All the learning begins on September 14 at 9:00 a.m.
See the agenda below for more details. 


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

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

To Be Announced

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Moderator Introduction – Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN; Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Austin

11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Our Focus on Policy, Innovation, and Advocacy

Moderated by:

  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN


  • Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN; President, American Nurses Association
  • Ingrid Lusis, VP of Policy and Government Affairs, American Nurses Association
  • Oriana Beaudet, DNP, RN; VP of Nursing Innovation, American Nurses Association Enterprise
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.

12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, Posters and Transfer Next Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session 1, Track A – Innovation 101: Design Thinking

Back to the Future


  • Chris McCarthy, MBA, MPH; VP of Strategy & Design, Hope Lab
  • Christy Zuber, PhD, RN; 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

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
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, Assistant Director, 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.

1:30 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.

ANA Booths, ANCC Booths, Posters and Transfer Next Sessions

1:45 p.m.– 2:15 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; Senior Vice President – Innovation & Telehealth, Optum Health at 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.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Session, 2nd Panel – Charting the Nursing Path Forward: A Listening Tour to Inform the Future of the Profession.


  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN


  • Lynda Benton, Senior Director, Global Corporate Equity & Partnership, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
  • Robin 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.

Health, Policy & Practice Implications of Diversity: How Diversity Will Improve Nursing and Health Policy


  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN


  • 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.

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

ANA + HIMSS NursePitch™ – Nurse Innovation Showcase


  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN

Group 1:

  • Tracy Zvenyach, PhD, NP; Co-Founder, Nurse Disrupted
  • Bre Loughlin, MS, RN; Co-Founder, Nurse Disrupted

Group 2:

  • Brigid 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(TM) 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.

4:25 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.

Closing Session

 Continuing Education 

Learners who successfully complete this nursing education activity will earn xx 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.
ANCC Provider Number 0023.
ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178.
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.