The platform opens on September 14 at 8:00 a.m. and the first session begins at 10:00 a.m.
See the agenda below for more details.

All times listed below are based on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Made possible in part by the Irma Lou Hirsch Leadership in Practice and Policy Endowment at the American Nurses Foundation.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, and Posters Open

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Introducing the Day – Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN; Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Austin

11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

ANA Opener with Dr. Ernest Grant, ANA President


  • Dr. Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANA President– American Nurses Association
ANA Policy, Innovation & Advocacy Forum: Empowering Nurses to Lead. This one-day event will give attendees insight into how advances in public policy and delivery system innovation impact the nursing profession and how to amplify the nurse’s voice. This event is focused on the role of nurses as advocates, drivers of health policy, leaders in new care models, and—ultimately—why this work matters.

11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Opening Keynote Speakers

  • Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
    Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters – U.S. Public Health Service
  • Shawna Butler, RN MBA
    Host of SEE YOU NOW podcast

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nurses on the Front Lines: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moderated by:

  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN


  • Judith Persichilli, RN, BSN, MA; Commissioner, State of New Jersey Department of Health
  • Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, APRN, CIC; Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville
  • CAPT Sophia Russell, DM, MBA, RN, NE-BC; Director, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Health Resources & Services Administration
  • David Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN; Chief Executive Officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN; Senior Director of Health Sciences, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

The COVID-19 triggered an unprecedented federal and state response to a public health emergency. Throughout the pandemic response, the nation’s nurses have been on the frontlines—testing, diagnosing, treating, and vaccinating patients. Join us for a panel discussion that will focus on lessons learned from responding to the pandemic, what tools were most useful to meet the challenges of combatting the spread of the virus, providing care to patients, administering the vaccine, and the impact of this experience on the nursing profession now and in the future.

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, Posters and Transfer to Next Sessions

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session 1, Track A – Innovation 101: Design Thinking

Back to the Future


  • Chris McCarthy, MBA, MPH; VP of Strategy & Design, Hope Lab
  • Christi Zuber, PhD, RN; Founder & Managing Director; Aspen Labs
Stop Nursing the System and Start Creating the Future. It is so easy to get absorbed in the day-to-day of delivering care. Day 1: you noticed all the things that could be better. Day 100: you are accidentally part of the system. Design Thinking will have you seeing with fresh eyes how to help create, make, and implement real change. This session will explore how a few simple mindsets and methods can get you “Back to the Future.”

Session 1, Track B – Delivery & Payment System Reform: Complex Care


  • Zina Gontscharow, MPP, Senior Policy Advisor; American Nurses Association


  • Corinne Lewis, MSW, Program Officer – Delivery System Reform; Commonwealth Fund
  • Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN; Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health; University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
This session will review evidence from the major payment and delivery system reforms of the last decade, showcase promising complex care models, and highlight the unique role of nurses in these approaches. Panelists will discuss their research and share insights into how we can improve outcomes for people with complex health and social needs by changing the way we pay for and deliver care to patients.

Session 1, Track C – Nursing Advocacy: Policy Impacts to Nursing Profession


  • Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN; Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Nursing


  • Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Director of Care Coordination and Lean Consulting, HealthTechS3
  • Erik Koeppen, Director of Political Engagement; American Nurses Association
Nurses must make their voice heard as policymakers and lawmakers implement regulations and legislation that impact the nursing profession and practice. It is vital that nurses understand how to advocate on their behalf at the federal, state, and local level. This session will focus on how critical it is for nurse leaders to advance the nursing profession through advocacy and how they can collaborate with policymakers to achieve shared goals.

Session 1, Track D – Health, Policy, & Practice Implications of Diversity: How Diversity Will Improve Nursing and Health Policy


  • Sheldon Fields, PhD, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN; Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Penn State University

Ensuring diversity across our profession starts with how we think about how nurses are educated. Improved health outcomes are achieved when there is representation from all communities across the health care delivery system and barriers to higher education are removed. This session will examine how we achieve these goals, build a stronger health system, and the policy implications and possibilities in ensuring true diversity. 

1:15 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, Posters and Transfer to Next Sessions

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 2, Track A – Policy 101 – Medicare & Medicaid


  • Zina Gontscharow, MPP; Senior Policy Advisor, American Nurses Association


  • Winifred Quinn, PhD; Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs, Center to Champion Nursing in America, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Jean Moody-Williams, RN, MPP; Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Policymaking at the federal, state, and local levels can impact how our nurses’ practice, care for patients, and are reimbursed for their services—especially as they provide care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Nurses are integral in the nation’s health care delivery system, which is focused on increasing quality of care, better patient outcomes, and identifying areas of savings. This session will focus on the importance of having the nurse perspective captured in all federal policies that dictate how patients receive care and how that care is paid for, as well as how Medicare and Medicaid policy impacts the profession.

