Building a Culture of Health


A Letter from President Susan Groenwald

Nurses have the privilege of caring for people at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Through skill, compassion and leadership, nurses have the opportunity to make a real difference in the health and well-being of patients, their families and the community at large.

Nursing practice at its core encompasses the delivery of care in defined roles ranging from direct care to the provision of education, administration, systems and resources that promote health. The full spectrum of knowledge needed to practice nursing requires the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and passion components of discovery, learning and application.

Our role as nursing educators is to ensure that we are preparing nurses who will not only be successful but will also help transform healthcare in the future – in the complex, increasingly dynamic and ever-changing healthcare landscape. This is critical to our mission, which is why Chamberlain, through our culture of care – Chamberlain Care® – is so deeply focused on preparing extraordinary nurses who will transform healthcare.

Chamberlain believes in the power of extraordinary nurses to transform healthcare and supports the industry call to action in building a culture of health, in which good health and well-being span across geographic, demographic and social lines. We customize the learning experience to teach cultural humility in order to care for an increasingly diverse patient population in a person-centered way. We are consciously moving towards health and wellness through healthcare education and prevention and embracing cultural humility.

All of us at Chamberlain are passionately dedicated to our mission of educating, empowering and emboldening diverse extraordinary nursing professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. We all have different roles, but together we are making a real difference in transforming healthcare.

I hope you enjoy this latest issue of our magazine, and find the stories of progress towards building a culture of health as inspiring as I do. We’d love to hear what you think – send your feedback or ideas for future topics to

Warmest regards,

Susan L. Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
President, Chamberlain College of Nursing

What is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Initiative?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the RAND Corporation, developed the Culture of Health Action Framework, an action plan to improve our nation’s health by addressing the social, economic, physical and environmental factors that contribute to the well-being of individuals, families and communities.


Visit to view a presentation by Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and senior advisor for nursing with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and learn more about the important role that nurses can play in building a Culture of Health.

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