Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole — ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.
AARP believes strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice and the collective power of the 50 and over population to change the market based on their needs. These principles guide its efforts.
Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Adviser for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
Susan Hassmiller is the senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this role, she shapes and leads the Foundation’s strategies to address nurse and nurse faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the United States. In partnership with AARP, Hassmiller directs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
Hassmiller was a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, serving as chair of the Disaster and Chapter Services Committee and national chair of the 9/11 Recovery Program. She is now a member of the National Nursing Committee, and is serving as the board chair for the Central New Jersey Red Cross. Previously, Hassmiller served with the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she was the executive director of the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship and worked on other national and international primary care initiatives. She also has worked in public health settings at the local and state level and taught public health nursing at the University of Nebraska and at George Mason University in Virginia.
She received a PhD in nursing administration and health policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.; master’s degrees in health education from Florida State University and in community health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University.
Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute and Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Susan Reinhard is the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America and directs the AARP Public Policy Institute, which is the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the federal, state and international levels.
Before coming to AARP in 2007, Reinhard served as a professor and co-director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy where she directed several national initiatives to work with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their homes and communities. She directed a national technical assistance center to assist 53 states and territories funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to re-design their long-term care systems. She also led a national effort to help states enroll more low-income older adults and people with disabilities in the Medicare Savings Programs.
In previous work, Reinhard served three governors as deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she led the development of health policies and programs that gained national prominence. She also co-founded the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, D.C. and served as its Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Education.
Reinhard is a former faculty member at the Rutgers College of Nursing and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a master's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in sociology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Mary Boyle, MS
Mary Boyle is the communications director for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mary directs communications and outreach strategies for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide effort to transform health care through nursing.
Mary is a proven communications leader with experience in message strategy and development, public and media relations, crisis communications, issue advocacy and fundraising.
Prior to arriving at AARP, Mary oversaw communications for Common Cause, a national non-partisan advocacy organization that works to strengthen democracy at the national and state levels. Her portfolio included working with the national media, serving as a chief spokesperson, overseeing the organization’s digital presence, as well as online fundraising.
Before joining Common Cause in 2002, Mary covered politics and public policy for the Denver and Washington bureaus of The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo., and was a general assignment reporter for The Associated Press in Baltimore and Denver. She started her journalism career as a staff writer for The Sun of Lowell, Mass.
Mary has a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross, and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Jennifer A. Peed, MSW
Director of the Office of Center Integration and Deputy Director, State Implementation Program
Jennifer Peed is the director of the Office of Center Integration and Deputy Director of the State Implementation Program at the Center to Champion Nursing in America.
Jennifer began working in the Public Policy Institute in September 2013. Prior to this position, she was an independent consultant providing management, strategic guidance, research and policy analysis services to organizations and principal investigators working to better understand and promote health, wellness and social welfare. Jennifer also served as Program Administrator for two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants that provided technical assistance and education to professionals and consumers about Medicare and the Medicare Savings Programs, and as Program Director for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. During her academic preparation, she was a legislative intern and monitored state and federal legislation that had a potential impact on health care professionals and health care delivery systems. She also served as a crisis counselor specializing in suicide prevention.
Jennifer has a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland, with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialty in Health.
Patricia A. Polansky, RN, MS
Director, Program Development and Implementation
Patricia Polansky, RN, MS, is Director, Program Development & Implementation for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pat directs policy and program strategies contributing to the Campaign, with a focus on nursing education, leadership and interprofessional collaboration.
An expert on nursing, aging issues and long-term care, Pat worked as assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) in the New Jersey (NJ) Department of Health and Senior Services, where she oversaw programs designed to improve access to services for the state's 1.5 million older adults that would improve their well-being, allow them to remain independent, and continue to live in their respective communities. Pat oversaw 12 federal grants and lead New Jersey’s efforts toward long-term care reform.
Before joining DACS, Pat was executive director of the New Jersey Board of Nursing and co-founder of a health care consulting firm, and worked in executive management roles at New Jersey hospitals for more than 20 years. Pat also held nursing positions at both the staff and supervisory levels, and is still proudly a registered nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the Governor's Nursing Merit Award and the outstanding alumna designation from the University of Pennsylvania's College of Nursing, among other honors.
Pat served as president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and taught as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Rutgers University. Ms. Polansky holds a master's degree in community health from Rutgers University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania.
Winifred V. Quinn, PhD
Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs
Winifred Quinn helps to lead a national campaign dedicated to improving health care through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Within this role, she oversees a team to support “Action Coalitions” in each state and the District of Columbia so that they can implement the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations from its landmark 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Winifred assists with the Campaign for Action’s diversity work to help ensure a more diverse nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership.
Winifred also matrixes into AARP writ large to help address public policies that intersect with consumer and nursing issues. Policy issues that she works on relate to improved funding for nursing education and legal barriers that prevent all levels of registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and expertise. Winifred’s federal policy work includes working on nursing education provisions within the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Winifred helped to initiate a national level coalition that successfully achieved the win of Medicare supporting graduate-level nursing education for the first time in its history. Her state-level policy work entails organizing the technical assistance to Action Coalitions and AARP state offices that are improving funding for nursing education or modernizing scope of practice laws. Within this role, she places a strong emphasis on coalition building and relationship development.
Winifred is an alumna of Union County College in Cranford, NJ and Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and completed her PhD in Health Communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Winifred’s public policy education began as a family caregiver for her parents in their respective last years of life.
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