Two years before the Affordable Care Act, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health began as national initiative developed by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an entity of the American Association of Retired People (AARP), the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to enhance the culture of health care by supporting the eight recommendations from Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Report. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, adopted and aligned four messages from the IOM recommendations establishing the Campaign for Action. The Campaign for Action envisioned having 51 state Action Coalitions wide-ranging from of health care providers, consumer advocates, policymakers, and businesses, academic and philanthropic leaders to remake the U.S. health care system, so that all Americans have access to high-quality and cost effective care.
In 2011, The Rhode Island Action Coalition (RIAC) for the Future of Nursing was formed and composed of a diverse array of stakeholders, charged with transforming the health of Rhode Island citizens through nursing by implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. With new leadership overseeing RIAC since 2014, the need became extremely apparent to enhance the structural frame, create value, and develop sustainability measures to successfully implement the IOM recommendations over the next five years.