National nurse leader Susan Reinhard will present keynote at Convocation 2023

May 4, 2023

Linda Flynn (PhD, RN, FAAN), dean and professor of Rutgers School of Nursing has announced the speaker for the School of Nursing Convocation celebrating the Class of 2023. The event takes place Thursday, May 18 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute; Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America and Family Caregiving Initiatives; Vice Chair, RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees

Susan C. Reinhard is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute (PPI), the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal, and international levels. She leads PPI’s Family Caregiving Initiatives and also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure that America has the highly skilled nurses it needs to provide care in the future.

Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing, and translating research into action to promote policy change. She oversees PPI teams working on health security, financial security, and family, home, and community issues, and from that vantage point serves as editor-in-chief of Policy Plus Action: The AARP Public Policy Institute Newsletter. Previously, she served as professor and co-director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she directed several national initiatives with states to help people of all ages with disabilities live in their communities.

As deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Reinhard led the development of policies and nationally recognized programs for family caregiving, consumer choice, and community-based care options. She is a former faculty member at the Rutgers College of Nursing, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America and the Salzburg Global Forum. 

Reinhard holds many governance positions, including on the boards of the International Journal of Care and Caring and the RWJBarnabas Health System. She has received many honors, including awards from the Family Caregiver Alliance, New York University, the College of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Nurses Association, AdvancingStates, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in sociology from Rutgers University.

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