The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Launched to implement recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine in its 2010 report on the future of nursing, the Campaign has Action Coalitions working in every state and the District of Columbia to transform health and health care through nursing and build a healthier America.
In summer 2016, the Campaign brought nurse leaders from across the nation to Omaha, Nebraska, and Knoxville, Tennessee, to participate in training and conversations on ways to build a Culture of Health, RWJF's vision that puts well-being at the center of every aspect of life and allows individuals to thrive and communities to flourish.
This is a look at that work.
We focused on connecting a Culture of Health to the Campaign's ongoing work--improving access to care, fostering interprofessional collaboration, promoting nursing leadership, transforming nursing education, and increasing diversity in nursing.
Action Coalitions gave examples of Culture of Health work underway, which spurred discussion and more ideas.
A key message for all: Continue collaborating with their professional networks, but look beyond, too, to find new allies to help build healthier communities.
The Nevada Action Coalition, for example, is supporting the Vegas Roots Community Garden, which is in a low-income part of the city. The nurses joined forces with the city’s only urban farm to help expand the center that offers fresh produce in an area with few options for healthy food. The Action Coalition has rallied nursing students to help out and learn, and the community is better for it.