RWJF's Future of Nursing's Campaign for Action: A Content Analysis of Social Determinants of Health Activities

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The RWJF-sponsored 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (FoN), fostered creation of the Campaign for Action (Campaign) as a mechanism to monitor and enact the FoN report's recommendations. Influenced by RWJF's Culture of Health initiative, Campaign efforts refocused to include the social determinants of health (SDOH), with an additional action area entitled “Building Healthier Communities” (BHC). This study describes nursing activities in the BHC action area relative to the six initial FoN core action areas and assesses the extent to which nursing actions in the BHC action area align with public health conceptions of the SDOH. A content analysis was conducted of the RWJF's Campaign issue blog posts on 51 state Action Coalition websites from January 2011 to August 2018. Results demonstrate a decline in blog posts among the six FoN action areas over time compared to an increase in the BHC action area. BHC blog posts of nursing activities included predominantly stories and events, with few interventions. Although the Campaign's definition of the SDOH aligns with definitions from public health, posted actions do not. Re-evaluation of the Campaign' tagging process is needed so system-level conceptualizations can be integrated into the Campaign's next iteration for categorizing SDOH-driven interventions.

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Nursing Forum



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