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AARP Public Policy Institute (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.

Housed in PPI is the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which coordinates the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national effort to improve America's health through nursing. The Campaign is also an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and RWJF.

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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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