Program News

The HAPF National Program Office welcomes Maureen Henry to the team

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is pleased to announce that Maureen Henry will join the National Program Office as Deputy Director for Program.

Maureen has 20 years of cross-disciplinary experience in health policy, quality improvement, performance measurement, and complex patient populations. As a 2012-2013 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Maureen worked as a healthcare staffer in Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s Washington, DC office, where she met with constituents in DC and Virginia and assisted with negotiating and drafting the Care Planning Act of 2013. Most recently, Maureen was a Senior Program Officer with the National Academy of Medicine, where she served as Study Director for the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity.

As HAPF Deputy Director for Program, Maureen will contribute to developing program engagement opportunities and mentoring Fellows as they pursue their policy work throughout the course of the year. Maureen’s arrival expands our team’s capacity to support our growing community of nearly 200 Health and Aging Policy Fellows. With Maureen’s focus on current Fellows, Deputy Director Kathy Pike will shift the concentration of her efforts to enhancing our alumni engagement opportunities.

Maureen will also be joining the team at the Columbia Robert N. Butler Aging Center’s International Longevity Center (ILC-USA), which was founded in 1990 with the purpose of educating individuals on how to live longer, healthier, and more meaningful lives, as well as to advise the public on how to maximize the benefits of increasing longevity in modern society. Click here to learn more about ILC-USA.

We are thrilled that Maureen will be a part of our team come November and look forward to continuing our work with all of you.

Thomas Tsai, MD, MPH, selected as Senior Policy Advisory for the White House COVID-19 Response Team

Thomas Tsai, MD, MPH (2014-2015 Fellow) has been selected as Senior Policy Advisory for the White House COVID-19 Response Team, which was established during the presidency of Joe Biden to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In this role, Dr. Tsai serves as the Testing and Treatment Coordinator directing the federal COVID-19 testing, therapeutics, and Test to Treat efforts.

Click here to read more about Dr. Tsai’s selection for the team.

Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN elected to RWJF Board of Trustees

Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN (2020-2021 Fellow) has been elected to The Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which strives to improve health and healthcare in America, especially for those most in need, and is dedicated to building a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Jing is preparing the next generation of nurses for a digital transformation of healthcare, and her insights and experiences will contribute significantly to the Foundation’s aforementioned mission.

Click here to read the announcement of Dr. Wang’s election to the board.

Fridays for Aging Policy – The 2020-2021 Health and Aging Policy Fellows Webinar Series

For their fellowship year Policy Symposium, the 2020-2021 Health and Aging Policy Fellows organized a special three-part webinar series called Fridays for Aging Policy. The series features experts who are shaping policy for the next decade on the timely and important topics of rural healthcare, health technology, and long-term care. The webinar recordings are available here:

1. Aging in Rural America: Addressing the Healthcare Shortage – Friday, September 10, 2021

2. Health Technology: Bridging the Technological Divide – Friday, September 17, 2021

3. Long-Term Care: Building Better Post-Pandemic – Friday, September 24, 2021

Dr. Jane Pederson appointed to Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA)

Dr. Jane Pederson (2018-2019 Fellow) has been appointed to the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) by Governor Tim Walz. The Board advises on and coordinates government plans around aging to ensure that Older American’s Act requirements are met. The MBA administers state and federal funds and also creates public awareness, encourages research on aging issues and provides technical assistance and grants to local aging organizations. By participating in board and committee meetings, MBA members work to create a collective vision that represents the best interests of older Minnesotans. Jane is looking forward to incorporating her expertise in long-term care and the learnings from her fellowship placement with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) into this appointment.

2019-2020 Fellows panel discussion on the Biden Healthcare Policy Agenda

On June 3, 2021, Angela Mattie (2019-2020 Fellow) moderated a Quinnipiac University webinar, featuring Thomas Eagen and Alison Hernandez – Fellows from her cohort (2019-2020) – to discuss the Biden healthcare policy agenda and current happenings at Capitol Hill. Following their fellowship year, all three Fellows have “paid it forward”: Angela has created a new course at Quinnipiac University called “Healthcare Policy and Politics” (HM 671), as a result of her work on Capitol Hill during her fellowship year; and both Thomas and Alison have remained on Capitol Hill as Legislative Assistants, sharing their wisdom of current healthcare policy matters of importance on the Hill during this webinar. Click here to watch the full panel discussion.