Campaign for Action Names 10 State Groups as Regional Action Coalitions to Ensure a Prepared and Effective Health Care Workforce

    • February 28, 2011

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative to ensure that the health care workforce can deliver high quality, patient-centered care to every American, today announced the selection of 10 Regional Action Coalitions. These long-term partnerships have been convened to move key health care workforce-related issues forward at the local, state and national levels.

The Campaign for Action (CFA) is focused on preparing health professionals to lead the change that will improve the health care system. It aims to maximize their contributions to collaborative, interdisciplinary teams across the spectrum. In collaboration with AARP, CFA is enlisting support across the health care spectrum and engaging prominent leaders and organizations from government, business, academia and philanthropy.

“The Campaign for Action must work at every level if we are to initiate and sustain the changes necessary to improve health care for all Americans,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., senior advisor for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Our new coalitions will help shoulder this effort. They are essential to fulfilling the campaign’s mission.”

The following states join the New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Mississippi and California Regional Action Coalitions, which initiated their activities last fall.

  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Florida

Regional Action Coalitions function as a component of the campaign’s field operations. Comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders from a variety of sectors, their mission is focused on fostering interprofessional collaboration, the ability of all health care professionals to practice to the full extent of their education and training, strengthened nurse education and training and the increased participation of nurses as leaders. Regional Action Coalitions will further CFA by capturing best practices, determining research needs, tracking lessons learned and identifying replicable models.

“The uniqueness of each applicant’s coalition and their proven capacity were key factors in our selection of these 10 geographically diverse groups from across the country,” said Susan Reinhard, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America. “They have already made great strides in their states, and their Regional Action Coalition applications reflected capable coalition leadership and clear goals and objectives coupled with strong action plans.”

Twenty applications were received in February for this round of Regional Action Coalition selections. CFA aims to ultimately engage groups in all 50 states. To help build and sustain momentum across the country, states that have not yet become Regional Action Coalition have access to campaign materials and communications for use in the change efforts they have initiated in their states.

According to Hassmiller, “we are glad to see such enthusiastic interest from the states in becoming Regional Action Coalitions, and look forward to reviewing additional applications and again expanding the Regional Action Coalition community this summer.”


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