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
Pat Polansky is codirector of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pat directs education, leadership, and communications and outreach strategies for the Future of Nursing:
Campaign for Action, an effort to transform health care through nursing.
Pat served as assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she oversaw programs that increase access to services for the state’s 1.5 million older adults, improve their well-being, and allow them to live independently in their communities. She oversaw 12 federal grants and led New Jersey’s efforts toward long-term care reform.
Before joining DACS, Pat was executive director of the New Jersey Board of Nursing, was cofounder of a health care consulting firm, and worked in hospital executive management roles for more than 20 years. She also held nursing positions at both the staff and supervisory levels and is a registered nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Pat is the recipient of the Governor’s Nursing Merit Award and the outstanding alumna designation from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Nursing, among other honors.
Pat served as president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities and was an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Rutgers University. She holds a master’s degree in community health from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree from the University