June 30, 2010
Raise the Voice Event Addresses Diverse Innovations and Diffusion
Washington, DC (June 30, 2010) – The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and its Raise the Voice campaign brought together distinguished health care providers and other prominent stakeholders for a dynamic and informative discussion – Solutions to Scale: Proven Health Care Models for Primetime – on Wednesday at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center.
The event, moderated by National Public Radio’s Scott Hensley, examined how various innovations could be applied during the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in March. The forum also apportioned time for experts responsible for the execution of health reform to react by detailing their own institutions’ priorities and challenges regarding implementation and how the innovations might be considered.
“Passing health care reform legislation is only the first step in transforming a failing health care system into one that is patient- and family-centered, ensures timely access to care people need, improves health outcomes, and reduces costs,” said AAN Board Raise the Voice Co-Chair Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Nurses have developed innovative solutions to accomplish these goals, but we need to find ways to support, sustain, and spread their great work.”
Ken Thorpe, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, provided opening and closing remarks about the status of implementation to date, and former Pennsylvania Congressman Robert Borski delivered remarks on behalf of Raise the Voice Advisory Council Chair Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell. A diverse group of speakers highlighted two panels, each addressing different aspects of health reform implementation, and contributing to a vibrant and thoughtful discussion.
Raise the Voice is the Academy’s platform to identify and promote nurse-led or –designed models of health care that have demonstrated clinical and financial outcomes. A collaboration of Academy Fellows, partner organizations and consumer groups, the campaign has been a vehicle to inform policymakers, media, and health providers of nursing’s proven solutions.
Raise the Voice is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information about the Raise the Voice campaign click here.
The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) anticipates and tracks national and international trends in health care, while addressing resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The Academy’s mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.