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Susan C. Reinhard

Member, AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel

En español | Susan C. Reinhard is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the federal, state and international levels.

Reinhard also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, a national resource and technical assistance center. She is a nationally recognized expert in nursing and health policy, with extensive experience in translating research to promote policy change.

Throughout her career, she has been a champion for family caregivers and has incorporated their needs and issues in public policy development, in curriculum and nursing instruction at all levels, and in state administration of health and senior services.

Reinhard combines a deep understanding of health care policy with the practicality of a visiting nurse — one who has always counseled both the older adult and their family caregiver. Often quoted is her observation, “Family members are doing medical tasks that make nursing students tremble.”

Before coming to AARP, she served as a professor and codirector of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy as deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She cofounded the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, D.C., and served as its executive director of the Center for Medicare Education.

Reinhard holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey.

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