Letter from the Executive Director
The last year has been a busy one: new grantees, new funding partners, new programs, new opportunities. With all our grantmaking efforts in synergy—from the Alumni Network to the Critical Conversation series, from our new Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation to our support for Mary Naylor’s Transitional Care Model—we are poised, as never before, to make a significant impact in the lives of patients and their families.
I’m especially excited about the recent selection of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan as the final two sites for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. This culmination of a highly competitive RFP process represents the capstone in the redesign of our longstanding education programs. We expect these institutions, along with the University of Pennsylvania, to be at the forefront of preparing a new generation of nurse innovators to lead change in health care.
With our education initiatives firmly on course, the next year will provide an opportunity to begin exploring a broader grantmaking agenda, one focused on encouraging the rapid development of promising research and ensuring that significant innovations reach the greatest number of patients. The Foundation is particularly interested in innovations targeting high-impact areas of need, such as management of chronic illness, reducing disparities in care, and care for a rapidly aging population.
As we prepare for this next phase in our development, we are humbled by the challenge of investing wisely in initiatives that will do the greatest good, and ever mindful of the real lives we hope to affect. We aim to change the world (in some small way), to have an impact disproportionate to our modest size. To do this will require guidance from and collaboration with our thoughtful friends and generous colleagues, whom I thank in advance for helping us to achieve our goals.
Twenty years ago my grandmother had a vision of making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers by building a better nurse workforce. Today we are expanding on her commitment to patient care by investing in nurse-led innovation as a powerful instrument of change capable of improving care for all.
We look forward to the exciting work ahead.