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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.

AARP Public Policy Institute Teams

Financial Security

Financial Security staff members address policy related to Social Security, pensions, retirement savings, age-friendly banking, reverse mortgages, financial assets, consumer debt, employment and tax-budget issues. Staff members also analyze marketplace practices and regulation affecting financial services, consumer protection and privacy.

Health Security

PPI’s Health Security team works on policy and health services research related to Medicare and Medicaid, private health insurance coverage, cost and use of prescription drugs, healthy behaviors, and racial and ethnic disparities in care. In addition, the team analyzes approaches to improving care delivery and health care value.

Family, Home and Community

The Family, Home and Community team focuses on expanding consumer access to those services and supports, on improving home and communitybased services, on supporting family caregivers and on making communities more livable for older Americans.

Center to Champion Nursing in America

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) was founded at AARP in 2007 with a $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), with a mission to see that Americans have the nurses they need, now and in the future. Housed in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, CCNA is an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and RWJF, and it seeks to answer the need for Americans to have access—in all settings—to highly skilled nurses. CCNA coordinates the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national initiative that is working to improve America’s health through nursing. The Campaign is also an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and RWJF. Learn more

Strategic Initiatives

The Strategic Initiatives team develops and manages grant-funded programs and overall PPI strategy. This includes outreach and development, writing and editing, quality assurance on deliverables, engagements and collaborations with PPI partners, and operations and budgeting.

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Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard

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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