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Nursing Network Call - Neighborhood Health Coach Model
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When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM ET

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The Nursing Network call series takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Facilitated by Carol Geary, it features conversations to explore the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and other topics. All are welcome.

Nursing Network Call
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 1-2pm ET
Neighborhood Health Coach Model
Guest: Sheila Ryan, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

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Neighborhood Health Coach Model (pptx)

A system aimed at prevention will improve the health of Americans, reduce health care costs and improve quality of care. Population health is a major aim of current health care reform. By concentrating on the precipitating factors of chronic disease, the Affordable Care Act helps move the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention. Chronic diseases are the most prevalent and costly of illnesses; these chronic conditions include hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and depression. Poorly managed chronic conditions account for seven out of ten deaths of Americans each year and 80% of all current hospitalizations. The Neighborhood Health Coach Model, designed to reduce and reverse lifestyle risk behaviors, is focused on people and their health, not disease, and on action and change more than knowledge. Neighborhood-based health coaches visit, educate, and monitor individuals, families and groups to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors. Neighborhood activities and group approaches are more effective because of trusted relationships of the coaches who are chosen from their neighborhood.

Sheila Ryan is Professor, Charlotte Peck Leinemann and Distinguished Alumni Endowed Chair, and Director of International Programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Expertise focuses on health reform and redesigning systems for patient centeredness, helping faculty and students expand global opportunities with internet-based education, quality improvement in health care, innovative ‘health’ delivery models and global health partnerships. International nursing partner projects are or have been with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, Al-Zaytoonah Private University in Amman, Jordan, and with schools of nursing in Yerevan, Armenia and the Central Asian Republics (CAR), and Afghanistan.

Dr. Ryan is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has served on many programs and committees for the past two decades. She has been a nursing dean for 22 years at two universities. Her board service includes or has included AIHA (American International Healthcare Alliance), IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvements), IBHI (Institute for Behavior Healthcare Improvement, and several hospitals.

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