Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD

Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, SVP at AARP, directs its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for state, federal and international policy research. Susan 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. She also serves as Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. She is a nationally recognized expert in health and long- term care, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing national initiatives to help people with disabilities live at home. She served three governors as Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. Her research and policy expertise includes health care workforce, caregiving, consumer choice, community care options, and quality. A former faculty member at Rutgers College of Nursing, she is an American Academy of Nursing fellow. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD from Rutgers University.