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Health Policy Advisory Council

In January of 2015, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Board of Directors approved an initiative to create a Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC) that would provide significant insights to guide the association in its development of Policy statements surrounding current and emerging areas in health, healthcare, and higher education. This work is a part of a larger Board approved proposal that will increase the footprint AACN members can make in the policies that will impact health locally and globally.

HPAC’s purpose is to provide contextual and policy guidance to the association for issues that require insight from nursing academia expertise. 

AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council will:

1) Provide strategic guidance for the health policy department on federal level rules and regulations, notices, and other requests for comment;

2) Identify contemporary and emerging policy issue areas that impact academic nursing; 

3) Review policy statements, analyses, and member communications regarding AACN’s position on national policy issues;

4) Assist with identification and vetting of individuals to serve as experts to represent the association on specific issues and as nominees for federal committees.

Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.

Julie A. Sochalski, PhD, Chair
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Room M-10 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
(215) 898-3147

Sally S. Cohen, PhD
Clinical Professor, New York University
Rory Meyers College of Nursing 
433 First Avenue- Office 648
New York, NY 10010 
(212) 992-5929

Sharron Crowder, PhD
Associate Professor
Indiana University, School of Nursing
1111 Middle Drive, Nursing W429
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD
Associate Professor
University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110 

Kristy Kiel Martyn, PhD
Professor, Emory University 
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University Room 338
1520 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-4027

Jacqueline Merrill, PhD
Associate Professor
Columbia University 
617 West 168th St., PH-20 
New York, NY 10032

Ken Miller, PhD
Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
School of Nursing – MC 7942 
7703 Floyd Curl Drive 
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Nancy Ridenour, PhD
Dean and Professor
University of New Mexico
College of Nursing
MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Casey Shillam, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd, MSC 153
Portland, OR 97203

Olga Yakusheva, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building, Room 4343
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD
AACN Staff Liaison 
Chief Policy Officer
202-463-6930 ext. 247

Colleen Leners, DNP
AACN Staff Liaison 
Director of Policy
202-463-6930 ext. 223