Communities, just like ours, all across America are facing dramatic challenges in health and health care when it comes to quality and cost. In 2010 the Institute of Medicine wrote a report which challenged our nation’s nurses, 3.6 million strong, by providing recommendations in six categories:

– Improving access to care
– Fostering interprofessional collaboration
– Promoting nursing leadership
– Transforming nursing education
– Increasing diversity in nursing
– Collecting workforce data

One of the actions taken as a result of this report/recommendation is the formation of The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP. The Campaign for Action was created to improve America’s health through nursing. Through 51 Action Coalitions in every state and Washington, D.C., the Campaign works with policymakers, health care professionals, educators, and business leaders to respond to the country’s increasing demand for safe, high-quality and effective health care.

A follow-up report by the IOM in 2015 noted a number of achievements but urged greater action on all fronts. During the last week of June, Jan Harding, provider at the Spearville Medical Clinic, will be one of the representatives for the State of Kansas attending the Building on the Campaign for Action Pillars to Create a Healthier America.

Rural Health Care Challenges