Clayton State University Dean of the College of Health, Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, today submitted an application for a statewide coalition of healthcare agencies and educational institutions -- RWJ/AARP Team Georgia -- to become a Regional Action Coalition (RAC).
RACs are a key component of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s field operations. Led by nursing and non-nursing leaders, RACs include a diverse group of stakeholders from a variety of sectors whose mission is to work together to transform the future of nursing at the state and local levels by implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report and to build upon nurse-based approaches to improving quality and transforming the way Americans receive health care. The Campaign for Action is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation and AARP.
RACs are being launched throughout the U.S. in phases, beginning with five pilot RACs that formed in October 2010. The five pilot RACs were launched in California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York. These RACs are already building teams and moving to action. In January 2011, the Campaign released a call for Wave II applications, inviting leaders in states and regions across the country to apply to become RACs. This second phase will expand RACs to eight to 10 additional states/regions by the end of this month. Wave III expansion is slated to begin in September 2011 and will ultimately engage all 50 states.
According to Eichelberger, through the Campaign for Action the statewide coalition that she chairs hopes to advance the nursing profession through partnerships with numerous health care groups and health care professionals and by inspiring others to join the effort.
The lead organizations for RWJ/AARP Team Georgia would be the Georgia Nurses Association and Georgia Hospital Association, with multiple partners such as Kaiser Permanente, Georgia Department of Labor, Emory University, Technical College System of Georgia, University System of Georgia Workforce Planning Center, and the Georgia Healthcare Foundation.
For further information on the Campaign for Action, go to http://thefutureofnursing.org/.