due February 13, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

RWJF Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health

Public Health Law Research (PHLR) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of this program is to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions-whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies-to protect and improve population health and the public health system. This program contributes to the Foundation’s commitment to creating a culture of health in our country by providing the best possible evidence and examples of the impact of legal strategies on health.

Learn more here.

Proposals due April 15, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

Health and Nursing Programs in the Federal Budget

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) underscored important highlights from the newly passed federal budget, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014.


  • $6.324 billion (a 7.9% increase over FY 2013) for the Health Resources and Services Administration
  • $469.236 million (a 7.1% increase over FY 2013) for the Bureau of Health Professions
  • $223.841 million (a 3% increase over FY 2013) for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act)


  • $29.9 billion (a 3.5% increase over FY 2013) for the National Institutes of Health
  • $140.517 million (a 3% increase over FY 2013) for the National Institute of Nursing Research
  • $471 million (a 9.8% increase over FY 2013) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (this includes the additional support of $100 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, not recorded in the final legislation)

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Four Tools for Successful Coalition-Building

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship
Apply by January 16, 2014

Nursing Workforce Diversity
Apply by January 24, 2014
See also: Archived Technical Assistance Webinar and FAQs

Advanced Nursing Education
Apply by January 28, 2014

HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Apply by February 3, 2014

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
Apply by February 3, 2014
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: Call for Applications
Apply by February 12, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program– Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree of Nursing (VBSN)
Apply by February 18, 2014

RWJF Clinical Scholars: Call for Applications
Apply by February 28, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Opportunities:
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)
Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC)
Letters of intent are due March 2, 2014 (originally February 18)

Campaign Pillars

Touching All Pillars

Campaign for Action’s Progress Highlighted in NurseZone Article

In December, published an article about the progress that has been made since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report in 2010. Both Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America, and Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, were quoted in the story.

Read the full article here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Slow Gains in Patient Access to Care by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

A new article in the January issue of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge, “Patients Slowly Gaining Access to Care Provided by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses,” discusses barriers to care and how a number of states have taken steps to loosen restrictions on highly educated nurse practitioners (NPs).

Read the full article here.

Answering the Call: NPs Face Barriers to Providing Necessary Care

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are willing and ready to address the expected rise in primary care needs in the U.S. as a result of health care reform and the insurance mandate, but state laws, federal regulations and reimbursement policies restricting NP practice remain as barriers.

Read more here.


Arizona Nurse Leader Spearheads Effort to Educate Hispanic Community About ACA

AARP Arizona and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Phoenix chapter have partnered together to train nurses to help get the message out about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read how the two organizations developed a training workshop to teach nurses who belonged to NAHN how to educate multicultural communities in English and Spanish about the ACA in this new story on the Campaign for Action website.

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.

Recent Webinars:

Educating Multicultural Communities on the ACA: A Leadership Model for Nurses

This webinar featured AARP Arizona’s David Parra and Dr. Adriana Perez, a national nursing leader, based in Arizona. On the webinar, they described the train-the-trainer program they designed for nurses to educate the public about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their program was directed toward racially and ethnically diverse nurses who informed multi-cultural audiences about the ACA. There were many benefits for this program: a dozen nurses were educated on public policy and learned public speaking skills, as well as meeting preparation and implementation; those 12 nurses informed close to 1,200 people about the ACA; and AARP was able to reach these 1,200 people by helping to prepare these new nursing leaders.

Watch the archived webinar.

View the webinar summary.

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