Integrating Health Policy into Doctoral Nursing Programs: Continuing the Conversation in 2015

Location: Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA
Contact Info: 505-272-3336
Start Date: January, 27 2015
End Date: January, 27 2015


Conference Description

This conference offers PhD and DNP faculty strategies for integrating health policy into their programs and courses. Its interprofessional and interdisciplinary panels of speakers will propose core content and methods for developing faculty and student expertise in policy analysis and research. The conference fosters the work of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in building a culture of health, which assumes that health encompasses more than health care, and that health policy necessarily encompasses the broader social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of health. Faculty and students with beginning and advanced health policy knowledge are encouraged to attend.

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

1. Identify and explore strategies and approaches that enhance the integration of health policy studies into doctoral nursing curricula.

2. Discuss interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations and strategies for incorporating content into doctoral nursing programs to assist faculty in preparing students to address current and emerging health policy issues.

3. Identify roles that nurses prepared at the PhD or DNP level may undertake to help shape policies that address social determinants of health and improve population health outcomes.

4. Recommend strategies for developing programs of research for faculty and students that focus on a broad understanding of health and health policies to address the relationships between social determinants of health, population health, and health care.

5. Recognize the social determinants of health and integrate an understanding of these determinants into policy analysis and research as a way to help build a culture of health in the United States.

2015 Schedule At A Glance


2015 Conference Brochure


Registration Now Open CLICK HERE to register – Early Bird Registration extended through January 16, 2015


2014 Integrating Health Policy into Doctoral Nursing Programs Conference Notes



This conference will be held at the Hotel del Coronado. A block of rooms has been reserved for participants for the nights of January 26, 2014. Special rates are available to you if you make your room reservations by January 7, 2015. Rates will not be changed at check-in or check-out time for attendees who fail to identify their affiliation with this meeting at the time the reservation is requested. All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card, a first nights deposit plus tax. Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm.


Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-8000or call 1-800-468-3533 or online at:
HDC RWJF Nursing & Health Policy Collaborative January 2015
Group Name: RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative
Group Code: RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative
$215.00++ for single/double occupancy
Make your room reservations as early as possible.

National Planning Committee Members


CLockhart_PhotoCarol A. Lockhart, PhD, RN, FAAN
Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Lockhart is president of C. Lockhart Associates, a health systems relations and policy consulting firm that assists local, national, and international organizations with planning, implementing, and evaluating health and public health policy and program change. Dr. Lockhart teaches health economics and health policy as Professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice distance-learning program. She was a director in the Arizona Department of Health Services and served as the first director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.  She also served as one of the original 13 commissioners appointed to the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) to advice Congress on payments to physicians under Medicare.  Dr. Lockhart received a Pew Health Policy Fellowship to pursue her doctoral studies in health policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Her MS is from the University of California at San Francisco, and her BS is from Case Western Reserve University, Bolton School of Nursing.
s_cohenSally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Cohen has been at the forefront of initiatives that prepare nurses as leaders in health policy making. She has directed the public policy and research initiatives at the National League for Nursing and has organized nurses at the state level to lobby for revisions to nurse practice acts and managed care regulations to expand access to care. Before coming to the University of New Mexico in 2009, Dr. Cohen was a tenured faculty member at Yale University School of Nursing, where she established and directed the Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership Specialty. Her book Championing Child Care (2001) analyzes the politics of federal child care policy making from 1970 to 2000. Dr. Cohen is Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice. She holds a BA in International Relations from Cornell University, an MSN from Yale University, and a PhD in Public Health and Political Science/American Government from Columbia University.

