AACN News Watch

October 19, 2016

Educating nurses and other providers about the social determinants of health generates awareness about the potential root causes of ill health and the importance of addressing them in order to more effectively meet the healthcare needs of underserved individuals, communities, and populations. The National Academies Press has just released the final copy of its book, A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health, which may be downloaded for free and is available to read online. The World Health Organization defines the social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” Read more >>

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) recently released its annual report titled Preparing Nurses for New Roles in Population Health Management. The report discusses the evolution of the healthcare system toward population health, and the steps needed for nursing education and practice to keep pace. The report makes a number of recommendations to Congress and the Secretary for Health and Human Services, including changes in policy, legislation, and research intended to strengthen nursing’s ability to lead. For more information, visit the NACNEP website.

AACN Updates

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The Social Pulse

Red Cross Seeking Volunteers in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

The American Red Cross needs health professionals to deploy in response to Hurricane Matthew. They are recruiting volunteers to support clients and responders with disaster related health and mental health needs. If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, please respond to these questions and share this information with your networks, colleagues, families, and friends.

Register Your Students for the 2017 Student Policy Summit While Seats Last!

Don't miss the 7th Annual AACN Student Policy Summit (March 19-21, 2017), a three-day conference held in Washington, DC that immerses students in program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing's role in professional advocacy. The summit is only open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Space is limited! Register your students today!

Policy Beat

This month’s edition of Policy Beat highlights AACN’s Virtual Advocacy Day on October 31, 2016. Help AACN understand the financial needs of graduate nursing students by completing the 2016 Graduate Nursing Student Debt Survey. Registration for the 2017 Student Policy Summit is now open to all baccalaureate and graduate nursing students at AACN member institutions. AACN tracks the final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. View the October issue of AACN Policy Beat.

Opportunities and Resources to Consider

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) will be accepting applications for the 2017 summer season from November 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017. SHPEP is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students from communities underrepresented in the health professions. SHPEP is supported through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now incorporates learning opportunities for students interested in careers across the health professions, including nursing.

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion announce the availability of small grants to develop problem-based case studies aimed at deepening health professions students' understanding of the significance of social determinants of health (SDOH) and how to incorporate information and insights about SDOH into their work. Application deadline is October 25.

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research is also accepting applications for the 2017 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. The program introduces health profession students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. This unique program provides mini-grant funds for students to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators focused project within a student's community or at their school. Application deadline is November 18.

The Interprofessional Education and Practice eBooks are now available on iTunes for free. These eBooks are designed to provide clinicians with information regarding the care for older adults in interprofessional teams. Funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the IPEP eBooks were built on the foundation of two programs: NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, and Teamwork and Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Team Training.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors has voted to provide NCSBN courses “Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing” and “Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder” free of charge for all nurses and nursing students. Both continuing education courses award contact hours upon successful completion.

Applications are now open for the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education. Hosted by the American College of Sports Medicine, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Bipartisan Policy Center, this award recognizes health professional training programs that are ahead of the curve in providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education to their students. Application deadline is November 11.

The Peace Corps' Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is seeking volunteers to serve in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda to help address critical shortages of health care professionals. GHSP is specifically seeking nurse faculty to build institutional capacity and help strengthen the quality of medical and nursing education.

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