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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:
A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers
Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute and Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America and Family Caregiving Initiatives
Julia Alexis, BSFS
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Gary Koenig, MA
Vice President, Financial Security
Lina Walker, PhD
Vice President, Health Security
Rodney Harrell, PhD
Vice President, Family, Home and Community
Kim Sedmak, MA
Director, Policy Outreach
Mary Boyle, MS
Director, Digital Strategies
Director, CCNA Communications
Jennifer Peed, MSW
Director, CCNA Office of Center Integration
Leigh Purvis, MPA
Senior Director, Health Services
Winifred Quinn, PhD, FAANP(H), FAAN(H)
Director, CCNA Advocacy and Consumer Affairs
Lori A. Trawinski, PhD.,CFP®
Director, Finance and Employment
Rita Choula, MA
Carrie Blakeway Amero, MPA
Director, Long-Term Services and Supports
Sari Siegel, PhD
Director, State and Federal Health Programs
Joel Eskovitz, JD
Director, Social Security and Savings
Shannon Guzman, MA, MCP
Director, Housing and Livable Communities
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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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.
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 aff ecting financial services and consumer protection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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