Campaign for Action Update: January 26, 2016


Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of January 26.

The Weekly Update has been reorganized to make it (we hope) more useful to you. As ever, we include shout-outs; news; funding opportunities; and webinars. But we have moved all news pieces to the top of our report, and now indicate clearly with the word “new” which funding opportunities and webinars have just been added. Let us know what you think by emailing Aidan McCallion at  [email protected].


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

Florida Scores Big With Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is the program designed to teach Action Coalitions how to approach would-be supporters with confidence. The skills Andrea Russell, DNP, RN, learned paid off for her and the Florida Action Coalition when they made their case successfully to Florida TaxWatch’s Robert Weissert. The senior vice president for research and special counsel to the president and CEO is now on the coalition’s steering committee.

Expert Researchers to Discuss Their Findings in Four Webinars

How have health care and nursing changed since the Institute of Medicine published its recommendations about both? To find out, researchers who specialize in various areas of health and workforce data  have combed reports and statistics published since 2010, and will discuss their findings in four webinars this spring.

Up first, on February 23, is Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN, director of the University of California, San Francisco Health Workforce Research Center, reviewing research on the quality of care consumers receive based on their states’ laws that allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their training. (Register in the webinar section below.) The additional webinars in this series are:

  • Nursing Education, March 22. Researcher: Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, director of the    Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • Partners in Redesigning Health Care, April 25. Researcher: Olga Yakusheva, PhD, MS, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
  • Workforce Planning, May 23. Researcher: Erin Fraher, PhD, MPA, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine; director, Program on Health and Workforce Research and Policy at Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina.

All webinars are 3 to 4 p.m. ET.

Please register for the first webinar . Further details and registration for the additional webinars will be coming soon.

Louisiana’s “Think Tank” Results in Multifaceted Report

Encourage early exposure to nursing; meet students where their needs are (for example, teaching reading comprehension); and tailor plans that take into consideration students’ home life and family structure, are among strategies devised to create more diversity during Louisiana’s first Nursing Workforce Diversity Think Tank in August. The just-published Embracing the Challenge: Enhancing Diversity in Louisiana’s Nursing Workforce shows what happens when more than 80 leaders gather for a structured day to talk about increasing diversity in nursing by examining three aspects: education, leadership, and practice. Strategies on leadership include reviewing how other leaders got where they are; and advocating for diversity “just as we advocate for our patients.” One of the many strategies offered in practice: make “intentional efforts” to investigate what has worked at facilities that are diverse.

The report also features answers to the important question asked for each of the three aspects of diversity: “What can we, as stakeholders, do within the next 18 months to increase the number of minority and male nurses serving in leadership positions in Louisiana?”

Learn more about the report.
University of Virginia to Train Physician-Nurse Pairs

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and School of Nursing have created a seven-month continuing education program to train physician-nurse pairs together for the first time. Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management will bring physician-nurse pairs from local hospitals, as well as other facilities around the state, to UVA focus on better collaboration, communication, and leadership techniques–practices meant to improve patient care as well as the hospital environment.

Read more.

Grant Funds Study on Nursing Models That Build a Culture of Health
The American Academy of Nursing and the RAND Corporation are teaming up to examine which nurse-designed models of care have led to the best clinical and financial outcomes. The new partnership, supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will research the work done by nurses who are part of AAN’s Edge Runner initiative-an effort focused on building a Culture of Health through multisector partnerships and promoting equitable access to high-quality services.

Read the news release.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

CMS Funding to Link Clinical Care, Social Services

In many communities, residents grapple with problems that fall in the gap between clinical care and other services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) over the next five years will test a three-track model based on promising service delivery approaches; each track features interventions that link beneficiaries with community services. CMS will award a total of 44 agreements ranging from $1 million to $4.5 million to implement the Accountable Health Communities model, which is based on evidence that addressing health-related social needs through clinical-community links can improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

CMS is accepting applications until March 31; letters of intent are due February 8.

For more information, visit CMS Initiatives.

AARP National Policy Council Seeks Volunteers

The National Policy Council (NPC) is accepting applications for volunteers.  To be considered, qualified applicants must:

  • Have experience developing and analyzing public policy issues
  • Have the ability and time to fully participate in the NPC
  • Be open to new and challenging concepts
  • Be an AARP member (age 50 and over)

Apply by February 28.

Join the Campaign’s Listserv

The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and others interested in our work. To join, visit the Campaign website. Sign up and also to let other members of your Action Coalition know about this easy way to exchange information and ideas!

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 receive future webinar invitations, please go to, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.


The Evidence Shows: Better Laws Mean Better, More Accessible Care

Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. So said the Institute of Medicine in its recommendation, and so says the evidence, which supports the fact that consumers have better access to high-quality care when nurses have the authority to provide the care for which they were trained. Join expert Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN, as she reviews key evidence gathered since the 2010 IOM report came out, and hear UnitedHealth Group Vice President Mary Jo Jerde and Blanca Castro of AARP-California discussing the practical effects of improved laws, including lower costs, fewer hospital readmissions, and higher satisfaction among family members.
What Makes an Effective Action Coalition? TCC Group Offers Its Findings

Date: Friday, January 29

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Hear evaluators from TCC Group explore their findings on how effective the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has been. TCC presented this summary at the Campaign’s annual Summit in Washington, D.C., December 10; this webinar is for those who did not attend. Use the TCC Coalition Capacity Checklist to assess your coalition’s work, and take part in a conversation to understand what qualities in a coalition and its leaders move us closer to achieving the Institute of Medicine goals.


Succession Planning: Bringing Up Tomorrow’s Leaders

Date: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Leadership change is inevitable in all organizations. Has your coalition developed a succession plan? Do you have potential leaders who should be mentored and given the chance to lead? Prepare your coalition for shifts at the top by learning from coalitions that have made smooth leadership transitions.

Webinars of Interest

Fundraising Communications 3: Engaging Volunteers With Your Case

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

In major gift fund-raising, your volunteer leaders can be your most effective ambassadors–but only if they feel confident sharing your case for support in their own words.

The third webinar in Campbell & Company’s Fundraising Communications series will guide you through tactics including talking points, elevator speeches, materials, and coaching to get your volunteers excited and “on message.”

This session will cover:

  • Engaging your volunteers in the case development process
  • Expressing your case in language your volunteers will want to use
  • Coaching and equipping your volunteers to share your message with confidence and passion

Campbell & Company explores these ideas in the context of campaigns as well as ongoing institutional fund-raising.


Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Increasing Access to Care: The APRN Consensus Model 2008 to 2015

Holistic Admission Criteria: Promising Approaches

The Numbers Are There: Using Data to Pave the Way to Increased Diversity

Academic Progression in Nursing Accreditation Webinar

Resources From Recent Weekly Updates:

Grant Resource Guide

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

American Nurses Foundation Seeks Grant Reviewers
Application deadline: February 28.

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Meeting
April 27-29 | Orlando, Fla.

AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

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