Campaign for Action Update: June 21, 2016


Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of June 21. 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].
Culture of Health Meetings Get Started: First Stop, Omaha
Congratulations to all those gathered for the first of two Culture of Health meetings happening this summer. The Nebraska Action Coalition is co-hosting the June 21-22 meeting in Omaha; activities are intended to show how Action Coalitions are building a Culture of Health, and provide actions that can further the movement. #CultureofHealth is trending, literally (online) and metaphorically (among participants in Nebraska). Two tweetsfrom the first morning gave perspectives on the energy there: The convergence of #CultureofHealth with social determinants of health makes me smile. (Thank you, Jessica Gonzalez, RN, aka @senorajess, of Indiana.) And this: It is imperative to create systems & processes to bridge gap between healthcare & social services. (Thanks, Connecticut League for Nursing, aka @ctleaguenursing)

Track #CultureofHealth online at:

Read more about the Nebraska session.

The second meeting, also co-sponsored by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, is July 13-14 in Knoxville and is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Action Coalition.


Working Group Produces Wide Range of Ideas on Scope of Practice Laws

The executive editor for health care at Politico recently gathered health experts to review the state of scope of practice laws, particularly regarding physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The “working group of high-level voices” brought together to identify trends and policy options included primary and specialty physicians, nurses and NPs, PAs and researchers, including Winifred Quinn, PhD, director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs at the Center for Champion Nursing in America. The resulting inside assessment includes comments showing many facets of a fast-moving issue. Read more.

VA Still Soliciting Comments; Campaign Offers Some Language 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.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities 

New – Harvard Public Health School Offers Executive Training

Harvard Leadership Trainings intersect with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in several ways, notably in an emphasis on leadership development. A new program for nurse executives takes place in two weeklong sessions: This fall, the focus is on leadership, and next spring, on strategic planning. Other executive education programs and continuing education courses at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health include management, public health education, and organizational strategy. Learn more about the sessions offered.

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.


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

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:

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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