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Dear RWJF ENF Colleagues:

"We are the ones we have been waiting for." When David Altman spoke those words at the 2014 ENF Alumni meeting, it struck a cord deeply within me. I have often thought about those words to fortify my intention to act in a meaningful way. It is this same spirit I see in the ENF Alumni Board members, elected by you, who are thinking critically to anticipate and create the future of the ENF Alumni entity as well as our alumni partners from other RWJF programs. In May, 2015 the Board requested a vote on the following proposal-which was carefully crafted after surveying many constituents, including NAC members, CCL, RWJF programs that are closing, and current RWJF principal staff. The RWJF ENF Alumni Association will "Develop a new organization (i.e., federation) of human capital program alumni, future RWJF Culture of Health graduates, national associations and other multi-sectorial partners. Leverage the power of a new network to provide the intellectual, financial and organizational structure toward advancing a culture of health." With 71 votes in favor and one opposing vote, you gave direction to execute this new venture while maintaining our current activities in the immediate future!

Next steps will be to recontact our closing programs to begin to co-create an alumni entity for RWJF Program Alumni groups, determine the form and function, continue dialogue and planning with RWJF, and secure a business plan and financing for the entity. We will apprise you of our progress and ask for your engagement along the way! "We are the ones we have been waiting for."

Your ENF Alumni board has been busy

  • We developed a 3 year fiscal budget.
  • We solicited and are placing volunteers on expanded committee structures to achieve our work.
  • We will welcome the new ENF graduates (2012 Cohort) at their event in Greensboro,NC in September and celebrate the conclusion of the NAC as well at the event.
  • SAVE THE DATE: February 21-through lunch on February 24, 2016- ENF Alumni Annual Program in Amelia Island, FL - your opportunity for professional and personal development, SEED Grant project posters, reconnections, new friendships, fun!
  • Intentional outreach efforts to add to our membership are being conducted.

RWJF ENF Alumni Thought Leaders Opportunities:

Can you engage as an expert in the Choosing Wisely® campaign?

In Fall 2014, the American Academy of Nursing (Academy),an organization dedicated to advancing health policy and practice,released a list of common healthcare practices that are not always necessary or in the best interest of patient health. The list occurred in conjunction with the Academy's participation in the Choosing Wisely® campaign,a ninitiative of the ABIM Foundation to stimulate conversations between healthcare professionals and patients about what care is genuinely necessary. The Academy's recommendations are supported by extensive health evidence and reviewed by Academy fellows who are among the nursing profession's most accomplished leaders. In concert with national and state medical societies, regional health collaboratives, and consumer organizations, Choosing Wisely ®identifies tests and procedures described as overused and inappropriate and therefore should be discussed with patients.

Several of our RWJF ENF Alumni are leading this effort in various ways. For example, Dr. Karen Cox (ENF 1999) co-chairs this effort on behalf of AAN.Texas has been selected by AAN to serve as the pilot state for launch of the Choosing Wisely® campaign. Texas participants in the project include the Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing - an action coalition in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, Texas Nurses Association (TNA), and the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency (IHCQE). Alexia Green (ENF 2001) and Joyce Batcheller (ENF 2005) are members of the core leadership team. In support of this important initiative by the ABIM Foundation and the Academy, as additional Choosing Wisely ® topics are chosen we will issue a call for experts among our Alumni to help in the review process or in implementation activities. For more information on this venture, or

State Action Coalitions and Nurses on Boards Project: Are you engaged and providing leadership in your state action coalitions and or in the Nurses on Boards national project? If have yet to engage in these efforts, please consider joining and leading in a meaningful way.

Thank you to all who are living the ENF leadership journey in your institutions and localities, in state, national and international organizations; mentoring the next generations of leaders; engaging in policy influence; mastering change; and, broadening your networks to engage in multisector initiatives for the improvement of health. Your work is inspirational to others!

"We are the ones we have been waiting for."

Ann H Cary PhD MPH RN FNAP, President, RWJF ENF Alumni 2015-2017