Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC)

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.

M. Lindell Joseph, PhD, Chair
University of Iowa
Clinical Professor - Director of Heath Systems/Administration
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Natalie Baker, DNP
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Associate Professor

Barbara Damron, PhD
University of  New Mexico
Professor - Senior Advisor to the Dean
  Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD
George Washington University
Senior Associate Dean
Sabrina Dickey

Sabrina Dickey, PhD
Florida State University
Associate Professor

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Lindsey Harris, DNP
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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J. Michael Leger, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch

  Matthew McHughPhD
University of Pennsylvania
  Monica O'Reilly-Jacob, PhD
Boston College
Assistant Professor
Suzanne Staebler, DNP
Emory University
Professor - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program Director