The Academy is pleased to be a partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on its "Culture of Health" initiative that is reshaping its grants and workforce development programs. This work coincides with one of the Academy's three strategic goals: Lead efforts, in partnership with others, to address the broad range of factors that affect the health of populations.
Academy fellows are well-positioned to be leaders in building a culture of health in their communities, regions and the nation. Many are already doing so. We want to make sure that our fellows know about the myriad opportunities that are arising from RWJF's multi-year commitment to this work.
For example, the RWJF has announced a call for proposals for "Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health" and we hope that many nurses will submit competitive proposals. The grant program is managed by the Evidence for Action National Program Office, in the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco; and Academy fellow David Vlahov is one of the office's directors.
In addition, the RWJF has operated a Health Policy Fellows program since 1973 and has issued a call for applicants for 2016-2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for mid-career nurses. A number of Academy fellows have been RWJF Health Policy Fellows, including Barbara Damron and Deborah Trautman who were in recent cohorts and have spoken about the power and richness of this experience.
We will keep you apprised of these kinds of opportunities and encourage you to get direct email alerts from the RWJF on calls for proposals and other opportunities for leadership development as they arise. You can do so my going to http://www.rwjf.org/en/rss.html.
Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN