Simpson University Hosts Seminars on Future of Nursing and Shasta County Life Expectancy

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Two free seminars on the future of nursing and life expectancy in Shasta County will be held this fall at Simpson University in Redding. Both are open to the public but geared for those in the healthcare profession.

The evening sessions are part of a lectureship series put on by the Northern California Professional Nurse Network and sponsored by Simpson University's RN-to-BSN Adult Studies program. Shasta College will co-sponsor the Oct. 11 event, while St. Elizabeth Community Hospital co-sponsors the Nov. 1 session.

Both will be held in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, on Simpson's campus, 2211 College View Drive.

"Dying Too Soon: Low Life Expectancy in Shasta County" is the topic of the Oct. 11 session, scheduled for 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Led by Donnell Ewert, director of Health and Human Services, the event will focus on the main causes of death in Shasta County; how social determinants affect health; best predictors of the county death-rate pattern; and possible solutions.

Healthcare providers and educators, and those interested in the health of Shasta County residents are encouraged to attend. RSVP via email to

"Recommendation Highlights of the Institute of Medicine: Future of Nursing" is the topic of the Nov. 1 session, set for 6 to 8 p.m. with discussion time. Dr. Casey Shillam of UC Davis, executive committee member and communications director for the California Action Coalition Campaign, will lead the seminar.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released the results of a two-year study on "The Future of Nursing" with recommendations for advancing health through nursing. The California Action Coalition was appointed by the foundation's Initiative on the Future of Nursing to talk with healthcare stakeholders and develop a plan for implementing the report's recommendations.

Shillam's seminar invites area nurses, physicians, healthcare administrators, consumers and others interested in the nursing profession to learn about and participate in the recommendations to improve health and healthcare in California.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Oct. 25. Email or leave a message at (530) 524-9512.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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