The Rogosin Institute Receives Grant to Address National/Regional Nursing Workforce Issues

Dreyfus Health Foundation of The Rogosin Institute collaborates with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation to advance nursing in U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions.

NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Rogosin Institute (Rogosin) has been chosen as one of eleven foundations nationwide to receive funding from Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN). The PIN program is a multi-year, multi-million dollar national investment in America's nursing workforce to prepare them with the skills to serve an older and more diverse population.

Led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Northwest Health Foundation, PIN supports the involvement and leadership of local foundations to advance the nursing profession in their communities. PIN funds local partnerships to create model projects that can be tested and, if successful, shared nationally. Now in its sixth year of funding, PIN leverages $14 million in grants by RWJF with more than $14 million in matching funding.

Rogosin, and its Dreyfus Health Foundation, is partnering with collegiate nursing programs in the six U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions (USAPI) to strengthen professional nursing capacity and address local public health needs. The project will tap the Dreyfus Health Foundation's "Problem Solving for Better Health®" framework, used in underserved communities in more than 30 countries, to develop feasible and innovative strategies to accelerate leadership development and enhance nursing education in the USAPI jurisdictions.

The 18-month PIN grant of $75,000 will be matched by local and regional funding.

Collegiate partners include the nursing programs of American Samoa Community College, University of Guam, Guam Community College, Northern Marianas College, College of the Marshall Islands, College of Micronesia-FSM and Palau Community College.  The Center for Population Studies at The University of Mississippi and the University of Hawaii-School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene will serve as evaluation partners for the initiative.

This grant builds upon the Dreyfus Health Foundation's previous PIN grant in rural Mississippi and the USAPI Pacific PIN of the Friends of the College of the Marshall Islands Foundation, which remains a contributing partner in this new grant.  Additional Pacific PIN partners include the World Health Organization, the American Pacific Nurse Leaders Council, the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association, the Micronesian Area Health Education Center, the University of Hawaii-School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, the Bank of Guam, Tripler Army Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, Region IX Office of the Regional Health Administrator.  

The goal of the PIN project in the Pacific is aligned with recommendations of The  Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which seeks to prepare the nursing workforce to meet the needs of America's health care system and to ensure an adequate supply of nurses to address population needs. Many jurisdictions face health problems such as high rates of obesity, diabetes, and infant mortality. Some jurisdictions contend with leprosy, multi-drug resistant TB, and frequent natural disasters.

This new funding creates 61 PIN projects in more than 37 states that collaborate with more than 500 partners.

"All health care is local, and nurses are the cornerstone of our health care system. We need community solutions that address the challenges facing a changing health care system and that utilize local and regional experience," said Judith Woodruff, J.D., director of workforce development at the Northwest Health Foundation and program director for PIN. "With this partnership, Rogosin and its Dreyfus Health Foundation will serve as catalysts in developing strategies that are needed to build a highly skilled nursing workforce in adequate numbers for the 21st century."

For more information about Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, visit www.partnersinnursing.org.

The Rogosin Institute

The Rogosin Institute is an independent not-for-profit treatment and research center providing care to patients for over five decades. The Dreyfus Health Foundation is a division of Rogosin. Its program "Problem Solving for Better Health®" facilitates the development of practical interventions to increase the effectiveness of health systems and improve the health of individuals and communities in more than 30 countries.  http://www.dhfglobal.org

Rogosin is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.  The Institute is a leading research and treatment center focused on treating kidney disease, including prevention, dialysis and transplantation, and disorders caused by cholesterol. A leader in clinical research, Rogosin is conducting studies on new and novel treatments for kidney disease, diabetes and cancer. http://www.rogosin.org

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For nearly 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

Founded in 1997, Northwest Health Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that seeks to advance, support, and promote the health of the people of Oregon and southwest Washington. We achieve our mission through a variety of means, including grant making, technical assistance and training, convening, commissioning research, and supporting policy advocacy. See www.nwhf.org.

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