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September 15, 2015

President's Message: Opportunities for Advancing Health and Health Policy

Diana Mason

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 

Register for the 2015 Annual Policy Conference today!


Two weeks left to pre-register for the 2015 Annual Conference.

The American Academy of Nursing annual policy conference will identify ways nurses are transforming health and building a better care delivery system. This three day conference will showcase the extraordinary work nurses are undertaking to drive policy changes that meet the health needs of individuals and populations. 

Tweeting about the conference? Make sure to use #AAN15. 

It's Growth Awareness Week! 

Growth Awareness Week is this week, September 13-19, and is a national campaign designed to educate families and health care professionals about the importance of growth and children’s health.

Edge Runners, Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, and Karen Hench, MS, RN, have developed a training program to assure greater accuracy of linear growth measurement. Learn more. 

Terri Lipman will be leading a public webinar on September 16th at 1:00 PM ET, that will provide an overview of linear growth assessment, a review of normal growth, a summary of growth disorders, treatment of growth failure and psychosocial issues related to short stature. Register for the webinar. 

ICYMI: Academy Calls for Collective Action to Include Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health in EHRs

The Academy released a policy brief on Monday that endorses the capturing of social and behavioral determinants of health in the electronic health record (EHR) that was drafted by the expert panel on Informatics and Technology. The policy brief identifies several recommendations for health care industry leaders to foster standardization and promote interoperability.  

The policy brief is published in the September/October issue of the Academy’s journal, Nursing Outlook. 

The brief states the Academy’s support for recommendations put forth by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a 2014 report, “Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records (Phase 1 and Phase 2)and identifies several barriers to the implementation of IOM’s phase 2 recommendations.

Read the full press release.

Fellow Achievements:

Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, has received the Founders' Award from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This prestigious award is given only on occasion to an individual with ethics, integrity and sincerity that has demonstrated the highest regard for the ideals and beliefs upon which NCSBN was founded. Kathy Apple was the NCSBN CEO from 2001-2005 and is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Alumni. 

Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, APRN, FAAN will serve as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA), effectiveJanuary 1, 2016. Dr. Pearson brings years of experience as an editor and nursing leader to JAPNA, a bi-monthly peer-reviewed publication with an international circulation of nearly 13,000.

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