Campaign for Action Update: October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

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to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].


Nurse Leader Helps in Puerto Rico after Maria

Humble thanks to RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader Ivonne Rivera-Newberry, RN, BSN, who headed to Puerto Rico to help family after the hurricane and has stayed since to help many others. The assistant director of clinical service operations in the Reno County Health Department in Hutchinson, Kansas, is monitoring neighbors’ health and medications, among other actions.

Campaign News and Features

Campaign Advisory Groups Review Progress and Look Ahead

In mid-September, members of two Campaign advisory groups assessed progress made on several Campaign priorities, and took questions from Action Coalition leaders who flew in from across the country. The Champion Nursing Council and Champion Nursing Coalition gathering also spotlighted a successful alliance among organizations that see the value in improving laws concerning consumers’ access to nurse care.

Read more about the event.

NBC News Hails Villarruel for Groundbreaking Research

As part of its annual recognition of achievers making communities better, NBC News Latino has recognized Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and co-chair of the Campaign‘s Strategic Advisory Committee, as one of its #NBCLatino20 for 2017. Growing up in a Mexican-American household, says Villarruel, shaped her approach to health.

Read more.

Fundraising and Diversity Training Offered in Denver

A two-part training this week in Denver will focus on increasing diversity in the nursing workforce and fundraising to support these efforts. The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence–a lead organization of the Colorado Action Coalition–and the Center to Champion Nursing in America bring together participants from the Rocky Mountain states who seek to reduce health care disparities.

New Paper Notes Ways All Nurses Can Promote U.S. Health

A white paper from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Catalysts for Change: Harnessing the Power of Nurses to Build Population Health in the 21st Century,” posts that all nurses, no matter their education level or workplace, can help reverse the nation’s trend of declining health. The report recommends ways nurses can promote the health of the U.S. population.

Read more.

Register for “Putting Care at the Center 2017”

The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs holds its annual conference in Los Angeles November 15-17. “Care at the Center 2017” offers opportunities to learn, build relationships, and discuss ways to improve care for people with complex health and social needs. Attendees can receive up to 10.5 continuing education units.

Read more about the meeting .

Read about the center.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Communities Committed to Health: Culture of Health Prize

Communities in which local leaders and neighbors together are transforming their town, city, village, or region should consider applying for the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Deadline: November 3 at 3 p.m. ET.

Read and apply.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists are encouraged to apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program, a yearlong learning experience in Washington, D.C., that seeks to build and maintain strong and diverse leadership and a workforce skilled in health policy. Deadline: November 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more.

Nursing Schools Can Apply for HRSA Faculty Loan Program

A funding program run by the Health Resources and Services Administration provides funds to schools of nursing that allow them to offer loans to students committed to becoming nurse faculty. The goal: to increase the number of qualified nurse faculty. Applications are due by November 28. See “meetings and webinars” for more information.



Nurses’ Health Study 3 Seeks Volunteers

The Nurses’ Health Studies, the largest, longest-running investigations of women’s health, has since 1976 relied on nurse participants to study a number of health factors. The third such study seeks 100,000 nurses or nurse students, ages 19 to 52, to participate in a web-based study of health issues related to lifestyle, fertility/pregnancy, environment, and nursing exposures.


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

Delivering Oral Health Care Services: It’s Not Just for Dentists

Montana State University, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies. October 26, 2-3 p.m. ET

Culture of Health and Nursing Education Learning Collaborative (teleconference)

Center to Champion Nursing in America. November 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.
Read notes from the previous calls.

Better Together: Nurses Engaging in Interprofessional Team Collaboration and Leadership
Nebraska Action Coalition. November 3, Omaha, Neb.

Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Summit
Massachusetts Action Coalition. November 3, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Devens, Mass.

“Advancing Quality and Safety in Healthcare

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

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