Twenty-one state-based collaborations on Sept. 26 were named "Action Coalitions" by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), which is an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
"Adding this new wave of Action Coalitions represents a major step forward in the campaign's evolution. They have already made great strides in their states, and their applications reflected capable leadership, clear goals and strong action plans," said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA chief strategist.
Action Coalitions work with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the 2010 landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The announcement of the new cohort coincides with the first year since the release of the report and brings the total number of state-based collaborations to 36.
The states in which the 21 new collaborations were named include: AR, DE, GA, HI, KS, KY, MD, MA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, WV, WI and WY. Those states join 15 existing Action Coalition states already building teams and moving to action: CA, CO, FL, ID, IL, IN, LA, MI, MS, NJ, NY, NM, UT, VA and WA.
In the video below, Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing: The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, explains more about the goals of the initative.