AANA Foundation Health Policy Institute Program
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.