NEWS | July 25, 2011

Nurses, AARP host health-care discussion


Area residents are invited to attend a free town-hall meeting Aug. 4—Partner with Nurses for a Healthy California—to discuss methods to improve health care in California. The two-hour discussion, sponsored by the Future for Nursing Campaign for Action, AARP and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, includes a free lunch as well as an opportunity to meet and talk with nurses, health-care leaders and policy makers.

The event is part of the groups’ efforts to develop and implement long-term sustainable actions for nurses to improve health in California. The movement is a result of the Future of Nursing report the Institute of Medicine released in October. A blueprint to optimize the contribution of nursing to the health of the nation’s population, the report includes eight recommendations that address a range of system changes. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, appointed the California Action Coalition as one of five states selected to lead implementation of these recommendations. The coalitions are the driving force of the overall initiative to move key issues forward at local, state and national levels.

The two-hour town-hall meeting Aug. 4 includes lunch, a presentation by nurses who promote health in communities and a panel discussion with a variety of the state’s health-care leaders to identify priorities to improve California’s health.

Panelists include Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Jeannine English, a member of the AARP National Board of Directors; Terry Hill, a physician who specializes in long-term care; Helen Thomson, a registered nurse and former state assemblywoman and Yolo County supervisor; and Anita Creamer, a reporter with the Sacramento Bee who covers older adults and aging issues.

The event begins with registration and lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m. followed by the town-hall meeting from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium at 4501 X St. Registration by July 28 is required to participate. Register online at or call (916) 734-2145.