Health Policy

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 first-hand experience with the effects of regulations and laws on patient care.

Our goal in policy involvement is to use this first-hand expertise to effect policy change aimed at:

  • reducing medical errors,
  • improving patient safety,
  • improving efficiency and quality of care,
  • expanding preventative care,
  • promoting wellness,
  • reducing cost, and
  • coordinating care across the health care system.

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.

Policy in Action

Ed Salsberg

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).


Dr. Dana Hines

There are many health and social disparities across society and our very own Dr. Dana Hines actively works to close those gaps in policy, currently focusing on the transgender community and helping to prepare nurses for this population of individuals.


"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."

Mary Jean Schumann

Executive Director
Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement