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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 develops creative policy solutions to address our common need for financial security, health care, and quality of life. Founded in 1985, PPI publishes policy analyses and provides updates on a range of topics, including current AARP priorities and emerging issues that will affect older adults in the future.
Additionally, PPI informs and inspires public debate on the issues we face as we age, frequently convening leading policy experts and other “think tanks” for discussion of key national and state policy matters. In addition, PPI provides critical analytical support for AARP advocacy efforts and campaigns.
PPI is also home to the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center, a consumerdriven, national force for change, works to increase the nation’s capacity to educate and retain nurses who are prepared and empowered to positively impact health care access, quality, and costs.
PPI includes the following groups:
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Susan C. Reinhard, RN, PhD
Sr. Vice President for Public Policy Director,AARP Public Policy Institute Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Julia Alexis, BSFS
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Gary Koenig, MA
Vice President, Economic and Consumer Security
Lina Walker, PhD
Vice President, Health Security
Jean Accius, PhD
Vice President, LTSS/Livable Communities
Kim Sedmak, MA
Director, Policy Outreach
Mary Boyle, MS
Director, CCNA Communications
Jennifer Peed, MSW
Director, CCNA Office of Center Integration and, Deputy Director, State Implementation Program
Pat Polansky, RN, MS
Director, Program Development and Implementation
Leigh Purvis, MPA
Director, Health Services Research
Winifred Quinn, MA, PhD
Director, CCNA Advocacy and Consumer Affairs
Lori A. Trawinski, Ph.D., CFP®
Director, Banking and Finance
Rodney Harrell, PhD
Director, Livable Communities
Director, Caregiving Projects
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.
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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.
The Health Security 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.
The Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports focuseson 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.
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.
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.
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Susan Reinhard is senior vice president and director of AARP Public Policy Institute. Read her latest blogs on family caregiving, healthy living, nursing and more. Read Susan's Blogs
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