Campaign for Action Update: July 28, 2015


Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of July 28.


Does your Action Coalition or someone in it deserve recognition? Send shout-out suggestions to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].

Maryland Boosts Nursing Education Efforts With Two Grants 

The Campaign for Action salutes the state of Maryland for showing its support of nursing through two recent grants totaling $4 million. The Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission together will fund a Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium for the state’s 25 pre-licensure nursing programs, as well as an innovative admission strategy between Montgomery College, a community college, and the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Read more about it here.

National Black Nurses Association Honors Alabama Co-Lead

The Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC) congratulates Carol J. Ratcliffe, a co-leader of AL-HAC, for receiving the National Black Nurses Association Nurse Educator of the year award. Cited for her “hard work and dedication” as both educator and health care professional, Carol will be honored at the association’s annual conference in August.
See all shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here.

“We Don’t Have the Power to Build a Culture of Health Without You”

On July 23, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action  brought together some 60 representatives of education, nursing, and business on Capitol Hill to learn about a Culture of Health and how it fits with efforts to improve health and health care through nursing.  Michelle Larkin, who oversees programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, described the Culture of Health as a movement “that every American can and should be part of.” Noting the deep connections nurses have within their communities, Larkin said to the nurse leaders in the room, “We don’t have the power to build a culture of health without you…. We need your ingenuity and creativity and guidance.”

Read more about the meeting and view photos here.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Join the Campaign‘s New Listserv

The Campaign launched a new listserv to better facilitate connections, collaboration, and sharing among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and others  interested in our work. The new Campaign for Action listserv is open to anyone who wishes to join: Just visit the Campaign website and complete a  brief form. Once you’ve joined, you can send a message to the group by emailing [email protected]. More information about joining the listserv and managing how you receive your emails can be found on our website. We encourage you to sign up and to share this announcement with the members of your Action Coalition!

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 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 as soon as possible.

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 the Center to Champion Nursing in America, at [email protected].

Campaign Pillars

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

Public Health Nurse Leaders Program Selects 25 Participants 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the names of 25 nurses selected from 22 states to participate in its Public Health Nurse Leaders program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities.

Learn about the 25 nurse leaders here.

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 archived webinar section below for the links to webinars on nominating a Breakthrough Leader or applying for the award.

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.

“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:

Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Program for Applicants

Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leader in Nursing Awards Program for Nominator

Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Toolkit for Recruitment and Retention of Minority Nursing Students
View a summary

Legal Training: Winning Policy Campaigns with Non-Lobbying Funds
View a summary

Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership 2

View a summary

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

Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership
View a summary

Wisconsin’s Diversity Assessment Tool (WI-DAT)
View a summary

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:
Schools Encouraged to Apply for Future of Nursing Scholars Program 2016
Proposals are due by September 17.

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.

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

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