Center to Champion Nursing in America

Experts - Public Policy Institute


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


Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America


Areas of Expertise: Aging; family caregiving research, policy, program development, practice, research and policy analysis, Medicare, Medicaid, Health care policy, quality, delivery system reform, system regulation, payment, managed care, culture of health/well-being, nursing research, education, regulation, workforce development, long term services and supports research, financing, technical assistance, measurement/scorecard, age friendly communities, livable communities, grantsmanship, strategic planning, public speaking, translating research into policy and practice.


Mary Boyle, MS, Director of Communications


Areas of Expertise: Message strategy and development, public and media relations, crisis communications, issue advocacy, social media, fundraising, and journalism.


Jennifer A. Peed, MSW, Director, Office of Center Integration; Deputy Director, RWJF, State Implementation Program

Areas of Expertise: Health care program analysis and administration.


Patricia Polansky, RN, MS, Director, Program Development and Implementation


Areas of Expertise: Health care administration, executive leadership, interprofessional collaboration (health), primary care, home and community health care, aging issues and long-term care, and nursing education.


Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs


Areas of Expertise: Stakeholder engagement and networking, coalition organizing, advocacy, state scope of practice policies, nursing workforce funding, and nursing workforce and diversity.


Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor


Areas of Expertise: Primary care, retail health, home health care, nursing research, education, regulation, workforce, policy analysis, advanced practice registered nurses, scope of practice.


Meredith Courville, MPS, Communications Advisor


Areas of Expertise: Communications, public relations, strategic communications planning, writing, editing, and social media.      


Jamie A. Gold, Senior Writer and Editor


Areas of Expertise: Writing, editing, and media.


Aidan McCallion, MS, Digital Communications Project Analyst


Areas of Expertise: Message strategy and development, public and media relations, social media, and web design.


Lynn Mertz, PhD, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor


Areas of Expertise: Higher education program design and management, strategic planning, and fund development.



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Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard blogs about recent reports and topics such as caregiving and nursing. Read


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