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About AARP Public Policy Institute

The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) is the focal point of public policy research, analysis and development at AARP. Led by 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  affect older adults now and 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 consumer-driven, 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:

  • Office of the Senior Vice President
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Financial Security
  • Health Security
  • Family, Home and Community
  • Center to Champion Nursing in America
  • Digital Communications/Policy Outreach

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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.

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Office of the Senior Vice President

The Office of the Senior Vice President oversees the PPI teams and leads major initiatives in family caregiving, long-term services and supports, health care workforce, and promoting health equity. 

Financial Security

The Financial Security Team addresses policy related to Social Security, pensions, retirement savings, financial assets, consumer debt, employment, and tax-budget issues. It also analyzes marketplace practices and regulation affecting financial services and consumer protection.

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Family, Home and Community

The Family, Home, and Community Team focuses on expanding consumer access to long-term services and supports, improving home and community-based services, supporting family caregivers, and making communities more livable.

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Center to Champion Nursing in America

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was established in 2007 to ensure all Americans have a highly skilled nurse when and where they need one. CCNA runs a national campaign with the goal that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by nurses as essential partners in providing care and promoting health equity and well-being.

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Health Security

The Health Security Team works on policy related to Medicare and Medicaid, private health insurance coverage, cost and use of prescription drugs, healthy behaviors, racial and ethnic disparities in care, and approaches to improving care delivery and health care value.

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PPI Strategic Initiatives

The Office of Strategic Initiatives oversees and directs financial, operational and developmental initiatives to optimize PPI’s performance. It provides business counsel and guidance to enhance PPI’s impact including oversight and management of the editorial process.

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Digital Communications/Policy Outreach

The Digital Communications Team and Policy Outreach Director collaborate to amplify and position PPI as a leading force in the field of aging. They raise PPI experts’ impact, visibility and thought leadership by developing communications strategies to publish and disseminate their research and insights over multiple channels targeting key audiences.

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Email / Phone 202-434-3840

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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

AARP Public Policy Institute experts  blog about the issues they cover, from financial security and Medicare to livable communities and long-term services and supports. Read the latest.