About The Center

Meet Our Team

The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement has an active core faculty that is highly engaged in the strategic planning and activities of the Center.

The core faculty are:

Jean Johnson

Jean Johnson

Jean E. Johnson,  PhD, RN, FAAN, has engaged in policy issues related to nurse practitioner payment and scope of practice as well as quality of care issues in longterm care. Building on her PhD in policy, presidency of two national nurse practitioner organizations, founding dean of the GW School of Nursing, and serving on numerous committees, she has engaged in policy issues, conversations, and advocacy advancing healthcare quality and access as well as containment of the ever increasing health costs.

Ellen Kurtzman

Ellen T. Kurtzman

Ellen T. Kurtzman, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is a nurse and health services researcher whose program of research explores the impact of federal, state, and institutional policies on health care quality and the role of the health care workforce in achieving higher value care. In 2014, Dr. Kurtzman was named the National Center for Health Statistics/Academy Health Health Policy Fellow, and she currently serves as a 2018-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow.

Diana Mason

Diana J. Mason

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been a leader in developing nursing's voice on important policy issues of our times. As president of the American Academy of Nursing, she led the organization's enhanced focus on developing policy positions on myriad health and social issues.  Through her writings, speaking and consultations, she has helped to educate multiple generations of nurses on the relevance of policy to practice, research and health promotion and enlarged nursing's voice in policy on local, regional, national and global levels.

Jeunyoung Park

Jeongyoung Park

Jeongyoung Park,  PhD, MPH, focuses her research on three major areas: (1) Health care policy, delivery and payment system; (2) Health care workforce; and (3) Health care access, costs, and outcomes. Dr. Park has been conducting various research to evaluate health policies and strategies for improving quality of care, with special emphasis on health care workforce (including but not limited to the nursing workforce) as the backbone of reforming health care systems. Her goal is to make a significant contribution to a timely and important policy debate.

Joyce Pulcini

Joyce Pulcini

Joyce Pulcini, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, is a professor at GW School of Nursing and where she served as the Director of Community and Global Initiatives for over 6 years as well as Chair of the Acute and Chronic Care Community. Dr. Pulcini has a career of over 30 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), educator and author and has been a leader in health care and nursing policy at local, state and national levels. She was inaugural Chair of the Expert Panel on Primary Care at the AAN, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Edward Salsburg

Edward Salsberg

Edward Salsberg, MPA, is a leading national expert of health workforce studies. Over the past 25 years, he was the founding director of three health workforce research centers including the DHHS National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. In these positions, Mr. Salsberg has actively promoted and helped improve health workforce data collection and analysis. Mr. Salsberg regularly tracks and publishes on registered nurse and nurse practitioner supply and demand.

Mary Jean Schuman

Mary Jean Schumann

Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP, FAAN is an associate professor in the Policy, Populations and Systems Community. Dr. Schumann’s focus on policy activity and teaching builds on her 10 years’ experience as the Director of Practice and Policy and Chief Programs Officer for the American Nurses Association, as well as her MBA and DNP. She engages at the intersection of quality, policy and finance in health care and nursing, has overseen the implementation and aggregation of nursing sensitive measurement data, patient engagement strategies and the integration of policy with scopes and standards of practice, certification and regulation of APRNs, and in governmental affairs. Having served as executive director of two national health care organizations focused on children and families, and as a pediatric nurse practitioner, she has emphasized policies and practices that improve the quality and delivery of services to children, adolescents, young adults and their parents.  

Y. Tony Yang

Tony Yang

Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH, chiefly focuses his scholarly interest in policy issues at the intersection of the legal and health systems, especially in the following areas: Vaccination Law and Policy, Pharmaceuticals and FDA-regulated Products, Medical Malpractice and Maternity Care. He takes an empirical approach to most of his research, blending methods from the econometrical and statistical sciences with more traditional legal research methods. He seeks to work on some of the most pressing health policy issues of the day to provide new and valuable information for policymakers.

David Keepnews

David M. Keepnews

David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is a nationally recognized policy specialist, nurse educator, administrator, and consultant. His work has focused on reimbursement, workforce, ethical and legal issues related to nursing and health care policy. He has served on the professional staff of state and national nursing organizations and in volunteer leadership roles in several organizations, including previous service on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing. He served for a decade as Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, a scholarly journal focused on nursing and health policy. He has published, spoken and taught widely on nursing and health policy.