Campaign for Action Update: November 17, 2015

The Campaign Announces Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing
Congratulations from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to 10 nurse leaders across the country who have been named this year’s Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing. Created to both honor and encourage nurses who are innovators in improving the nation’s health, the award includes leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership that is paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The nurse leaders will act as ambassadors for the Campaign and work with their states’ Action Coalitions to help build healthier communities. Collectively and individually, this year’s group is impressive: They share creativity, energy, and a devotion to helping their communities achieve greater health, and each individually has offered an innovation specific to the populations she serves. Among the ideas they have put into action: efforts to reduce child abuse, improve access to healthy food and living opportunities, and improve mental health outcomes in adolescents through a pioneering use of avatars.

Read about the award and the 10 nurses here.

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

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

White House Internship Program Accepting Applications

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, D.C., is offering an internship for its spring session–January through May–to fellows and graduate students. Part of the White House Internships for Health Professionals, the initiative has as a goal “to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through increased participation in federal programs.” To learn more about the opportunity and how to apply, visit the White House internships link.

Application deadline: November 30.

Health Policy Collaborative to Hold Conference

The RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico’s “Building Health Policy Competency in Graduate Nursing Programs” conference, to be held January 23-24, will bring together interprofessional experts in the instruction of health policy with the aim of increasing the quality, rigor, and uniformity of health policy education in doctoral nursing programs. Read more.

Early registration for the conference in Naples, Fla., is January 4, 2016.

AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship Accepting Applications

Are you a post-doctoral researcher looking for hands-on experience in an exemplary setting? AcademyHealth’s Delivery System Science Fellowship offers a yearlong learning opportunity for post-doctoral researchers who have a background in health services research or related fields to gain more applied experience in a delivery system setting. Fellows are placed within leading delivery systems for hands-on training and professional development opportunities. For the 2016 cycle, AcademyHealth is offering placements at eight prestigious host sites, including the Mayo Clinic and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute.

Read more.

Application deadline: January 8 at 5 p.m. ET.

Grants Available to Increase Access to APRN Care in Rural, Underserved Populations

The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for its latest Advanced Nursing Education Program funding opportunity. The goal: to increase access to primary care in rural and underserved areas through creative academic-practice partnerships with advanced practice registered nursing primary care programs. Eligible applicants include schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, and state or local governments.

Application deadline: January 16. Find more information here.

Campaign Pillars

Promoting Diversity

Slow, Steady Growth in Diversity of Students, Faculty

Greater diversity in nursing is good for the public, of course, so the news is encouraging in two policy briefs from the American Association of Colleges on how nursing is doing when it comes to attracting students and faculty from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds. “The Changing Landscape: Nursing Student Diversity on the Rise” shows a five-year trend of steady growth of minority students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. And “Nursing Faculty: A Spotlight on Diversity” shows over 10 years that “the number of minority faculty in the nursing field has continued to steadily increase to match the expanding minority population within the United States.”

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.

“The Numbers Are There: Using Data to Pave the Way to Increased Diversity”   
Date:   Wednesday, 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, MPA, 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.

“Holistic Admissions Criteria: Promising Approaches”

Date: Wednesday, December 16

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The purpose of this Learning Collaborative is to discuss promising admissions practices that can broaden the diversity of a school’s student body. Guest speakers who will talk about their initiatives and perspectives include leaders in higher education and the Campaign for Action:

  • Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and co-chair of the Diversity Steering Committee for the Campaign.
  • Greer Glazer, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN, is dean of the College of Nursing and associate vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Gloria V. Hawkins, PhD, is assistant vice chancellor and director, Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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

What You Need to Know About the Move From Fee-for-Service: Webinar

Get a one-hour overview of the new payment and delivery models and what they mean for nurses. Betty Rambur, PhD, RN, leads a practical discussion of the implications on the nursing workforce of emerging value-based payment models, all directed to the Triple Aim of reducing costs, improving care, and enhancing the health of the population.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Register today.
Recent Archived CCNA Webinars:
The Social Determinants of Health

Leveraging Leadership Capacity and Management Capacity for Success

Diversity and Coalition Effectiveness: Strategies for Sustainability
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Fundraising Mentor Program Launch

Recommended Criteria for Diversity Action Plans: Two Years Later
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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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Resources From Recent Weekly Updates:

Grant Resource Guide

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF to Fund Efforts to Evaluate Innovations in Low-Resource Communities
Application deadline: December 10

Funds Offered to Support BSN Students’ Experiential Training
Application deadline: January 20, 2016.

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Meeting
April 27-29, 2016 | Orlando, Fla.
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