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.

Cindy Cooke, DNP, Chair
University of Mary, North Dakota 
Adjunct Faculty
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Natalie Baker, DNP
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Associate Professor

Garrett Chan, PhD
University of California San Francisco
Adjunct Professor
President/CEO, HealthImpact
  Mollie CumminsPhD
University of Utah
Health Informaticist 
Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton, DNP
Rasmussen University
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Post-Licensure Programs
President & Chief Clinical Officer, The Hamilton Group Behavioral Health, LLC

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M. Lindell Joseph, PhD
University of Iowa
Director of Health Systems/Administration

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J. Michael Leger, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch

  Lisa Kane LowPhD
University of Michigan
Associate Dean for Practice and Professional Graduate Studies
  Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD
Quinnipiac University 
Associate Professor
Betty Rambur, PhD
University of Rhode Island
Routhier Endowed Chair for Practice
Cheryl TaylorPhD
Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana
Associate Professor
  Brenda Baker, PhD, Staff Liaison 
Director of Policy