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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.

PPI Experts Guide  This guide includes a summary of all PPI experts by issue area along with a focused look at their professional profile and contact information.

AARP Policy Leaders Named as Next Avenue's 2016 Top 50+ Influencers in Aging. Debra Whitman, AARP's EVP and Chief Public Policy Officer, and Susan Reinhard, SVP and Director of AARP's Pubic Policy Institute, were named by Next Avenue as two of the nation's foremost leaders in aging by turning their work into action. See why they were selected and check out their contributions here.

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.

Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports

The Independent Living and Long-Term Services and Supports 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.

Livability Index

How livable is your community?

  • Family Caregiving — Family Caregiving staff members address policy related to family caregiving. Working on caregiving research and policy analysis to promote the values of choice, control, dignity and community for those age 50+ particularly for the multicultural audience.
  • Livable Communities — The Livable Communities staff seeks to improve older adults’ quality of life by promoting the development of safe, accessible and vibrant environments often called livable communities. Livable communities policies address issues such as land use, housing, transportation and broadband — all of which facilitate aging in place.

Center to Champion Nursing in America

The Center to Champion Nursing in America leads stakeholders in a national campaign to improve health care quality and access by maximizing the use of nurses. The Center works to implement Institute of Medicine recommendations that nurses play a leading role in transforming health care. This nationwide effort is an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center to Champion Nursing: Campaign for Action is transforming health and health care through nursing and building a healthier America. Backed by the AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is working in every state to mobilize nurses, health providers, consumers, educators and businesses to strengthen nursing on multiple fronts. Our goals are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.  To learn more, visit, www.campaignforaction.org.

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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Susan's Blog

Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard blogs about recent reports and topics such as caregiving and nursing.