Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement

Your Trusted Source on Health Policy Education

The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement is committed to increasing visibility across health care disciplines to educate the public about their expertise, perspectives and work. Developing the right health and social policies for the nation depends upon doing so.

  • Educate nurses, allied health professionals and students in health policy and media.
  • Use research and scholarship to inform policy discussions and solutions.
  • Design curricula, experiences and mentorships that support nurses and allied health professionals as leaders in advancing the health of populations and policies that improve delivery systems for high-quality care.
  • Increase knowledge and skills of nurses and allied health professionals in using the media to disseminate research and informed perspectives that will shape health policy.
  • Engage the public in discussions of health policy with nurses, allied health professionals and journalists.

Led by Executive Director Jean Johnson, and supported Senior Policy Service Professor Diana Mason, our strategic location in Washington, D.C., provides proximity to government agencies and policymakers, policy professionals, lobbyists and think tanks. Nurses have an important perspective on health policy, given their daily firsthand experience with the effects of regulations and laws on patient care.

Nurses constitute up to 80 percent of the health care workforce, with 3.6 million working in the U.S. Numerous annual Gallup polls show they are the most respected of all health care providers. That gives nurses clout as advocates, and it makes the time ripe for nurses to move beyond the bedside to make and shape the future of health policy.

Through the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, a pillar of the school's mission, GW Nursing is emphasizing the importance of nursing's voice in health debates, while weaving policy into curricula and advocating for patients at every level. 

Mission and Goals

Policy in Action

The efforts of GW Nursing's faculty, students and staff to influence policy are supported by our other efforts in research, education and service initiatives. Faculty and students work together to conduct research that informs public health policy decisions.

Ed Salsberg Discusses Health Workforce Innovation

Working on nursing and health care workforce issues for decades, Ed Salsberg is a research instructor at GW Nursing. He has spent many years studying health care workforce trends for the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), New York State Department of Health and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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Faculty Headed To Capitol Hill To Shape Policy

Dr. Ellen Kurtzman, an associate professor at GW Nursing, was named one of this year’s eight Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship recipients by the National Academy of Medicine. 


"Policy is involved in everything that we do. In this field, there are policy implications for the way you practice or the way you want to practice."

Dr. Jean Johnson

Executive Director
Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement