Campaign for Action Update: October 31, 2017

Campaign Update
October 31, 2017

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AACN Honors Reinhard With Lois Capps Award 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing this year recognizes Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, with its Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award. Reinhard, senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, earned the award that goes each year to an outstanding nurse whose work in public policy has made significant and lasting contributions to the nursing profession.

Read more.

Hawaii Co-Leader Earns  Executive Award 

Congratulations to Mary Boland, DrPH, RN, FAAN, co-leader of the Hawaii Action Coalition, for recognition from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii: its Executive Award. Nominees must demonstrate health care leadership in the community, serve as an inspiration for colleagues, and lead by innovation.

More about the award.

Campaign News and Features

Film Honors Nurses’ Role at Times of Life and Death 

Defining Hope,  a new film from documentarian Carolyn Jones, follows people and their families as they grapple with questions about life and death, with a focus on the nurses who help along the way. The Indiana Center for Nursing and Indiana Action Coalition sponsored the film’s premiere October 17 as part of the Heartland Film Festival, where it won Best Premiere for a Documentary Feature. It opens in theaters across the country November 1.

Read more about the film and where you can see it.

Candy Striper, Army Nurse: Colorado Leader Tells Her Story

Less than a year out of college, Colorado Action Coalition co-leader Karren Kowalski, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, joined the Army as a nurse. Kowalski shares her experiences of her career path and advice for the next generation of nurses with the  Campaign in the fourth of a series of profiles that feature Action Coalition leaders.

Read more.

Discrimination Takes Toll on Health, Survey Shows

Does discrimination affect health, and if so, how? Results from a recent survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and NPR, are analyzed by a renowned social scientist. He writes of how the survey of 3,453 African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, whites, and LGBTQ adults indicates that fear of discrimination affects decisions they make, with grave consequences on health.


Read more about the findings.

American Association for Men in Nursing Incoming Leader Speaks Up

Adriana Perez, PhD, RN, CRNP, writes on the Campaign blog about a new video statement from the president-elect of the American Association for Men in Nursing. Perez, adviser to the Campaign on ways to increase diversity in nursing, and Blake Smith, MSN, RN, both make the point: community health will improve as more men and members of ethnic minorities become nurses.

Read more and watch the video.

School Nurse, Nurse Leader: Andrea Tanner Answers Questions 

In a Q&A, Andrea Tanner, MSN, RN, NCSN, discusses the “small but mighty” group she’s part of–school nurses–and how her nursing life took a turn after a positive clinical experience she had with a school nurse. Tanner reflects on her career in one in a series of profiles of Campaign nurse leaders.

Read more.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

*New* RWJF Seeks Solutions for Social Isolation 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for ideas from around the world that address social isolation and promote healthy social connections. This call for proposals is open to organizations from all fields to surface solutions that can be adapted in the United States Informational webinar November 9 (registration required). Deadline: December 21 at 3 p.m. ET.

Read more.

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 the schools 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.

Putting Care at the Center 2017

National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. November 15-17, Los Angeles.

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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