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ICYMI: Luminis Health Research Institute and Meritus Health awarded Health Equity Innovations Fund

In case you missed it: In January 2023, the AARP Center for Health Equity through Nursing and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded more than $700,000 to projects across the nation. These projects were ones offering promising solutions aimed at:

eliminating structural inequities, particularly structural racism, within the nursing profession, health systems, or community, and for projects that help improve access to care and services for those most disproportionately impacted by health disparities. - Campaign for Action Press Release

2 of the 16 award recipients are based here in the state of Maryland: Meritus Health and Luminis Health Research Institute. Learn more about their initiatives below:

Luminis Health Research Institute

Expanding the Enhanced Preoperative Education Pathway (EPrEP), an evidence-based intervention in which nurse navigators provide preoperative education to patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty. EPrEP will be expanded to hospitals serving majority African American patients.


  • Paul J. King, MD

  • Justin J. Turcotte, PhD, MBA

  • Barry Meisenberg, MD

Meritus Health Establishing a summer camp program to increase the number of junior and senior high school students who are interested in nursing and encouraging students to participate in the health care apprenticeship program through Washington County Public Schools. This program is designed for students from communities underrepresented in the nursing profession.


  • Sarah Harne-Britner, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC

  • Melissa McHugh Short, MBA, MN, RN

Maryland organizations and institutions continue to lead the way innovating the nursing profession and the level of care nurses can provide their communities!

This is the first year this award has been offered, administered by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) at the AARP Center for Health Equity through nursing.

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