198425 Innovative grant partnership approaches to C/PHN education and practice

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:15 PM

Paula Lucey, MS RN , Project Director, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Greenfield, WI
As communities assess and recognize needs, multiple solutions may emerge. In Wisconsin, developing approaches to assure a strong and diverse community/public health nursing workforce resulted in the emergence of two funded grant programs.

“Raising the Bar”, is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Northwest Health Foundation Partners Investing in Nursing's Future project. The LEAP Project, “Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing,” is a HRSA( #D11HPO 7731) funded initiative.

The leadership of the two programs developed and implemented a collaboration model which delineates mutual grant objectives, avoids duplication of stakeholders and resources and demonstrates the synergy of the efforts to provide clarity for partners. Both grants focus on improvement in public health nursing (PHN) education and practice to sustain the workforce. Objectives are designed to address needs for enhancing competencies in population-based PHN practice among baccalaureate nursing students, nurses new to public health, practicing PHNs, and c/phn faculty. A key component of both projects has been to bring together academic and practice partners in regional meetings. This collaboration facilitates identification and adaptation of best practices in contemporary PHN and seeks consistency in competency development as defined by the Quad Council for Public Health Nursing and other national organizations. The structure creates open dialogue between academia and practice to improve education and service delivery. This presentation will provide an overview of model, and highlight some of the joint projects embarked upon by the grants.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the value of a collaborative approach in achieving the goals of community/public health nursing grant projects working in the same geographical area. Describe the methodology of creating a noncompetitive collaboration model. Describe the development and implementation of such a model. Identify at least two opportunities and challenges in balancing the goals of individual grants while creating the synergy of collaborative efforts.

Keywords: Partnerships, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This is my work
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.