Conducted local outreach in support of the Frontline film Sick Around the World, which explores how other industrialized countries deliver health care and what the United States might learn from their experience. A follow-up film, Sick Around America, focuses on the 225 million Americans under 65 not covered by Medicaid or Medicare who seek access to health care via the private insurance market. Learn more.
Provided scholarships to health professions students at Regis University's Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions and the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center.
Provided technical assistance to nurse education programs statewide to incorporate six quality and safety competencies, including patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety and informatics (i.e., using information and technology to share knowledge, mitigate errors and support decision making). Based on key findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national pilot to implement quality and safety education in nurse curricula. (Visit QSEN online)
Supported the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence to conduct a study to identify effective models and systems that involve direct care nurses in decisions related to patient care and nurse work environments.
Backed efforts by the Colorado Rural Health Center to administer the Colorado Rural Outreach Program, to help offset the educational loan debts of approximately 20 health professionals annually in exchange for their commitment to practice in a rural area.