Campaign for Action Update: March 15, 2016


Lots of Us Leaped Into Leadership 

The weeklong focus that started February 29 on getting nurses to report their leadership succeeded! During Leap Into Leadership week, more than 4,400 people visited the Nurses on Boards Coalition website, which saw a 42 percent increase in board service reported. That brings the total thus far to 1,768 nurses adding their valuable perspective on decision-making bodies.

Please continue encouraging nurses to report their board service.


Facing Shortage, N.D. Gets “Creative” in Hiring Nurses

By 2026, reports the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune , citing the state’s center for nursing, 21 percent of the country’s registered nurses will be retired. “Nursing faces critical job shortage” highlights the ways hospitals in North Dakota are trying to encourage new nurses to join their communities.

Read the article.

New Paper Urges Broader Concept of Community Health 

Recent interest in the role that hospitals play in improving community health beyond simply providing medical care has drawn similar attention to federal regulations. A new paper in Brookings’ series on building healthy communities examines those developments and considers especially an Affordable Care Act requirement that has nonprofit hospitals assessing and addressing neighborhood needs. The piece, by Sara Rosenbaum, professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, urges the Internal Revenue Service to take actions to encourage better partnerships between hospitals and their communities.

Read “Community Health Needs Assessment, and Community Health Improvement.”

Now Available in Paperback: IOM’s Progress Report on the Future of Nursing 

Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing, released in December,is now out in book form. If you’re interested in buying the paperback, apply the code CFA25 to get a discount of 25 percent. The code can be used for the same discount on the IOM’s original report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Purchase the progress report.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New: Abstracts Requested for Health Affairs Culture of Health Issue

The magazine “at the intersection of health, health care, and policy” plans to focus on the Culture of Health this fall, and is seeking abstracts. Health Affairs in November 2016 will publish research, analyses, and commentaries that explore various aspects of the Culture of Health and its four action areas: making health a shared value; fostering cross-sector collaboration; creating healthier, more equitable communities; and strengthening integration of health services and systems.

Read Health Affairs request.

Deadline: Abstracts are due to Health Affairs by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 28.

CMS Funding to Link Clinical Care, Social Services

Many communities grapple with problems that fall in the gap between clinical care and other services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks solutions: Over the next five years, CMS will test models based on promising service delivery approaches that link beneficiaries with community services. CMS will award a total of 44 agreements 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. For more information, visit   CMS Initiatives, or watch this webinar overview.

Extension: CMS is accepting applications until May 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

RWJF 2016 Culture of Health Leaders Wants You!

People involved in public policy, business, technology, community development, transportation, health–in fact, in all the fields that together create community–are invited apply for one of 50 spots in RWJF’s 2016 Culture of Health Leaders program. Awardees will spend three years completing a leadership development curriculum and working on individual and group projects that support the cultural shifts necessary to help create well-being for all.

Learn more about the program in a March 24 webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Deadline: Applications are due by April 19. Apply for the program.

NLN Foundation Invites Applicants for Education Scholarship Awards

Are you a member of the National League of Nursing pursuing advanced degrees in preparation for a career as a full-time academic nurse educator?  Apply for its 2016 Nursing Education Scholarship awards program. You must be a master’s or doctoral student enrolled in accredited program and who has completed at least half of your academic program.

Read more about the awards program.

Deadline: May 31 by 4:00 p.m. ET.


Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars
The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by others that may be of interest.

New:Sustaining Diversity: Learning From Great Examples
Date: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

America needs a nursing workforce that is as diverse as the country itself. That’s why the Campaign for Action supports efforts to recruit and prepare a nursing workforce that reflects the country’s many populations and so can better understand people’s needs. What can Action Coalitions do to build on their progress in this area and make sure that this work can be sustained? Learn from peers in New Jersey, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania about their success creating long-lasting and effective diversity programs.


Progress on the Institute of Medicine Recommendations: Perspectives on the Evidence, Nursing Education
Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 3-4 p.m. ET

Eighty percent of nurses should hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) by 2020, the Institute of Medicine said in 2010. The data shows progress is being made toward that goal, and research shows that hospitals with higher proportions of nurses with BSNs have better patient outcomes. Join Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, as she analyzes the shifts in nursing education and highlights challenges in meeting education goals. Discussing implications of the progress are:

  • Mary Lou Brunell, Executive Director of the Florida Center for Nursing
  • Jeanette R. Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, Chief Nurse and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Suzanne Miyamoto, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing


Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

The Nursing Student’s Role in Building a Culture of Health
March 3 webinar.

The Evidence Shows: Better Laws Mean Better, More Accessible Care
Summary of the February 23 scope of practice webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Succession Planning: Bringing Up Tomorrow’s Leaders
Summary of the February 9 webinar.
What Makes an Effective Action Coalition? TCC Group Offers Its Findings

February 9 webinar.

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

AcademyHealth’s Health Data Liberator Award
Nominations are due by March 29.

American Public Health Association Award
Nominations are due by May 6.

2016 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program 
Applications are due by March 15 at 3 p.m. ET. Supporting documents must be postmarked by March 16.

RWJF Evidence for Action: Grants to Support Research to Build a Culture of Health

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

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