Edge Runners


Transforming America’s Health System Through Nursing Solutions

The American Academy of Nursing's (Academy) Edge Runners initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that reduce cost, improve health care quality, advance health equity, and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runners program, the Academy recognizes new and innovative ideas that transform health and underscore the leadership, ingenuity, and determination of nurses. Edge Runner models demonstrate significant clinical, financial, community, and policy outcomes that are sustained and replicated.  

The Academy’s Edge Runner’s program disseminates nurse-driven innovation to reduce inequities, improve health, and impact policy through replication and scalability. The program convenes dialogues to generate creative and collaborative solutions to complex challenges in health and health care.

2023 Selected Models

In 2023, the American Academy of Nursing (Academy) selected four innovative models of care to be named Academy Edge Runners, including:

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Applications support the innovative work of nurses and demonstrate the holistic and integrated philosophy underlying nursing care. 

Application Process

Edge Runner Spotlight

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Families Talking Together

Traditionally, interventions designed to improve adolescent sexual reproductive health outcomes have focused directly on adolescents through school-based curricula, social media campaigns, and community-based programs. Despite evidence supporting the importance of parental influences on adolescent decision-making, interventions that incorporate the family in preventing adolescent risk behavior are scarce. Families Talking Together (FTT) is unique in this regard, as it focuses on parents as the primary influence in the prevention of adolescent sexual risk behavior, unplanned pregnancies, and STIs. Learn more.