PA Action Coalition to Hold Vital Conference on Transforming Health Care

Updated on February 27, 2014
Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AARP, is hosting a statewide meeting, Step Up and Step In: Your Role in the Future of Health Care on Thursday, April 3, 9:15 am – 5 pm, at the Pine Barn Inn, Danville.  The meeting will provide an opportunity for consumers and others to meet and talk with nurses, healthcare leaders and policy makers.

“The Pennsylvania Action Coalition is working to develop and implement long-term solutions to improve health in Pennsylvania,” stated Chair of the State Steering Committee for the PA Action Coalition Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Using the recommendations presented in The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action report, the Coalition is making certain that our families and communities receive the best possible healthcare.”

Speakers at this year’s event include

  • Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN Senior Advisor for Nursing Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
  • Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health System
  • Steven C. Larson, MD Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania

The keynote speaker, Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) senior advisor for nursing. Hassmiller was drawn to the Foundation’s “organizational advocacy for the less fortunate and underserved,” and has been “tasked with shaping and leading the Foundation’s strategies to create a higher quality of patient care in the United States.” Hassmiller is a member of the Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council, the CMS National Nurse Steering Committee and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has received numerous awards for achievement, community service and excellence. In 2009, she was honored with the Florence Nightingale Medal, the “highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.”

“It is important to note that change requires everyone to be present — consumers, business leaders, nurses, policy makers, healthcare administrators and more,” Rich added. “We are confident the Coalition, with the support of our State’s healthcare consumers, can successfully improve healthcare results in the Commonwealth.”

Cost for the one-day meeting will be $50 for professionals and $20 for students and includes lunch.

Registration for this event is now open at

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. The campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and includes more than 36 state Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers and the business, academic and philanthropic communities.

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