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Dr. Ellenbecker is a Professor of Nursing and Health Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, where she teaches, conducts research and mentors PhD students. Dr. Ellenbecker’s research expertise includes conducting large surveys with representative samples, instrument development, and model testing. Her research has implications for improving the work environment for nurses, developing policies for retaining nurses and for improving the quality of patient care. She experienced national policy development first hand during a sabbatical at the National Association of Home Care and a fellowship at the Center to Champion Nursing in Washington D.C. Dr. Ellenbecker received her BSN from the University of New Mexico, her MSN from Boston College, and her PhD from Brandeis University.
Heiman head shotHarry J. Heiman, MD, MPH
Dr. Heiman is Director of Health Policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is board certified in family medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. From September 2012 to August 2013, Dr. Heiman was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and served on committee staff for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives under Ranking Member Henry Waxman. Dr. Heiman’s areas of interest and expertise include health policy, health disparities, and health system transformation.
MiyamotoSuzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN
Dr. Miyamoto is Senior Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She leads the association’s advocacy work focused on advancing nursing education, research, and practice to promote a cost-effective, high-quality health care system. She is the Convener for the Nursing Community, a coalition of 62 national nursing organizations that collaborate on a wide spectrum of health care policy issues. Dr. Miyamoto was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow for the 2014 cohort. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. Dr. Miyamoto received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Perez_AAN 6-2014Adriana Perez, PhD, RN, ANP
Dr. Perez is Assistant Professor, Southwest Borderlands Scholar, and Co-Director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at Arizona State University. She was selected as a Congressional Health and Aging Policy Fellow, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Aging Program. Dr. Perez’s commitment to addressing health disparities is evident in her work with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. She consults with state action coalitions in developing sustainable diversity action plans. She is president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Phoenix, an appointed member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors and UnitedHealth Group External Nursing Advisory Board, and has served as founding Chair of the Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders.
Harold PollackHarold Pollack, PhD
Dr. Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He is also Co-Director of the university’s Crime Lab and an Executive Committee member of the Center for Health Administration Studies. A 2012-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research, Dr. Pollack has been appointed to three committees of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Dr. Pollack was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University and taught Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Sochalski256Julie A. Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Sochalski is Associate Professor of Nursing, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Affiliated Faculty at the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Director of the Division of Nursing and Principal Advisor for Health Workforce Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Sochalski’s work has been focused on elucidating the workforce inputs into high-quality, affordable care and designing policy initiatives to promote health care workforce reforms needed to achieve that goal. She has investigated domestic and international trends in the health care workforce, workforce shortages, and migratory patterns of health workers, and has collaborated internationally to develop policy recommendations for building an appropriately prepared international health care workforce.

Speaker and Moderators

BreslinEileenEileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Breslin has been Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio since 2008. Previously, she was Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where she instituted a doctoral degree in nursing practice, a clinical nurse leader program, and a dual master of science and master of public health program, all firsts in the state. Dr. Breslin is President of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University, her women’s health care practitioner certification from the University of New Mexico, her master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from the University of Arizona, and her PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.


MCarter_HeadshotMichael A. Carter, DNSc, DNP, FAAN, FNP/GNP-BC
Dr. Carter serves as Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, and as Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Frontier Nursing University. Previously, he served as Dean and Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor. He holds national certification as both a family nurse practitioner and geriatric nurse practitioner, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, and a Diplomate in Comprehensive Care. He completed a Fellowship in Primary Care Health Policy the United States Public Health Service and served as a Visiting Professorial Fellow at Curtin University and the Western Australia Department of Health in Perth, Australia.
SChapmanSusan Chapman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Chapman is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Health Professions and the Institute for Health Policy Studies. She is Co-Director of the master’s and doctoral programs in Health Policy at the School of Nursing. Her scholarly work focuses on health workforce research, health policy analysis, and program evaluation. Her workforce research focuses on transforming models of primary care to address health reform, education, and new roles for allied health workers. She served on a study committee for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the health care workforce for an aging U.S. population and chaired an IOM workforce on the allied health professions. She received her BS from the University of Iowa, her MS from Boston College, her MPH from Boston University, and her PhD from UC Berkeley.

