The Innovations Fund

Phase: 2018

Nurses Leading the Transformation of the Practice Environment

Project Description:


The Colorado Action Coalition’s project sought to advance nursing leadership by supporting the expansion of a nurse-led health care team model to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the state. The project is called Nurses Leading the Transformation of the Practice Environment. The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence provided the matching funds for the Innovation grant.

Summary of completed project

The Colorado Action Coalition sought to advance nursing leadership by supporting expansion of a nurse-led health care team model to FQHCs in the state. They did this in collaboration with Clinica Family Health, a FQHC, which has a successful nurse-led team-based health care model. They hosted two summits, each lasting for two days, titled “Cultivating Nurses in Primary Care.” Those gathering were followed by three web-based learning sessions including sessions on change management, clinical protocols and screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). Each group was then offered three follow-up coaching sessions.


Workshop participants expressed an increased readiness to make changes in how their organization delivered care and two nursing schools enhanced their curriculum to include team-based care models. The “Cultivating Nurses in Primary Care Summits” will continue in 2020 and 2021.

A partnership of the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, three schools of nursing, Valley Wide Health Systems, and the Clinica Family Health were awarded a four-year, $699,890 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration  (HRSA) titled, “Achieving Systemic Impact: A Statewide Primary Care Nursing Collaborative.” One component of this HRSA grant is to fund the continuation of the “Cultivating Nurses in Primary Care Summit,” web-based learning sessions, and group coaching for two additional years. This will allow for the registration fees to remain minimal and increases the opportunity for participants from FQHCs and other nonprofits with limited resources to attend.