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About the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing more than 850 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. 



AACN Announces Members of the Health Policy Advisory Committee

Published November 30, 2017

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the new and returning members of the Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC). AACN convened this council to enhance the impact academic nursing has on policy issues related to health and health care

In January 2015, the AACN Board of Directors approved a proposal to maximize the role of academic nursing in health policy. The Health Policy Advisory Council was created to provide contextual guidance to the association on issues that require insight from nurse faculty. The ten members of the Council were selected for their diverse expertise in a variety of healthcare areas that range from rural health, care of the aging population, workforce trends, health literacy, and models of care. HPAC provides guidance to the association with the goal of advancing nursing's impact in national health policy discussions. 

Members of the Health Policy Advisory Council include: 

  • Julie Sochalski, Chair, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sally Cohen, New York University
  • Kim Cox, University of New Mexico*
  • Sharron Crowder, Indiana University
  • Eileen Fry-Bowers, University of San Diego
  • Jacqueline Merrill, Columbia University
  • Patricia Pittman, Milken Institute Schools of Public Health*
  • Nancy Ridenour, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
  • Mona Shattell, Rush University College of Nursing*
  • Casey Shillam, University of Portland 
    * - Denotes new member
For more information on HPAC, see AACN's Policy and Advocacy web page