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Nurses Leading in Improving Health Equity

The AARP Center for Health Equity through NursingSM (the Center) was founded to align nurse leadership and consumer voices to end structural barriers to health and well-being. It serves as a vehicle for change, hosting specific programs and activities that align with AARP’s health equity priorities, including the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Leveraging national and state coalitions, the Center promotes scalable solutions for systems change that advance healthy equity nationwide.

About the Center to Champion Nursing in America

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Health Equity Innovation Awards

To help improve access to care and services for those most disproportionately impacted by disparities, the AARP Center for Health Equity through Nursing and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), awarded more than $700,000 to 16 projects offering promising solutions aimed at eliminating structural inequities, particularly structural racism, within the nursing profession, health systems, or community.



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Workforce Equity

As an evolution of the Campaign’s work and a priority for AARP, this project identifies and promotes nursing career ladder models and other mechanisms to give low-wage health care workers more influence over policies and practices that affect racial and health equity. It collaborates with educational institutions to create sustainable processes for mentoring generations of diverse nursing students and promotes policies and practices to diversify nurse leadership at all levels.

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Health Equity Toolkit

Tools, resources, and information that nurses, as well as state coalitions and their partners, can use to help communities tackle the social determinants of health; the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including social and economic factors have a great influence on people’s health.



More from AARP

AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard

AARP fought for public reporting of nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. Using this data, the AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio, created the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard.



State Coalition

Coalitions led by nurses and business partners drive change locally by working to transform health care through nursing and build healthier communities.

Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard

A project of AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation, the Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard provides data on five key dimensions of state LTSS system performance: affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of life and quality of care; support for family caregivers; and effective transitions.

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