Building Bridges: The Journey of Alabama's Health Action Coalition.

Academic Article


  • AIM: The Alabama Health Action Coalition is a state coalition whose purpose is to enable access to high-quality, safe, and patient-centered health care for all Alabamians by leading change in nursing and health care. BACKGROUND: The Alabama Health Action Coalition has four focus areas: advancing nursing education, improving nursing workforce data, promoting diversity among nursing and health care professionals, and fostering a culture of health. METHOD: From 2012 to 2014, the Advancing Education Taskforce and Health Workforce Committee initiated processes to maximize resources, track changes in workforce data, and provide support for goal achievement. RESULTS: Outcomes included an increase in the number of nurses with a BSN and higher degrees from 35 percent to 50 percent, nearing national averages. CONCLUSION: Tracking of trends continues with 2016 data. This growth is particularly important in a state with a large, underserved population and high percentage of rural areas.
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  • Alabama, Delivery of Health Care, Education, Nursing, Humans
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    Author List

  • Ratcliffe CJ; Cheshire MH; Buckner EB; Dawson MA; Berry SR; McDaniel GS; Ladner KA
  • Start Page

  • 259
  • End Page

  • 263
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 5