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About PPI

AARP Public Policy Institute


About the AARP Public Policy Institute


The Public Policy Institute (PPI) is the focal point of public policy research, analysis and development at AARP. Led by AARP Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard, PPI's staff works to design policies that have a significant impact on improving economic security, health care and quality of life.


Founded in 1985, PPI publishes staff research and analysis regularly throughout the year. Publications from 1998 to the present can be found on this site.


PPI also frequently convenes leading policy experts for discussion of key national and state policy issues. In addition, staff members provide critical research and analytical support for AARP advocacy efforts and campaigns at the state and federal level.



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PPI experts focus on a wide range of issues of concern to older Americans, from Social Security and Medicare to health reform, livable communities, consumer protection, long-term care, caregiving, financial security and more.


Policy Teams


Financial Security


Financial Security analyzes and develops policies related to the economy and its impact on financial security, particularly security in retirement. Key research topics include Social Security, pensions, individual saving and management of  retirement assets, financial security for low income older Americans, tax policy and workplace flexibility, training and age discrimination. The team also focuses on marketplace practices and regulatory developments that affect financial services and consumer protection for older Americans.



Health Team


The Health Team conducts research and policy analysis, and brings together thought leaders to develop and advance AARP’s public policy agenda on health care. The team examines critical public policy issues that affect access to health care services, quality and safety, cost of care, and public health. Our goal is to foster sound and creative solutions that meet the health care challenges of an aging society, and to inform state and national policymakers, opinion leaders, researchers, program planners and administrators.



Independent Living / Long-Term Care Team


The Independent Living/Long-Term Care Team focuses on expanding consumer access and choice to an array of affordable long-term care options, with an emphasis on improving home and community-based services, supporting family caregivers, and making communities more livable.




PPI Strategic Initiatives

The Strategic Initiatives group directs PPI outreach efforts and works with external partners and foundations on a range of projects designed to improve care and services available to older Americans. Learn more.



Center to Champion Nursing in America


PPI is home to the Center to Champion Nursing in America — a joint initiative of AARP, AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The center coordinates the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative to transform health care through nursing.



Contact Us


Email / Phone 202-434-3840


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