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Nurse Attends To Her Patient, AARP Public Policy Institute, Champion Nursing Center


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.

Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America

Areas of Expertise: Aging; family caregiving research, policy, program development, practice, research and policy analysis, Medicare, Medicaid, Health care policy, quality, delivery system reform, system regulation, payment, managed care, culture of health/well-being, nursing research, education, regulation, workforce development, long term services and supports research, financing, technical assistance, measurement/scorecard, age friendly communities, livable communities, grantsmanship, strategic planning, public speaking, translating research into policy and practice.

Mary Boyle, MS, Director of Communications

Areas of Expertise: Message strategy and development, public and media relations, crisis communications, issue advocacy, social media, fundraising, and journalism.

Jennifer A. Peed, MSW, Director, Office of Center Integration; Deputy Director, RWJF, State Implementation Program

Areas of Expertise: Health care program analysis and administration.

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Patricia Polansky, RN, MS, Director, Program Development and Implementation

Areas of Expertise: Health care administration, executive leadership, interprofessional collaboration (health), primary care, home and community health care, aging issues and long-term care, and nursing education.

Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs

Areas of Expertise: Stakeholder engagement and networking, coalition organizing, advocacy, state scope of practice policies, nursing workforce funding, and nursing workforce and diversity.

Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Primary care, retail health, home health care, nursing research, education, regulation, workforce, policy analysis, advanced practice registered nurses, scope of practice.

Meredith Courville, MPS, Communications Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Communications, public relations, strategic communications planning, writing, editing, and social media.      

Aidan McCallion, MS, Digital Communications Project Analyst       

Areas of Expertise: Message strategy and development, public and media relations, social media, and web design.

Lynn Mertz, PhD, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Higher education program design and management, strategic planning, and fund development.

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