The State Initiative




In Spring 2012, Alabama received recognition as a State Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing (FON): Campaign for Action. As of Fall 2012, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have Action Coalitions in various stages of development and implementation. This initiative was designed to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.


State Action Coalitions work with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The coalitions are comprised of nursing, other health care providers, business, consumers and other leaders across the country. The Alabama Health Action Coalition incorporates the Future of Nursing Campaign and broadens our scope to include the

Healthy People 2020 initiatives with the goal of enhancing health outcomes for all Alabamians.





Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC)


AL-HAC's Goal:


The goal of the Alabama Health Action Coalition is to improve the health status of all Alabamians by increasing access to cost-effective, high quality care through inter-professional and community collaboration.

AL-HAC's Objectives:


  1. Convene health summits to plan and develop strategic direction for Alabama

  2. Develop the Alabama Health Action Agenda (AHAA) based on the 2013 Health Summit

  3. Create an infrastructure that supports and sustains the AHAA, which will promote and strengthen collaboration and communication among all key stakeholders

  4. Establish a comprehensive health workforce data repository for all health care providers that will support health planning and policy development

  5. Accomplish the IOM/FON recommendations to:

    • Increase the proportion of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020

    • Double the doctorally prepared nursing workforce in Alabama by 2020

    • Enhance inter-professional collaboration and teamwork among all health care providers in order to reduce barriers to practice for all health care providers, including advanced practice nurses and physicians.


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The National Initiative

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action 


This is the national initiative to guide implementation of the recommendations in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.


The Campaign envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. It is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). 

What did the IOM's report on the future of nursing say, and why

is it important?


The Future of Nursing report identifies the nursing profession—whose more than three million members make it the largest health care profession—as central to efforts to remake the U.S. health care system so that all Americans have access to high-quality and cost-effective care. To help achieve this, the report concludes that:

How did the Campaign get started?


The Campaign for Action launched shortly after the release of the IOM report, which was the product of a two-year effort by the IOM and RWJF's Initiative on the Future of Nursing,

to address the challenges facing the nursing profession. At the center of this effort was an

18-member expert committee led by former Health and Human Services Secretary

Donna E. Shalala. The committee’s report provides a blueprint for transforming the nursing profession to improve the quality of health care and the way it is delivered. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action builds on recommendations in The Future of Nursing:

Leading Change, Advancing Health.

"I believe the future of nursing is the future of health and that future is now. This is the golden age of nursing."

-Donna Shalala

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.

  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

  • Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.

  • Effective workforce planning and policy-making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.

  • The report calls on the nation’s leaders and stakeholders to act on recommendations in these four key areas. Many nursing organizations have long been committed to strengthening their profession, and their past work provides much of the foundation for advancing the IOM recommendations

Find out more about the

Campaign for Action here.


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