PamelaCipriano2014Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dr. Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association. She previously served as Senior Director for Health Care Management Consulting at Galloway Advisory by iVantage. She currently holds a faculty appointment as Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Dr. Cipriano is known nationally as a strong advocate for health care quality and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine. She was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today from 2006-14. Dr. Cipriano holds a PhD in Executive Nursing Administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a Master of Nursing degree in Physiological Nursing from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from American University.
BDamron0820Newsletter_20120827_asBarbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Damron is Associate Professor with the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. She teaches the health policy field placement courses, leads the mentorship initiative and is actively involved in other professional development activities for the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Fellows and other health policy concentration doctoral students. Dr. Damron has been at the forefront of initiating health policy into all segments of oncology. She has established health policy programs with the American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society, and state nursing associations. Before joining the University of New Mexico, Dr. Damron worked with state legislators in Texas to establish and fund the Texas Cancer Council. There, she developed, obtained legislative funding for, and implemented the nation’s first statewide comprehensive cancer nursing education program, the Texas Cancer Council’s Nurse Oncology Education Program. She now directs the Office of Community Partnerships & Cancer Health Disparities at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center (UNMCC). Dr. Damron also serves as the Director of Government and Community Advocacy at the UNMCC, working with New Mexico’s congressional leadership and state legislators on oncology policy.
Shassmiller PhotoSusan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Hassmiller joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 1997 and is presently the Senior Advisor for Nursing. She also serves as Co-Director of the Future of Nursing Scholars program. In partnership with AARP, Dr. Hassmiller directs RWJF’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report. She is a member of Institute of Medicine and served as the report’s study director. Previously, she was a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, serving as Chair of the Disaster and Chapter Services Committee. She is a member of the National Nursing Committee and is the Board Chair for the Central New Jersey Red Cross. Dr. Hassmiller served with the Health Resources and Services Administration as Executive Director of the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship. She taught public health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia.
Dr. Mason is the Rudin Professor of Nursing and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is President of the American Academy of Nursing and serves as Strategic Advisor for the Campaign for Action, an initiative to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, to which she contributed. Dr. Mason is also a journalist who has produced and moderated a weekly radio program on health and health policy for nearly 30 years. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing for more than a decade and serves on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News. The author of more than 200 publications, she is the lead co-editor of the award-winning book Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care and of The Nursing Profession: Development, Challenges, and Opportunities.
ReinhardSusan2Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Reinhard is Senior Vice President at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute. She also serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP. She is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Prior to AARP, Dr. 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 served three governors as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also co-founded the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, D.C., and served as Executive Director of the institute’s Center for Medicare Education.
n_ridenourNancy Ridenour, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Dr. Ridenour is Dean and Professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives. She continues her health policy work at UNM by heading up the Health Policy Council and contributing to the Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the College of Nursing. She is an expert in health workforce and health care reform. She previously served as Dean and Professor at the College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Associate Dean at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado. She is a certified family nurse practitioner and has held leadership positions in the American Nurses Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
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Dr. Sanchez is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. He is also Director of Research for Latino Decisions and Director of the American Economic Association Summer Training Program. His research explores the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and political engagement, Latino health policy, and minority legislative behavior. He is a co-author of Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, one of the most popular Latino politics textbooks in colleges today, and has a forthcoming book focused on the role of Latinos in the 2012 elections. Dr. Sanchez has also been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several national and state surveys focused on health care attitudes. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona.
BettsOfficialPhoto2007Virginia Trotter Betts, JD, MSN, RN, FAAN
Virginia Trotter Betts is an internationally recognized leader in health and mental health care and policy and has been involved in health care as a clinician, administrator, educator, researcher, and policy activist. She currently is President and CEO of HealthFutures, Inc. Ms. Betts served as Senior Advisor on Nursing and Policy to the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working with Donna Shalala and David Satcher on health care workforce and mental health initiatives. She served as Commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and was the first nurse to serve as a member of a Governor’s Cabinet in Tennessee. She is a psychiatric nurse and attorney and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. She was a two-term president of the American Nurses Association (1992-1996) and of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (2007-2010), working closely with both the Clinton and Obama health care reform teams as an advocate for nursing and mental health. She also has had a rich academic career at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, and University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
makani_themba HEADSHOTMakani Themba
Makani Themba is Executive Director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization helping communities to use media and policy advocacy to advance health justice. Under her leadership, The Praxis Project has raised more than $20 million for advocacy organizations nationwide. These initiatives include Communities Creating Healthy Environments, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support policy advocacy to advance healthy food outlets and safe places to play in communities of color. Ms. Themba has published numerous books and articles on race, media, policy advocacy, and public health. She is author of Making Policy, Making Change and co-author of Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention and Talking the Walk: Communications Guide for Racial Justice. Her latest book is Fair Game: Racial Justice Communications in the Obama Era.

RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico

 s_judgeShana Judge, JD, PhD
Interim Director
Dr. Judge is a public policy researcher whose work focuses on using quantitative methods to analyze relationships between government policies and the health and well-being of women and children. She is now serving as principal investigator for grant-funded projects analyzing factors associated with sex trafficking cases in the United States and related legal outcomes. Dr. Judge served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions at Brown University. She also worked as an attorney for the Texas Legislature. Dr. Judge received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Master of Arts degree in political science from the Catholic University of America, Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University, and PhD degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.