Session 2, Track B – Health Equity, Innovation, and Delivery Across Medicaid

  • Jennifer Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN; Founding Executive Director
    Institute for Medicaid Innovation
  • Beth Tinker, PhD, MN/MPH, RN; Clinical Nurse Advisor/MCH Consultant, Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Ellen Marie Whelan, NP, PhD, FAAN; Chief Population Health Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
  • Karen Dale, MSN; CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer – AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
The Medicaid program provides critical health care coverage to millions of vulnerable patient populations across the nation. This session will feature a panel discussion focused on the evolution of Medicaid, as well as current policy and administration changes impacting the program and beneficiaries. In addition, panelists will share insight into the various policy roles and work that nurses are leading within the Medicaid program.

Session 2, Track C – Transformation Across Virtual Care & Telehealth


  • Brooke Trainum, Assistant Director, Policy and Regulatory Advocacy, American Nurses Association


  • Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-C, FAAN, FAEN; SVP, Center for Digital Health & CEO, MedExpress at Optum Health/United Health Group
  • Antonette Montalvo, MSN, PNP-BC, RN, BA; Owner, Antonette Montalvo Consulting and Coaching Services; Founder/Author, Visionary Nurse™
Increasingly, clinicians are utilizing virtual care and telehealth to delivery needed health care services to patients. This session will focus on how the expansion of telemedicine impacts care delivery at federal, state, and local levels. Speakers also will detail the successes and challenges of utilizing telemedicine and how telehealth policy impacts patients, and communities. Last, this session will forecast factors that should be considered as telehealth-related policy is created and actualized.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Lunch + ANA Booths, Posters, Policy + Innovation Lounges, Transfer to Next Session

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Panel Presentation – Accelerating Nursing, Transforming Healthcare


  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN


  • Lynda Benton, Senior Director, Global Corporate Equity & Partnership, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
  • Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Chief Executive Officer, American Organization for Nursing Leadership
  • Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN; Chief Nursing Officer, American Nurses Association Enterprise
COVID-19 has undoubtedly accelerated fundamental changes throughout the American healthcare system by breaking down barriers and driving an acceleration of innovation and redefinition of best-practices. As a part of these changes, nurses are being recognized and widely called upon to find, shape and lead innovative solutions to address critical patient needs amid the current health crisis. To explore how nurses can continue to navigate and innovate in the healthcare landscape of today and of the future, Johnson & Johnson, American Nurses Association and American Organization for Nursing Leadership partnered to launch the Future of Nursing Listening Tour. Together, to help shape a progressive path forward that will strengthen health systems and lead to increased elevation and recognition of nurses as innovative change agents for human health.

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase


  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN

Group 1:

  • Bre Loughlin, MS, RN; Co-Founder, Nurse Disrupted

Group 2:

  • Brighid Gannon, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Co-Founder Lavender
  • Pritma Dhillon-Chattha, DNP, MHA, RN; Co-Founder Lavender

Group 3:

  • Lauran Hardin, MSN, CNL, FNAP, FAAN; Senior Advisor, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs
The NursePitch™ partnership between ANA and HIMSS is a shared platform to showcase the innovative work being led by nurses. Join this showcase that focuses on how nurses are addressing critical needs across our country by leading new care models. Learn how these nurses are navigating healthcare systems, academia, communities, and the broader health and policy implications of their work.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, Posters and Transfer to Next Sessions

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel – Advancing Innovation in Health Care: Partnerships to Achieve Shared Goals

Moderated by:

  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN


  • Natalie Davis, Chief Executive Officer, United States of Care
  • Elizabeth, Fowler, PhD, JD; Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
  • Erin Murphy, MA, RN, FAAN, Minnesota State Senate
  • Elana Schrader, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Services and President of GuideWell Health
  • Lori Skinner, RN, DNP; Clinical Innovation Portfolio Manager, Medica

Nurses across the country are driving innovation in the nation’s health care delivery system. However, that good work is done in a vacuum, involving other actors in the delivery system. This session will feature the perspectives of federal and state governments, private insurance companies, hospitals, and other stakeholders in a panel discussion on how innovation can be advanced further through a myriad of partnerships. Learn more about the important role of nurses in these partnerships, priorities, shared goals, and strategies to successfully design and implement innovative approaches to delivering quality care to patients.

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. 

Event Closing and Summary

5:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. 

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, and Posters Open

 Continuing Education 

Learners who successfully complete this nursing education activity will earn 12 contact hours. The American Nurses Association Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Note: The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17219