New Partnership with Future of Nursing
Lisa Sieren, statewide coordinator for United Ways of Iowa, has been selected to serve on the Steering Committee of the Iowa Action Coalition in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. The purpose of the coalition is to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”
Why did the IOM focus on nursing? Because nurses are the largest segment of the health care workforce. There are more than 45,000 registered nurses in Iowa, compared to only 5,500 physicians. The IOM recognized that the nation cannot adequately address the challenges facing health care, such as a shortage of primary care providers, an aging and sicker population, high costs and fragmentation of care delivery, without also addressing the challenges facing the nursing profession.
On February 23, 2012, Iowa was selected as an official Action Coalition in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It includes 48 state-based Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care providers, consumer advocates and policy-makers as well as business, academic and philanthropic leaders. The work of the Iowa Action Coalition complements the work of the United Ways to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
The vision of the campaign is to create a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. The co-leaders of the Iowa Action Coalition are:
- Rita Frantz – dean & professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing
- Wendy Gray – program office director, Iowa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program and executive director of Free Clinics of Iowa
To get involved or to learn more about the Iowa Action Coalition, please contact Kathryn Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-7008. Information about the national campaign and the IOM Future of Nursing report is available at www.thefutureofnursing.org.