The Value of Nursing in Building a Culture of Health (Part 1)

This policy brief showcases nurses’ roles in recognizing and addressing the social determinants of health, and their present-day contributions to prevention and health-promotion.

Key Findings

  • Nurse innovators in the primary care arena are transforming communities by stepping outside the clinic to engage clients in healthy activities.
  • Nurses are reducing the use of emergency care by helping vulnerable individuals manage their chronic conditions, receive appropriate care for non-emergency health events, and connect with preventive and social services.
  • School nurses play a pivotal role in creating healthy school environments and bridging the gaps between education, health care, and public health.
  • Nurses sit at the helm of roughly one-third of local and county health departments, and some of them have risen to become leaders at the state and national levels.

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10 N.J. coalitions awarded $200K, 4-year grants to build ‘culture of health’

NJNI partner group, New Jersey Health Initiatives’s director Bob Atkins said the grant is aimed at building a “culture of health” from the ground up.

“What we’re really trying to do is bring different sectors together … around the same table and ask them to identify what are the most pressing problems in their community and give them the tools to work better together,” he said.

In an effort to fight obesity and promote healthy living, dozens of Trenton community groups have found strength in numbers by forming alliances and pooling resources. But now, the 40-plus groups will put their heads together to come up with long-term, sustainable solutions, thanks to a four-year, $200,000 grant from New Jersey Health Initiatives.

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New Jersey CNO supports coalition’s push for more nurses on boards

Advocating for the patient, improving healthcare and honing leadership skills are just some of the ways nurses benefit from serving on boards of directors, according to Mary Anne Marra, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and CNO at East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital.

Marra should know. She has served on three boards and supports the national Nurses on Boards Coalition’s effort to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. The coalition was founded in November by 21 nursing and healthcare organizations, including the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, with the aim of increasing the presence of nursing on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards.

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RWJF Research Roundup

Research Roundup

Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, (’11) led a study on the success of her CAPABLE program, which provides care and services to allow elders to age in their homes rather than hospitals or nursing homes. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Szanton is a Nurse Faculty Scholars alumna and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

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Call for Proposals for RWJF National Leadership Program Centers

Foundation Focus

Call for Proposals for RWJF National Leadership Program Centers

Herminia Palacio, RWJF Director

To create a ‪Culture of Health in America, we need innovative leaders who have skills to collaborate effectively together across disciplines, professions, sectors, and traditional boundaries. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is developing four new boundary-spanning leadership programs that reflect that vision: RWJF Diversity in Health Policy Research, RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, RWJF Multisector Leaders for Health, and RWJF New Clinical Scholars. We just released a Call for Proposals for National Leadership Program Centers—the organizations that will manage these four new programs. We are seeking potential applicants from a large variety of sectors and organization types to step up to the challenge.

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