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Eileen O'Grady

Eileen T. O’Grady, PhD, RN, NP, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach; Adjunct Faculty, Pace, Georgetown, Duke, and George Washington Universities

Dr. Eileen O’Grady is a certified nurse practitioner and wellness coach. She owns a practice specializing in moving individuals toward lifestyles that support wellness. She currently serves as adjunct faculty, where she has built/taught health policy courses in the Graduate Schools of Nursing at Pace, Georgetown, Duke, and George Washington Universities. She is a founder and vice chair of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Loretta Ford Lifetime Achievement Award and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners Advocate of the Year Award. Dr. O’Grady edited Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach (5th ed.) and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (7th ed.). She holds BS and MPH degrees from George Washington University and MSN and PhD degrees in Nursing/Health Policy from George Mason University.




Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

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 61 national nursing organizations that collaborate on a wide spectrum of health care policy issues. Dr. Miyamoto is a 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies, as well as at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing. Additionally, she is a senior associate editor for the journal Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice. 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 degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Harold Pollack, PhD, Helen Ross Professor, School of Social Service Administration, PollackDeputy Dean for Research & Faculty Development, University of Chicago

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 master’s 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.




RickettsThomas Ricketts, III, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Social Medicine, Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, University of North Carolina

Dr. Ricketts is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine. He was appointed as a member of the National Health Care Workforce Commission in 2010. He is a consultant to the American College of Surgeons on workforce issues and rural surgery. Dr. Ricketts directed the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center (1988-2000) and the Southeastern Health Workforce Research Center (2003-2009). He was Editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal between 2006 and 2012, having previously served as Editor of the Journal of Rural Health from 1990 to 1996. In 2014, he completed a special assignment as adviser to the Administrator of HRSA, helping reorganize the workforce analysis components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.




Munn Short

Nancy Munn Short, DrPH, MBA, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Duke University

Dr. Short is Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010 and the Outstanding DNP Faculty award in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015. Dr. Short earned BSN and MBA degrees from Duke University and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. In 2009, she was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Public Health. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow; in 2005, she served as a Legislative Health Fellow for U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist. Dr. Short is nationally known as an advocate for public health. She consulted with the UNC Public Health Management Academy to guide teams from the Virginia Department of Public Health in the development of sustainable business plans. More recently, she has served as a member of the Durham County, NC, Board of Health.






Julie Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Sochalski is Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Co-Director of the National Clinical Scholars Program 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. Her research has focused on elucidating the workforce inputs into high-quality accessible care, investigating domestic and international trends and migratory patterns of the health care workforce, and assessing the impact of policy initiatives on health care workforce development and deployment. She is currently funded to study the impact of expanding the scope of practice of nurse practitioners on primary care access and outcomes in the Veterans Administration.