U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has named Susan Reinhard, Ph.D., R.N., chief strategist at the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) and senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute, to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR)—the principal advisory board for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
A consumer-driven national force for change, CCNA is a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center works to ensure that all Americans have a highly skilled nurse when and where they need one. CCNA recently launched an expanded and redesigned Web site as well as a blog, both offering features designed to be interesting and useful to nurses and other stakeholders.
Members of NACNR are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying diverse perspectives from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law and economics. The council conducts a second level of review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups. It meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice.
“Secretary Sebelius has chosen well,” said Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., RWJF senior advisor for nursing. “Susan Reinhard is a wonderful choice for the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. She has vast experience on nursing policy at the federal and state levels, is an expert on the challenges facing the nursing workforce, and is universally respected and admired. I know she will make a major contribution in this post.”
Secretary Sebelius named three other new members to NACNR, along with Reinhard:
- Glenna A. Dowling, Ph.D., R.N., a nationally recognized expert on gerontology nursing and chronic progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She is professor and chair of the Department of Psychological Nursing at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and director of the Institute on Aging Research Center in San Francisco.
- Everette J. Freeman, Ed.D., president of Albany State University in Albany, Ga. An eminent scholar and admired strategist, he is a leader in higher education and is well-known for his commitment to equity in the academic community. Prior to his position at Albany State, Freeman served four years as senior vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis.
- Elaine Larson, Ph.D., R.N., the associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research at the Columbia University School of Nursing, New York City. She has served as a member of an NIH Study Section on HIV Infection, the president of the Certification Board for Infection Control, and a member of nine journal editorial boards.
NINR supports basic and clinical research that develops the knowledge to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and enhance end-of-life and palliative care.