Massachusetts Action Coalition Gets National Grant for Nursing

The Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC), which advances the role of nurses in addressing healthcare challenges, recently was named one of nine state-based groups to receive a $25,000 innovation fund from the national Campaign for Action.

Pat Crombie, MAAC project director, said, “We plan to use the funding to increase and strengthen nursing representation and leadership on local school wellness committees to influence school policies and programs addressing school nutrition, physical activity, and related health issues that impact student health as identified by the community.”

Campaign for Action is an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state groups were required to raise matching funds; MAAC recently established a partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM-NER) to focus on improving health literacy of school age children by training nurse facilitators to promote the library’s resources.