Michigan Nursing Action Coalition Named an Innovation Fund Awardee
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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2018
Lansing, Mich. – The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), today announced that the Michigan Nursing Action Coalition is among nine of its state-based organizations that will receive up to a $25,000 Innovation Fund award to supports its work. The winners were selected based on their submissions of replicable plans to advance at least one recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the future of nursing while connecting their work to RWJF’s efforts to build a “Culture of Health,” where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.
In addition to the award in Michigan, the Campaign announced that Action Coalitions in Colorado, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and West Virginia are recipients of the awards.
“We are tremendously proud to be selected and look forward to building on our work to implement the IOM’s future of nursing recommendations, while helping to make Michigan healthier,” said Melanie Brim, President and CEO of MHC. “The work we are doing to transform nursing improves health care for everyone. We are grateful to AARP Foundation, AARP, and RWJF for this support.”
Brim said the Michigan Nursing Action Coalition will focus on supporting nurses through mentorship opportunities with this funding opportunity.
“This program is designed to spur progress by supporting Action Coalitions,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing and director of the Campaign for Action. “The Foundation is committed to providing states with the support they need to build a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce that will improve patient care and work towards building a Culture of Health. This initiative marks a continuing commitment by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to the Action Coalitions to keep working on these efforts.”
“We are pleased to help propel forward the important work of our Action Coalitions,” said Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute, and chief strategist at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and RWJF, which coordinates the Campaign for Action. “We expect this new funding will further progress toward our goal to transform health care through nursing so we can improve health for all.”
The goal for this two-year award is to assist in the creation of replicable strategies that sustain Action Coalition work while highlighting the importance of collaboration with diverse stakeholders.
About the Michigan Health Council
Michigan Health Council (MHC) is a co-lead of the Michigan Nursing Action Coalition, alongside Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MHC is a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a culture of health with health professionals at the heart of the delivery system. Their mission is to build health professional capacity by offering innovative products and services across six focus areas. Learn more at www.mhc.org.
About the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
The Michigan Action Coalition is part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and RWJF, working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The Campaign includes Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia and a wide range of health care professionals, consumer advocates, policy-makers, and the business, academic, and philanthropic communities. The Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and RWJF, serves as the coordinating entity for the Campaign. Learn more at www.campaignforaction.org. Follow the Campaign for Action on Twitter at @Campaign4Action and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CampaignForAction.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.