About Action Coalitions

Action Coalitions are the driving force of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Action Coalitions are built to effect long-term sustainable change at the local, state, and regional levels. Comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders from a variety of sectors, Action Coalitions will capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models. With technical assistance from the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) and RWJF, Action Coalitions are developing and implementing unique sets of regional goals and campaigns within the framework of the IOM recommendations. CCNA is an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Download the Action Coalition One Pager).

Action Coalition NetworkAction Coalitions are being launched throughout the U.S. Forty-eight Action Coalitions have been launched in all states except Oregon and Alaska. 

 Contact the Action Coalition leads in your states for information on getting involved.

If your region or state has not yet formed an Action Coalition, now is the time to continue robust conversations with nursing and other leaders about the opportunities to transform health care through nursing. We encourage you to:
Your involvement is critical to the success of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.


How are Action Coalitions supported and sustained?

Action Coalitions will have the benefit of resources available through technical assistance; however, no grant funding is available to the coalitions. Technical assistance is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through a grant to the AARP Foundation. Campaign for Action staff at AARP will provide technical assistance.  

In order to ensure Action Coalitions are sustainable for the long-term, technical assistance will be tailored to meet the specific needs of each RAC and can include, for example, access to:

  • grant writers;
  • sustainability planning/facilitation;
  • links to potential funders (including in-kind contributors); and
  • collaboration and coordination with existing RWJF nursing grant programs (e.g. Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future). 

How are Action Coalitions selected?

Action Coalitions are selected through an open, competitive application process. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of stated goals and objectives (including short-term and long-term goals);
  • Strength and length of nurse/non-nurse stakeholder partnerships;
  • Strength of existing skills, experience, assets, and current efforts (e.g. leadership ability, issue knowledge, relationships with key decision makers, fundraising capacity, etc) to be leveraged by potential co-leads and individuals associated with the Action Coalitions;
  • Existing infrastructure in the state or region (e.g. RWJF nursing programs, working coalitions, etc) on which to build. The infrastructure does not have to be complete, or fully formed, but should demonstrate solid developmental milestones.

Additionally, consideration will be given to the applicant Action Coalition's value to the national campaign strategy, perceived abilities to accomplish set objectives and act as a model for future coalitions. 

What is the mission of Action Coalitions?

Action Coalitions include a diverse group of stakeholders from a variety of sectors whose mission is to:

  1. Set clearly defined goals (aligned with IOM recommendations);
  2. Form and mobilize key stakeholders representing a variety of sectors to build a blueprint for action;
  3. Educate policymakers and other decision-makers;
  4. Reach out to philanthropies/funders to seek financial support for Action Coalitions efforts;
  5. Gain visibility through the media and other outlets; and
  6. Work to advance key recommendations.