Campaign for Action Update: June 28, 2016


Niederhauser Picked for Council That Supports Interprofessional Efforts 

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PNP-BC, dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council of the national Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program.

The program, which will fund initiatives that bring together professionals from different disciplines to work together for better health, is part of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and is supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. (Learn more about this below under funding opportunities.)

“It is an honor to be asked to serve on this board,” said Niederhauser in the announcement her school issued about her appointment. “We know that complex health and wellness issues can and will be solved better when different professionals work together to find solutions.”

Niederhauser, who is also an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, is chair of the Tennessee Action Coalition, which hosts the second of two Culture of Health workshops for Action Coalitions, to be held in Knoxville July 13-14. (Read more about this below.)


Culture of Health Sessions: Next Stop, Knoxville

Representatives from nearly half the Action Coalitions in the country gathered in Omaha last week to talk about how they are building a Culture of Health and their plans to increase those efforts.

The June 21-22 Culture of Health workshop, co-hosted by the Nebraska Action Coalition and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, is the first of two held this summer; the next session is in Knoxville July 13-14.

The two-day session helped Action Coalitions understand how to link their work implementing the recommendations on the future of nursing from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with efforts to build a Culture of Health. Nevada’s community garden, for one example, has nurses showing leadership while forming valuable connections with community allies and helping residents understand how good food choices equal better health.

In talking about their activities, Action Coalitions determined at which of four stages they were in integrating Culture of Health and IOM work. Linking, the first stage, includes forming connections with new and different organizations and institutions. Staging is putting ideas into action with others; scaling up is expanding on this foundation for larger impact; and the fourth stage, sustaining, involves ongoing efforts with partners in different fields.

Thank you to Victoria Vinton, MSN, RN, director of the Nebraska Action Coalition, as well as  the sponsors who helped make possible a successful two days in Omaha.

Charting Nursing‘s Future Now on Campaign Website

Since 2005, beginning with “Addressing the Nursing Shortage,” Charting Nursing’s Future has covered a range of nursing issues, including education, collaboration, workforce data, and the role of nurse leaders in public health. Now these more than two dozen policy briefs are in one place on the Campaign for Action website. Published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the papers are designed to educate hospital executives, policymakers, and nurses at all levels.

Nurses Give Practical Advice on Assuming Leadership Roles

Two recently published interviews offer advice about leadership, one from a nurse at the top and the other from a nurse who is headed that way. Read about both interviews.

Nurses Give Pointers to Good Health at Food Banks

Food pantries and farmers markets might seem worlds apart from each other, but they have at least one thing in common: They are places nurses are contributing to building healthier communities. Read about a piece in the New York Times and a video that shows collaborations between health care providers and the community, on the Campaign’s website.

Politico Examines Access to Care

The health executive editor of Politico,  which focuses on politics and government, hosted a conversation with a physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, and researcher, probing for their opinions and experiences with scope of practice restrictions. This discussion, now on video, comes on the heels of a report Politico published last week based on a working group of health professionals talking about the same topic. Find out more about both gatherings .

VA Still Seeks Public Comments on APRN Proposal 

One month down, one to go: The public has until July 25 to comment on the Veterans Affairs proposal to allow advanced practice registered nurses to provide care to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities. That means more veterans could receive excellent care from nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives.

Read more here, including some ideas of what to say if you have not already left your comment at

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

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.

Funds Offered to Accelerate Interprofessional Community-Based Efforts

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education wants to give a boost to initiatives that pair graduate nursing professions with at least one other profession in community-based clinical settings. That’s why it is funding up to 20 graduate nursing programs that are already partnering with others. The Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is open to all schools with graduate health professional and other nonhealth related professional schools (business, architecture, law, education, and others). As the application states, the initiatives should include how they build on the state Action Coalition’s interprofessional education practices.

Deadline: July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


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:

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States

Deadline: August 2

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

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