Embracing a Culture of Health in Tennessee
The Tennessee Action Coalition and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action are eager to welcome Action Coalitions from across the country to Knoxville for an exciting two days devoted to nursing’s role in building a Culture of Health.
Our goal has long been to drive the change that is needed in improving health and health care in our state. We have two great co-leads in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing, and AARP-Tennessee.
As dean and professor of the College of Nursing and chair of our Action Coalition Board of Directors, I can tell you just one story about how nurses in our state have embraced of a Culture of Health. In 2012, University of Tennessee nursing professors began a three-year project that joined architecture and environmental engineering professors, law enforcement professionals, graduate students, and community partners in an effort to improve community wellness and disaster preparedness in Clay County. That area of Kentucky ranks near last on major health indicators. A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration allowed us to collaborate with professionals from all walks of life and train nurses to lead collaborative community health initiatives, with different sectors that normally do not work together, to build healthier communities. Outcomes from this multi-sectoral approach to building a culture of health includes a community with access to clean water for 9000+ residents, safer homes, increased health and safety awareness, and a comprehensive and coordinated approach to disaster readiness for a rural, underserved community.
The program played a vital role in creating a blueprint for how nurses can work with communities to contribute to improving health, in an era when that is of critical importance.
Come July 13, we will be able to hear from many others, too, on their experiences in creating a Culture of Health in this meeting titled “Building on the Campaign for Action to Create a Healthier America.” We hope to leave everyone with ideas and inspiration.
The following are our sponsors, and we are deeply appreciative of their involvement in this important meeting.
Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation
Baptist College of Health Sciences
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing
East Tennessee State University, College of Nursing
Tennessee Hospital Association
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Office of the Provost
East Tennessee Quality Growth
Tennessee Wesleyan College
University of Tennessee Chattanooga, College of Nursing
University of Tennessee Office of Research & Engagement
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Victoria Niederhauser DrPH, RN, PCPNP-BC, FAAN, was a 2008-2011 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, the chair of the Tennessee Action Coalition Board of Directors, and the dean and professor the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing.