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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

julieas@nursing.upenn.edu

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
sally.cohen@nyu.edu

Kim Cox, PhD
Interim PhD Program Director, Associate Professor
University of New Mexico
College of Nursing
Albuquerque, NM 87131
KJCox@salud.unm.edu

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

sjcrowde@iu.edu

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

efrybowers@sandiego.edu 

Jacqueline Merrill, PhD
Associate Professor
Columbia University 
617 West 168th St., PH-20 
New York, NY 10032
jam119@columbia.edu

Patricia Pittman, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director Health Workforce Research Center
Milken Institute Schools of Public Health
950 New Hampshire AV NW
Washington, DC 20052
ppittman@gwu.edu

Nancy Ridenour, PhD
President & Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor
Barnes Jewish College
Goldfarb School of Nursing
Mailstop 90-36-697
4483 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
nancy.ridenour@bjc.org

Mona Shattell, PhD
Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing
Rush University College of Nursing
600 S. Paulina St. Suite 1078A
Chicago, Illinois 60612
mona_shattell@rush.edu

Casey Shillam, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd, MSC 153
Portland, OR 97203 
shillamc@up.edu

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

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