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AARP and the American Academy of Nursing Announce First-ever Joint Fellowship in Health Policy

Washington, DC—University of Louisville School of Nursing professor Karen M. Robinson, DNS, APRN, BC, FAAN has been named as the first recipient of the newly created AARP/American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Joint Fellowship program.

The AARP/AAN Joint Fellowship program provides a yearlong leadership opportunity in health policy at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Supported by both the AAN and AARP, the program is designed to prepare nurse leaders to play a more prominent role in health policy development at the national level.

“Dr. Robinson is a gifted teacher, an avid researcher and a nurse scholar committed to advancing the science of gerontological nursing,” said Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton, President of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Susan Reinhard, director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute, praised Dr. Robinson’s long-standing interest in social policy and its effect on older adults. “Dr. Robinson’s active membership in numerous community organizations and services related to family caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease, together with her academic accomplishments and research interests made her the obvious choice.”

The Fellowship program will give Dr. Robinson an opportunity to conduct research and investigate issues related to aging that have important policy implications for AARP and AAN. Other major goals of the program include:

- Creating a natural linkage between the two organizations and identifying other connection points that can be leveraged for achieving mutual goals;
- Expanding AARP’s visibility to nurses, consumers, patients, and families; and
- Enhancing AAN’s active participation in health care reform.

The American Academy of Nursing anticipates and tracks national and international trends in health care, while addressing resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The Academy's mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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