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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 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 Public 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.

Livable Communities/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.

  • 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.
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Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard

A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers


Livability Index

How livable is your community?

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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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