Campaign for Action Update: March 29, 2016


RWJF President: “Step Outside Your Comfort Zone”

“Forge unconventional partnerships,” urges Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, in the annual message she sends out as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO. She gives ideas for how to think big and act together to help build a Culture of Health.

Read the RWJF president’s message.
New Measures on County Health Rankings Includes Distress, Drug Overdoses 

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute has updated its rankings to include measures of health such as physical distress, mental distress–and even how much sleep you and your neighbors get. Also new: a measure of segregation in residential areas.

Learn about the new measures.

See how your county or state ranks.


Policy Brief: Nurse Practitioners Are Part of Solution in Rural America

Of the nearly 8 million Americans enrolled in health plans thanks to the Affordable Care Act, roughly 725,000 live in rural areas. The numbers of insured may have gone up, but access to primary care in rural areas has long been difficult, even before the ACA. Now a policy brief from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and the Rural Health Research & Policy Centers lays out how nurse practitioners and physician assistants can meet those needs, especially in areas with less restrictive regulations.

Read “How Could Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Be Deployed to Provide Rural Primary Care?”
Nursing Student Diversity Is on the Rise, Says AACN Report  
In a new policy brief, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing looks back five years and sees an increase in the number of minority students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The upward trend is good news, of course–a culturally diverse nursing workforce will be able to provide high-quality, culturally sensitive care for more Americans, as the Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing noted in 2010.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities 

Campaign Updates Compilation of Funding Sources
Is your Action Coalition looking for funding? The Campaign for Action has just posted an updated list of resources and funding opportunities.
Healthy People 2030 Is Looking for You
Since 1979, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a comprehensive set of national public health objectives, known as Healthy People, for improving the health of all Americans. For the first time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is creating an advisory committee, experts in disease prevention and health promotion who can provide independent advice in establishing Healthy People 2030. Experts in a number of specialty areas are sought, including health information technology, health law, and the social determinants of health.
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 to 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.

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


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.

Building a Culture of Health, State by State 
Date: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

How does your Action Coalition begin building a Culture of Health, or continue progress you’ve already made? Join us to answer those critical questions. We will make connections between the Institute of Medicine’s nursing recommendations and Culture of Health opportunities. We’ll share a new tool to make this easier, and provide language to help describe this work. 

By the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • A better understanding of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health “action framework”
  • A new survey tool to identify Culture of Health work you may already be doing
  • New talking points to describe this important work



The meeting room number to enter, if one is required, is 745 734 335.

Progress on the Institute of Medicine Recommendations: Perspectives on the Evidence Collaboration and Leadership
Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

When nurses lead, from the boardroom to the bedside, patient outcomes are better. That’s why two of the pillars in the IOM’s 2010 report on the future of nursing focus on leadership: Nurses need to be decision-makers in designing health systems and key collaborators on health care teams. Since the report’s release, nurse leadership on boards has grown and top nursing schools are offering more leadership and interdisciplinary preparation–but challenges remain.Olga Yakusheva,  a PhD economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and School of Public Health, will review the progress on the IOM recommendation that nurses should be full partners with other health professionals in redesigning health care in the United States.

Moderator: Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, co-director, Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Discussing the implications of recent changes:

  • Sue Fitzsimons, PhD, RN, CENP, senior vice president, patient services and chief nursing officer, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, College of Nursing, Montana State University.


The meeting room number to enter, if one is required, is 741 121 097.

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 theCampaign 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.


The meeting room number to enter, if one is required, is 740 040 853.

Webinars Hosted by Others

New: Fundraising Communications 4: Fundraising Materials That Work

Date: Wednesday, April 27

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET 

What kinds of materials and resources will help your leaders, staff, and volunteers walk into donor conversations with confidence and communicate your message powerfully? Campbell & Company’s final webinar in its Fundraising Communications series will guide you through communicating visually and verbally in multiple media and formats including traditional print brochures and interactive iPad toolkits.

Learning objectives: 

  • How to use photography, illustrations, infographics, and sidebars to convey your messages better than words can
  • How to use both traditional materials and new formats to support your fundraisers
  • Examples of great communications pieces from across the nonprofit sector



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.


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