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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
School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania 
    Sally S. Cohen, PhD
Clinical Professor
Rory Meyers College of Nursing
New York University  
    Kim CoxPhD
Interim PhD Program Director, Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of New Mexico 
    Sharron CrowderPhD
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Indiana University-Indianapolis 
    Eileen Fry-BowersPhD
Associate Professor
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
University of San Diego 
        Jacqueline Merrill, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Columbia University  

                             Patricia PittmanPhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director Health Workforce Research Center
Milken Institute Schools of Public Health
George Washington University 
    Nancy Ridenour, PhD
President & Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor
Barnes Jewish College
Goldfarb School of Nursing 
    Mona Shattell, PhD
Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing
College of Nursing
Rush University  
    Casey Shillam, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
School of Nursing
University of Portland 
    Colleen Leners, DNP
AACN Staff Liaison 
Director of Policy
202-463-6930 ext. 223