Campaign for Action Update: June 14, 2016

Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of June 14. In this week’s update, find shout-outs; news; funding opportunities; and webinars.

If you know of a story or event you want to tell others about, or a person or action that deserves recognition, let us know by emailing Aidan McCallion at [email protected].
Massachusetts Updates Its Core Competencies Toolkit 
Congratulations to the Massachusetts Action Coalition for updating its Nursing Core Competencies Toolkit. The changes, as explained in slides used in a webinar earlier this year, reflect the many factors of a culture of health, and include a new framework by which to define and expand diversity. The toolkit was part of the work created for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing program.


Nursing Organizations Talk Climate, Health at White House

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments came to Washington to advocate for a healthier climate, and the Texas Team’s Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, wrote about the experiencefor the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. On May 25, senior officials from the White House reviewed a new report on the topic, and talked with nurses to discuss nursing’s role in education, research and practice when it comes to environment and health.

VA still soliciting comments; Campaign offers some language 

The Federal Register has seemingly received more response to this proposal than it has ever received before: Last month, the Veterans Health Administration opened for public comment its proposal to allow all four types of advanced practice registered nurses in VA facilities to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Such a move would allow more veterans to receive excellent care, more quickly.

Now the Campaign for Action has provided some points you can include in a comment to the VA. Comments are allowed up to July 25. Read more about the proposal, and ideas to include in your email to the VA.

Community Groups Partner to Improve Housing 

Two new policy briefs give a window on the good that can happen when the public health and housing sectors work together. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health blogtakes a look at Curry County, Oregon, where a connection was made between housing and health equity. Read the policy briefs that outline the links, and learn how health impact assessments can affect your community.

Encouragement Comes From the Top for Nurses to Enter the Boardroom

Nurses on Boards Coalition Executive Director Laurie Benson, BSN, has advice for nurses who could be serving on boards: Don’t think you’re too busy. Benson delivers three other powerful messages, too, in an interview in HealthLeaders Media. For example: “There’s an element of health in almost everything,” she says, so go for boards even if they don’t seem to be obviously health-related. The Nurses on Boards Coalition is working to put at least 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020; says Benson, “Our work is not done.”  Read the full article.

Health Providers Across the U.S. Explain Interprofessional Successes

At 16 health facilities across the country, researchers interviewed nurses, physicians, pharmacists, students, therapists, and professionals from other disciplines who work together in new ways to provide the best care possible. A new nine-minute video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows the health care professionals talking about how they and their teammates reach consensus that leads to better health. Watch the video.

Just Out: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Education

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Academic Progression in Nursingprogram, and the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently wrote a set of responses tofrequently asked questions about academic progression. Answers include the definition of NCSBN’s role in overseeing the RN-to-BSN programs, an explanation of how nursing programs can gain access to workforce data, and a review of the steps taken to make sure the NCLEX, the examination for licensing of nurses, is up to date. Read the frequently asked questions.

Building on the Campaign to Create a Healthier America: Summer Meetings 

All Action Coalitions will be invited to one of two meetings this summer co-sponsored by theCampaign for Action and designed to show the powerful overlap between their work on the Campaign pillars and a Culture of Health.  The June 21-22 gathering in Omaha is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Action Coalition, and the July 13-14 event in Knoxville is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Action Coalition.

The goals of both will be the same, including activities to help participants understand how their ongoing collaborations already are building a Culture of Health, learn how to develop strategies for building a Culture of Health, and communicate more easily about the movement. Staff from the Campaign will be in touch with Action Coalitions about which session they are invited to attend. If you have questions about the meetings, contact Natalie Moulding  at [email protected].

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Community Colleges Can Apply for Grant to Go Smoke-Free

The Truth Initiative says it is “inspiring tobacco-free lives,” and wants to inspire community colleges to begin smoke-free policies. America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past is offering a grant to help colleges advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy.

Deadline: July 15. Learn more about the program.

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States 

Obesity continues to be a national public health problem. To encourage solutions, the Centers for Disease Control is offering funding opportunities to land grant colleges or universities in a states with counties that have an adult obesity rate of over 40 percent. The monies would go to solutions that include efforts to identify barriers and create interventions.

Deadline: August 2. Read the funding announcement.

“Engaging Businesses for Health”- The Private Sector and a Culture of Health

As the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) works with others to build a Culture of Health, it seeks ways in which the private sector’s investments are leading to healthier communities. To find the evidence to build this business case, RWJF will fund up to eight research projects providing evidence on topics including business investment in healthy community environments, and community health and market effects on businesses.

Deadline: June 14 at 3 p.m. ET. Find out how to apply.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.

STEM Programs Can Add Up to More Diversity in Nursing

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The dearth of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) might contribute to the U.S. losing its edge when it comes to innovation, says the National Institutes of Health–but as a result, there are now a number of innovative STEM programs that target young students in diverse, disadvantaged communities. Attendees at this webinar will discuss those programs, and strategies Action Coalition can use to strengthen their diversity action plans. This focus on STEM programs can help sustain and expand diversity efforts and lead to a nursing workforce that reflects the demographics of the nation.


Webinars Hosted by Others

“First Look: Giving USA 2016”

Date: Wednesday, June 15

Time: 1 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Want to learn about what recent trends in giving might mean for your organization? Campbell & Company hosts this webinar that will cover broad and sector-specific philanthropic trends, potential opportunities and challenges, and what the implications are for your fundraising goals and program strategies.


Campaign Case Development and Communications
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET

Is your Action Coalition thinking about starting a campaign to attract strong volunteers or find new funders? A major campaign is more than a strategy: It’s a statement about the future of your mission, and to succeed, you’ll need to make the case. Join Campbell & Company for a free webinar on developing and communicating your campaign case.

After the webinar, you should be able to express a campaign vision that stands apart, craft campaign messages that stick in donors’ minds, and plan a communications strategy that builds momentum.


Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 

Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Fundraising and Coalition Building 

Nurses as Partners in Redesigning Health Care
Summary of the April 25 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Sustaining Diversity: Learning From Great Examples

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

AACN Innovations in Graduate Population Health Curriculum Awards
Deadline: June 17
Apply for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program 
Deadline: July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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

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