Arizona Action Coalition (Established March 2012)

  • The purpose of the Arizona Action Coalition is to guide implementation of the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report in Arizona.
  • The IOM report provides a blueprint for transforming the nursing profession to improve health care and meet needs of diverse populations.
  • The Arizona Action Coalition (AZAC) has been working with the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) to address challenges facing nursing. CCNA is a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and AARP.


Key messages from the Future of Nursing report:

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved educational system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  • Efficient workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.

Arizona Committee Groups established to help with the implementation of the IOM report:

  • Finance & Grants
  •  Leadership
  •  Practice
  •  Workforce
  •  Education
  •  Communication and Outreach


Brief Overview of Action Coalitions

  • Driving force of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaboration through AARP, AARP Foundation, CCNA and RWJF
  • Supporting a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities


Action Coalitions are built to:

  • Effect long-term sustainable change at the local, state and regional levels
  • Capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models
  • Implement recommendations from the IOM report


Please consider joining and helping the Arizona Action Coalition.

If you want to get involved, please contact the Arizona Action Coalition at or