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NEWS | April 16, 2012

Nursing school dean tapped for national Future of Nursing Strategic Advisory Committee


Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was selected to serve on The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Strategic Advisory Committee to guide the national Campaign for Action, an initiative to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, person-centered health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Heather M. Young
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean Heather M. Young

Young joins 11 other nationally recognized leaders in business, health care, education, organized labor and consumer advocacy. The mission of the Strategic Advisory Committee is to guide the Campaign for Action and to help attract, engage and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders and policymakers who will support the integration of the recommendations into all components of society.

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action was established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP Center to Champion Nursing in America in 2010 to implement the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

The campaign seeks active participation from states, national organizations and individuals from health care, business, education, government and philanthropic sectors to ensure the IOM recommendations are translated into actions that result in improved person-centered care. Specifically, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the recommendations of the IOM report with an emphasis on:

  • Strengthening nurse education and training;
  • Enabling nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training;
  • Advancing interprofessional collaboration among health-care professionals to ensure coordinated and improved care;
  • Expanding leadership ranks to ensure nurses have a voice on management teams, in boardrooms and during policy debates; and
  •  Improving health-care workforce data collection to better assess and project workforce requirements.

Young was involved with the Campaign for Action activities since the IOM report announcement in October 2010. She was appointed by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation to the California Action Coalition Executive Committee to lead implementation efforts in this state. California was one of five initial pilot coalitions. Now, coalitions are established in 48 states.

As founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Young leads the launch of the school at UC Davis, development of a thriving graduate program and the recruitment of the founding team of faculty and staff. She also serves as member of the UC Davis Health System Executive Leadership Team.

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009, UC Davis' first major initiative to address society's most pressing health-care problems in its second century of service. The school was launched through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 645-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit