Samuel Merritt University Faculty Member Selected to Participate in National Advocacy Program on Healthcare Policy

Samuel Merritt University Faculty Member Selected to Participate in National Advocacy Program on Healthcare Policy

Oakland, Calif. (March 13, 2013)—Samuel Merritt University Assistant Professor Patricia Brennan is one of eight leaders in nursing education from across the nation chosen by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to take part in a program on healthcare policy.

The AACN inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive takes place in Washington, D.C. March 18-21.  The four-day immersion program is designed for faculty of AACN member schools who are interested in actively pursuing a role in healthcare and nursing policy at the local, state, and national levels.

The program offers participants the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge of policy and advocacy through sessions that will strengthen understanding of the legislative process and the dynamic relationships between federal departments and agencies, national nursing organizations, and the individual advocate.

The Faculty Policy Intensive provides opportunities to:
•    Meet with leadership from federal departments and agencies to discuss policy initiatives for the nursing profession
•    Network with Hill staff at AACN’s Congressional Reception
•    Attend workshops to strengthen and refine communication skills for effective advocacy
•    Engage with representatives from national professional nursing organizations on current healthcare issues and the role of the collective voice

Background: Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University where she teaches critical care, health policy and leadership for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. Dr. Brennan recently completed an NIH appointment as Faculty Champion for Genetics and Genomics and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the NIH National Genome Research Institute’s Genetics and Genomics Competency Center. Her research interests include health policy issues related to access to care, particularly in regard to genetics and genomics and acuity based models of organ allocation.

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Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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