Campaign for Action Update: October 27, 2015


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

Trailblazing Nurse Tell of Her Journey in Talk about Leadership

The Wisconsin Action Coalition congratulates Barbara Nichols, MS, RN, FAAN,  diversity consultant for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing and Wisconsin Action Coalition, for her powerful presentation, “A Nurse’s Journey of Leadership Challenges in Diversity, Inclusion and Practice.”  Barbara inspired all during the prestigious Littlefield Leadership Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing.
Watch her presentation.

Wisconsin Nurse Named President of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing

Exciting news for enhancing diversity in the nursing workforce from the Wisconsin Action Coalition! Brent MacWilliams, PhD, MSN, RN, APNP, ANP-BC, was elected president of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. The announcement came in late September at the AAMN conference in Minneapolis. Brent will be president-elect until his term begins September 24, 2016 at the AAMN conference in Miami–a session that will highlight diversity and inclusion. As president, he will focus on professional equality: As he says, we need to “take women seriously as scientists and men as compassionate caregivers.”
Interprofessional Team in Colorado Talks About Training and Coaching

The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence has been training and coaching interprofessional teams within federally qualified community health clinics as part of a program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and members of its first cohort recently talked about the results. “What’s the Buzz About Interprofessional Teams?” was the name of the session in which team members talked about team-building. The October 20 talk was during the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association and CHAMPS Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle. For more information about the program, contact the education program director Deb Center at [email protected].

See all shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here.

Did You Miss the Campaign’s Quarterly Newsletter?

The newest edition of Advancing Health: News from the Campaign for Action was distributed on Thursday, October 22–did you receive it? If not, you can sign up now to receive the next one, and all Campaign-related emails.

This quarter, the newsletter highlights the Campaign’s accomplishments of the past five years, what was discussed during the Institute of Medicine impact study meetings, and our Champions of Nursing.

Read Advancing Health: News from the Campaign for Action.

Week Two of What’s New in RWJF State Implementation Program Work

Last week’s Update introduced some new materials now in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Directory of Resources: The materials are produced by Action Coalitions that earned RWJF State Implementation Program (SIP) funds to focus on a specific Institute of Medicine recommendation.

This week we spotlight two pieces produced by SIP states: Florida’s leadership toolkit talks directly to nurses about ways they can claim leadership roles, and Connecticut’s PowerPoint presentation guides nurses on what to do once they are on a board.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities
Call for Applications: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Attention, midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for applicants for its 2016-2017 Health Policy Fellows  program. The fellowship provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. Fellows will have the chance to participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is 3:00 p.m. ET on November 12.

Apply for the fellowship.

Time is Running Out!  Submit Photos and Success Stories For Our Celebration Video Today!

The Campaign for Action  is turning 5, and we want to include photos of your Action Coalition’s work in a video that celebrates successes! The video will debut at the Summit in December, and then be shared on social media and in presentations and made available to all Action Coalitions.

You might have many accomplishments, so please highlight only the top two or three by sending a brief summary of each along with photos from your Action Coalition. For example:

Nebraska joins 19 states and Washington, D.C., in modernizing nurse practitioner laws.
Photo: Nebraska Action Coalition, or Nebraska nurse practitioner.

Also, please think about events your Action Coalition will hold in the coming weeks and what photos you can take to share with the Campaign. And be sure to have everyone in the photo complete the release form

Send your accomplishments, photos, and questions as soon as possible to video producer Jacqueline Boulden at [email protected] by October 30.
Campaign Pillars

Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration

“Team-Based Care: A World of Difference”

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston knows that team-based care is better care. It is safer, more efficient, less costly, and more satisfying than the all-too-common occurrence of different clinicians acting independently, which leads to fragmented, uncoordinated care and frustrated patients and families. New interprofessional competencies being taught, such as “huddles” and “debriefing” with a shared mental model, are promising ways to improve health care. That is why the science center’s Center for Interprofessional Collaboration produced a video showing how patients and their family caregivers are best served by integrated, team-based care.

Watch the video.
Upcoming Webinars

Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues to host 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.

Social Determinants of Health
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health are known as social determinants of health. The purpose of this Learning Collaborative is to discuss how a nursing workforce that is diverse can better address these various factors. Guest speakers include:

  • Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH, director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), who will describe RWJF’s approach in building a “Culture of Health” by addressing the social determinants of health.
  • D.C. Action Coalition co-lead Pier A. Broadnax, PhD, RN, director and associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia, who will discuss how the D.C. Action Coalition addresses the social determinants of health at a local level, including its plans to increase interprofessional collaboration.

To register for this webinar:

  1. Go to: Register for the meeting.
  2. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions for joining the meeting.

How Is Your Coalition’s Culture Affecting Your Progress?
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time:  2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Culture trumps strategy: Understanding that is critical to your coalition’s success. How your team members work together, understand your group’s goals, and treat each other are examples and symbols of an organization’s culture. What cultural barriers might be within your coalition? How can you reframe your coalition’s culture to achieve success? In this session, learn ways to improve how your team works together.

To register for this webinar:

  1. Go to:  Register for the meeting.
  2. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions for joining the meeting.

“The Numbers Are There: Using Data to Pave the Way to Increased Diversity”   
Date: Tuesday, November 18
Time:  3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

The changing face of America means that its nurses must be equally diverse. That’s one reason the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report set as a goal greater diversity in the nursing workforce.

Good news: Data are available to guide Action Coalitions in creating a more diverse workforce.

This webinar will help states find and use facts and statistics to assess and track the diversity within their state’s nursing workforce and among graduates of nursing programs. Participants will also learn how to develop a “diversity ratio”–comparing diversity among nurses in each state to the state’s population.

Presenters are Edward Salsberg, MPH, director of health workforce studies at the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute and instructor at the GW School of Nursing; and Leo Quigley, MPH, senior research assistant at the GW School of Nursing.

To register for this webinar:

  1. Go to: Register for the meeting.
  2. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions for joining the meeting.

Webinars of Interest
Recent Archived CCNA Webinars:
Leveraging Leadership Capacity and Management Capacity for Success

Diversity and Coalition Effectiveness: Strategies for Sustainability
View a summary

Fundraising Mentor Program Launch

Recommended Criteria for Diversity Action Plans: Two Years Later
View a summary


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

Resources From Recent Weekly Updates:

Grant Resource Guide

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

Call for Applications: 2016Culture of Health Prize
Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on November 12.

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Meeting
April 27-29, 2016 | Orlando, Fla.
AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

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