Campaign for Action Update: June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

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to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].


Thanks to Those Finding Workforce Answers
We’re grateful to those who contribute expertise to an issue of key importance to America’s health needs and to the Campaign for Action: the country’s need for nurses. Among those speaking at the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers’ annual conference in Denver June 7-9 were Center to Champion Nursing in America chief strategist Susan Reinhard and senior strategic policy adviser Andrea Brassard.

Workforce centers are in 34 states, finding solutions to nursing shortages. The Campaign is proud that 15 Action Coalitions have as co-lead their state’s nursing workforce center. These hubs are taking action to make sure that every American is supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing health care and promoting health.

Representing Action Coalitions in talks at the meeting were Alabama’s Carol J. Ratcliffe and Kathleen A. Ladner, California’s Mary Dickow, Connecticut’s Lisa Sundean, Indiana’s Kimberly Harper, Louisiana’s Cynthia Bienemey, North Dakota’s Patricia Moulton, Oregon’s Jana Bitton, Pennsylvania’s Sarah Hexem, Rhode Island’s Betty Rambur, Vermont’s Mary Val Palumbo, and Washington’s Sofia Aragon.

Campaign News and Features

Reasons AARP Video Series Can Help Family Caregivers, Nurses

There aren’t many videos that show family caregivers how to do medical nursing tasks, and AARP is working with the Home Alone alliance to fill that gap. The latest video in this caregiving series is out, and like the others, it reflects a variety of cultures, is accessible, and can be a useful teaching tool. Check it out.

Read more.

“I Went Into Nursing After the Coast Guard”: Meet Jake Creviston

“If I could change one thing about nursing it would actually be many people’s perception of it,” says Jake Creviston, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, in the fourth in a series of profiles of nurse leaders on the Campaign blog. He also talks about his family’s combined 230 years of experience that preceded his entry into nursing.

Read more.

Nurse Practitioners Rank Third in Health Care Demand Analysis 

Nurse practitioners are in high demand these days as states increasingly allow consumers direct access to care. That’s according to a snapshot of the health care work force by MerrittHawkins, a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare.

Read more.

Connecticut Offers Four-Part Course on Population Health

The Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition has launched a free, online course on population health, for nurses, nursing students, and other health care providers. The course, developed with the Connecticut League for Nursing using funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program (SIP) program, can help Action Coalitions integrate Culture of Health concepts into their initiatives.

Find out more about the course.

Nursing Education Calls to Start Again in September 

The Campaign’s monthly teleconference calls linking nursing education and Culture of Health concepts are on hold till the fall. Until the next call, September 27, Action Coalitions and others are invited to suggest topics to discuss during this learning collaborative. Email Lynn Mertz at [email protected].


Read  notes from the previous calls.

Up Next: Campaign to Visit Wisconsin and Idaho

This month, the Campaign holds its final two meetings, dubbed “Building on the Campaign for Action Pillars to Create a Healthier America.” Action Coalitions that did not attend the New Mexico workshop in April are in Madison, Wisconsin, this week, or heading to Boise, Idaho, June 28-29.


Learn more about the meeting.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New – Share Programs that Build a Culture of Health on Campuses 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking to learn from universities, colleges, and other higher education networks about successful or promising efforts to build a Culture of Health on your campus or community. RWJF is seeking ideas with the potential to be sustained, brought to scale, or replicated. Deadline: June 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Learn more.

New Federal Grant Program Looks to Reduce Health Disparities

The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative is accepting applications from programs that support improving the health of minority and disadvantaged communities affected by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, or serious mental illness. Deadline: August 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

Learn more.


Meetings and Webinars
Meetings open to all unless otherwise noted. Follow links for details about fees and registration.

Mentoring Minority Nursing Students: A Pillar for Successful Leadership (webinar)

Center to Champion Nursing in America. June 22, 3-4 p.m. ET.


Convenient Healthcare and Pharmacy Collaborative 3rd Annual Conference
Convenient Care Association. July 20-22, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


Culture of Health and Nursing Education Learning Collaborative (teleconference)

Center to Champion Nursing in America. September 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.

2017  Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference 
American Academy of Nursing. October 5-7, Washington D.C.

OADN 2017 Convention: “Advancing Quality and Safety in Healthcare”

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. November 17-19, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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