Campaign for Action Update: July 14, 2015


Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of July 14.

White House Names Nurse Champions of Change

The White House named two nurses Champions of Change for Precision Medicine–an honor given to those harnessing data to advance our understanding of health and disease. Congratulations to Elizabeth Gross Cohn of Adelphi University and Amy Gleason of CareSync, whose work is improving Americans’ health.

Read about the White House Champions of Change here.

New Nursing Pathway Program Approved in Ohio

The Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission recently approved a joint academic program between Clark State Community College and Wittenberg University–the first such partnership in Ohio between a four-year private liberal arts university and a state community college. The Nursing Pathway program, according to Wittenberg, allows students to complete an associate of applied sciences degree and a bachelor of science in nursing within four years. Congratulations to the Ohio Action Coalition and the many stakeholders in the Buckeye State on this achievement! To learn more about this innovative program, read the news release.

See all shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here.
Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Program Webinars

Are you a rising nurse leader working with diverse populations to build healthier lives and communities? Or maybe you know a nurse performing that valuable service who deserves national recognition. Whether you want to nominate yourself or another nurse, now is your chance to learn more about the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards, which offer recognition and a scholarship.

The Campaign will host two webinars on July 17 to explain the application and nominating processes for this leadership award.

Attend one or both! Registration details are below in the CCNA webinars section.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Strong Communications Can Help Your Action Coalition!

Your Action Coalition is doing engaging work: May we help you promote it? Do you need to get the word out about an event, or want help creating materials? What about support in setting up a website to share your accomplishments and get others involved? We can help! The Campaign for Action Communications Team (CFACT) can assist with your news releases, promotional materials, and more, through September. Please email [email protected] and let us know what we can do for you.

Note: Action Coalitions working on their State Implementation Program (SIP) grant announcements should continue to use the process specified by the Campaign for materials review, and Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) projects should continue using existing resources to support their communications work.

Institute of Medicine Seeking Input on Landmark Report
It’s been five years since the landmark Future of Nursing report was published: How has it changed what you do? The Institute of Medicine is seeking answers, and its evaluation committee needs to hear from you. Write to [email protected] about what the report has meant to you and others, and your activities and accomplishments (big and small) related to the report’s eight recommendations. The committee will complete its work by late August, so please comment in the next two weeks.

Visit the IOM committee page for more information about submitting materials.

If you have any Campaign for Action-related questions, please contact Winifred Quinn, PhD, advocacy and consumer affairs director for CCNA, at [email protected].

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Transformation

Future of Nursing Scholars Second Cohort Announced

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has picked 46 nurses from across the nation as members of the second cohort of the Future of Nursing Scholars program. Each scholar will receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years of her or his PhD program.

Meet the second cohort.

AARP Suggests Nurse-Focused Solutions to Improve Care for Medicare Beneficiaries With Chronic Conditions

AARP recently weighed in on a congressional effort to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, AARP urged a number of  important nurse-focused solutions, including incentives for more states to provide full practice authority for APRNs, expansion of nurse-led innovative chronic care models, and extension of Medicare Graduate Nursing Education demonstration models.

Read AARP’s letter here.

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

Nominate a Nurse Leader Today!

Second Round of Awards to Recognize and Advance
Nurse Leaders Building a Culture of Health



The Campaign for Action is pleased to announce the second round of the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards program to honor nurse leaders who are actively working to build healthier lives and communities.

We’re accepting nominations now for the 2015 Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards. The 10 nurses selected will receive national recognition and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-funded scholarship from the Center for Creative Leadership.

Nominees must be licensed registered nurses who are either involved with one of the Campaign‘s 51 state Action Coalitions or are interested in becoming engaged with an Action Coalition. Nominees must also be  working with diverse populations to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities. Nominations can come from any member of a state Action Coalition, the Champion Nursing Coalition, or the Champion Nursing Council. The nomination deadline is August 21.

Please visit our website to learn more and nominate a Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leader in Nursing!  You can also visit the RWJF website to learn more about building a Culture of Health.

Please see the CCNA Webinar section below for webinars on nominating a Breakthrough Leader or applying for the award.

Nurses on Boards Coalition Meeting Update

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) met at AARP’s national office on Tuesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 8, to monitor the progress of its seven work groups and discuss the budget, website, staffing, organizational structure, communications, and critical operational issues going forward. If you are interested in joining the NOBC or have any questions, please contact Natalie Moulding at [email protected].

Upcoming Webinars
CCNA Webinars
The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues to 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.

Two Webinars on Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Program: One for Applicants, One for Nominators
Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Nominator Webinar: 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Applicant Webinar: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Join one of two upcoming webinars to learn about the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards, which will recognize and advance 10 nurse leaders who are actively working to build a Culture of Health in America. The Campaign is accepting applications for this awards program now through August 21.

Nominator Webinar
Do you know an outstanding nurse who deserves to be nominated for this award? The Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Webinar for Nominators will provide an overview of the awards program, the application process, and the role of the nominator. Note: Any member of a state Action Coalition or member of the Champion Nursing Council or  Champion Nursing Coalition may nominate a potential Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leader in Nursing. Register for the webinar here, then mark your calendar.

Applicant Webinar
Are you a rising nurse leader who is working with diverse populations to build healthier lives and communities? Are you interested in being named a Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awardee and receiving national recognition for your work? The Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Webinar for Applicants will explain the awards program, eligibility, the application process, and important deadlines. All interested nurses are encouraged to attend. Register for the webinar here, then mark your calendar.

For questions, please contact Lynn Mertz at [email protected].

“Recommended Criteria for Diversity Action Plans”: Two Years Later
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

It has been more than two years since the Center to Champion Nursing in America released “Recommended Criteria for Diversity Action Plans,” guidance meant to assist Action Coalitions promote diversity in all fields-education, practice, and leadership–to better reflect the communities nurses serve.

Join diversity consultants Adriana Perez and Barbara Nichols as they review the criteria and resources and present recent examples of what has worked well. We invite all Action Coalition leaders and members to hear and share success stories, challenges, and opportunities to strengthen the movement toward a healthier nation for all!

Register for the webinar here.

Other Webinars of Interest

Recent Archived CCNA Webinars:

Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Toolkit for Recruitment and Retention of Minority Nursing Students
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Legal Training: Winning Policy Campaigns with Non-Lobbying Funds
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Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership 2

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Mentorship and Diversity in Nursing Education, Practice and Leadership
View a summary

Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership
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Wisconsin’s Diversity Assessment Tool (WI-DAT)
View a summary

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

Health Resources and Services Administration Seeking Members for Advisory Council
Deadline: July 15

RWJF Leadership Programs to Build a Culture of Health
Deadline: July 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Florida Statewide Nursing Leadership Development Program
Deadline: August 14

AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

8th Annual Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center Conference: Strategies for the Application of Successful Models and Processes

September 17-18, 2015 | Grand Rapids, Mich.

40th AAMN Annual Conference: Men Leading Interprofessional Practice: We’re All in This Together

September 24-26, 2015 | Minneapolis, Minn.

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