Campaign for Action Update: April 12, 2016


In Memoriam: Julie McNulty
Julie McNulty, PhD, MS, BSN, respected and loved by many including those in the world of health and wellness, died on March 30. This news came to us from a colleague of Julie’s  at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation (CONHI), which Julie joined last year. Wrote Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, dean and professor at ASU: “Julie’s dedication to caring for others was never more evident than in her decision to join the CONHI faculty last year and focus on improving health and wellness for cancer patients and survivors – even as she quietly fought her own battle.” Before moving to Arizona, Julie was one of the first leaders of the Alaska Action Coalition, which included overseeing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) State Implementation Program grant.

As Teri put it, “Many of you had the privilege of working with Julie either during her post doc studies or as a treasured colleague. Her positive energy and gentle spirit were inspirational. … We wish to extend our heartfelt support to Julie’s family in this time of sadness.”

Rankings Compare Health Between Rural, Urban Residents

The 2016 County Health Rankings released last month include a significant angle worth noting: the difference in health problems faced by those living in rural versus urban areas. (A Weekly Update item last month noted the new measures of health in this year’s map, such as quantifying physical distress and mental distress.) Differences between those in rural and urban counties include widening differences in premature death rates, for example. A piece in Media Health Leadersquotes Bridget Catlin, co-director of County Health Rankings: “It is difficult for rural residents to have access to medical care and it is difficult for the health care system to provide services.” Catlin also says the poor health is possibly linked to higher rates of smoking and obesity.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a RWJF program produced by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Find your county on the 2016 County Health Rankings map.

Read the piece in Media Health Leaders

Thanks Goes to You: It’s National Volunteer Week 

Sunday, April 10 marked the start of National Volunteer Week, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably among those who deserve a grateful thank you. Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, started this week of recognition in 1974, and you can return the favor by telling others online about your work to improve America’s health through nursing. Points of Light asks: What does service mean to you? Tell them, and us, by using the hashtag the national volunteer corps suggests: #NVW2016, and ours,@Campaign4Action.

Read about Volunteer Week at Points of Light.

New Executive Director Starts at Nurses on Boards Coalition

Laurie Benson, BSN, RN, was appointed last week executive director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition. “I am honored and excited to play a leadership role in advancing more nurses to the boardroom where their unique insights, experiences and perspectives will have a significant impact in improving the health of communities and our nation,” Benson said in a news release from the American Nurse Association.

Read the full American Nurses Association announcement.

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.

View the list.

New: Healthiest Cities Competition to Promote Fit Behaviors

Good health is everybody’s business, which is why the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties are partnering to provide funds to communities that develop practical strategies for improving health and wellness in measurable ways. The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge is open to cities, counties, and federally recognized tribes most able to show such change in the next few years. The healthy competition is administered by CEOs For Cities.

Read more

Deadline: August 1, 2016

New: “Share, Learn, Improve”: Join a National Collaborative Effort

 Get involved in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, a national program that supports peer-based learning among national and regional health care networks. The idea: to improve the quality of care Americans receive, and reduce costs by, for example, reducing unnecessary tests. Jump into this historic initiative by becoming part of the Nurse Practitioner Support and Alignment Network, which is administered by the National Nursing Centers Consortium and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The initiative is sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the opportunity to learn and contribute is free.

Learn more and register

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.

Deadline: Monday, April 18 at 6 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 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.

Deadline: 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.
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.

Webinars Hosted by Others

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.

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

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

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

CMS Funding to Link Clinical Care, Social Services

Applications are due by May 18 at 1 p.m. ET

NLN Foundation Invites Applicants for Education Scholarship Awards

Applications are due by May 31 at 4:00 p.m. ET
RWJF Evidence for Action: Grants to Support Research to Build a Culture of Health

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