Campaign for Action Update: March 6, 2018

Louisiana Co-Leader Named to State Board of Nursing

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing has for the first time sought a consumer for its ranks, and it found the right candidate in Denise Bottcher, director of AARP’s Louisiana office and a co-leader of the Louisiana Action Coalition. Her board term ends Dec. 31, 2021. Congratulations, Denise!

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Strategic Communications Training Winners Announced

Ten Campaign allies have earned spots in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2018 Strategic Communication Training program. The awardees, allied with the Action Coalitions in their states, are Jessica Hardy and Alethea Hill of Alabama, Patricia  Crombie and Gloria Carter of Massachusetts, Dorene Hersh and Katie Eilers of Washington, Angie Gray and Aila Accad of West Virginia, and Campaign Diversity Steering Committee co-chairs Deborah Washington and Carmen Alvarez. Spitfire Strategies provides the training. Congratulations!

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Nurse Helped Turn New Orleans Smoke-Free

Charlotte Parent, RN, MHCM, and member of the Campaign’s Strategic Advisory Committee, was an integral part of improving the indoor air quality in New Orleans in 2015 when she was director of the city’s health department. Parent discusses how nurses can support similar healthy changes in their communities.

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New Global Nursing Campaign Gets a Royal Launch

Nursing Now, a three-year initiative run by nurses and non-nurses in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization, launched in multiple cities February 27. The star power was in London, where Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge—the former Kate Middleton—praised the effort that seeks to improve health globally by elevating the nursing profession.

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Pope Praises Nurses in Speech to Nurses Group

Nurses are “experts in humanity,” said one who should know: Those were words Pope Francis uttered to nurses in Vatican City when he addressed the Federation of Professional Nursing Colleges, Health Assistants, and Child Wardens.

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In Memoriam: Betty Severyn, Former AARP Board Chair

Betty Severyn, who began volunteering with AARP in Tennessee and went on to serve a six-year term as president of the national organization, died February 15 at age 93. Severyn, a registered nurse and a medical center administrator, informed AARP’s work on health care reform,long-term care policy and AARP-branded group health insurance policies.

Read the obituary.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

HRSA Announces 2018 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration’s loan repayment program, which helps nurses pay off unpaid education debt, is accepting applications. Repayment goes to those at nonprofit health facilities in areas with shortages of primary care or mental health professionals, or eligible schools of nursing. Informational webinar: March 1. Deadline: March 8.


Leadership for Better Health: Step Up for One of Three Programs

What kind of leader are you? To find out, apply for one of three Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership programs: Clinical Scholars, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders programs are designed to extend the impact of leaders building a Culture of Health. Deadline:March 14.


RWJF Diversity Program to Fund 10 Scholars

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, named after the first African American to chair a department at Harvard, is open to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported program accepts applications from those in the medical, nursing, and dentistry field. Deadline: March 15 by 3 p.m. ET.

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Action Coalitions Invited to Apply for Innovations Fund

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action will provide $25,000 to each of 10 Action Coalitions committed to advancing at least one recommendation from the Future of Nursing report while connecting the work to RWJF’s Culture of Health framework. The goal of the Innovations Fund: to spur replicable strategies that sustain Action Coalition work.  Informational webinar: February 23. Deadline: April 6, at 10 p.m. ET.

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Meetings and Webinars

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

County Health and Diversity Measures: Are You Moving the Needle?
Center to Champion Nursing in America. March 20, 1-2 p.m. ET. (webinar)
Culture of Health and Nursing Education Learning Collaborative
Center to Champion Nursing in America. March 21, 2:30–3:30 p.m. ET. Save to calendar. (teleconference)
2018 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards
Florida Blue Foundation. May 3-4, Kissimmee, Fla.
2018 Maryland Action Coalition Retreat & Leadership Summit
Maryland Action Coalition. May 21, Baltimore.
Missouri’s Eight Annual Summit
Missouri Center for Nursing and the Missouri Action Coalition. May 31-June 1. Columbia, Mo.
Creating a Vision for Indigenous Nursing
National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association. June 8-9, St. Catherine University, St Paul, Minn.
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