AANA Foundation Health Policy Institute Program

2019 Health Policy Institute Attendees

On June 2-6, 2019, the AANA Foundation sent their inaugural CRNA class through the Health Policy Institute program at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Five CRNAs were selected and funded to attend the nationally renowned seminar that aims to educate attendees about the recent, current, and expected approaches of health care law, as well as other health policy related issues. The program delves deep into the health policy making process and takes the time to teach attendees the knowledge and networking needed to have an impact in federal and state policy.

George Mason University's Department of Health Administration Policy and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, together with an impressive group of guest lecturers from government, think tanks, and executives, use this course to bring together students from across the United States to learn in a dynamic environment. Some of the lecture topics included judicial decisions and health reform, social determinants of health, value-based reimbursement, the health policy making process, state health reform, state challenges with the opioid crisis and many more. This dynamic course has the inaugural class of CRNAs eager to jump into policy work to strengthen the nurse anesthesia profession, and to have a positive impact on patients through the use of health policy. The AANA Foundation plans to continue to send a class of CRNAs and SRNAs through the program again next year.


Participant Comments

"I highly recommend the Health Policy Institute. It was the perfect mix of knowledgeable, respected speakers, & networking with a small group of state level activists who I feel I can reach out to for the rest of my career now. I particularly liked the wide-ranging topics of the speakers, from macro-economics, to political pundits, to quality executives & data researchers, which gave an incredible perspective. Kudos to the Foundation for thinking outside the box to educate CRNAs not just about anesthesia & related policy, but taking the global view.”

 -Ian Hewer, PhD, CRNA

Health Policy Institute Attendee