Washington Health Policy Institute Begins Today

Posted: June 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

The George Mason Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics’ (CHPRE) 14th Annual Washington Health Policy Institute (WHPI) begins today in the Original Building, Room 244, on the Arlington Campus.

Attendees will receive an in-depth overview of the health policymaking process while examining the role of governmental bodies and organizations and how to influence them in this process.

Lectures and interactive sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including the political, economic, social, technological and international factors influencing health policymaking, the use of health services research on influencing policymaking and the role of federal and state agencies in the policymaking process.

Scheduled speakers include Rose Gonzales, American Nurses Association director of government affairs; Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Maryland state delegate; Alexia Green, dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Nursing; and Jim Bentley, American Hospital Association senior vice president of strategic policy planning.

On Thursday, June 8, WHPI attendees will visit Capitol Hill, where they will attend briefings by members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and visit the offices of these officials.

In an effort to promote attendees to conduct research on health policymaking after the end of the institute’s annual meeting, CHPRE is offering the Policy Research Membership Program, which includes a call for proposals on topics including health care quality oversight and disaster preparedness.

Successful applicants will receive $2,500 awards from CHPRE, with the possibility of receiving matching funds from their home organizations or institutions, to support their proposed research and presentation of their finished policy analysis project at the 2007 WHPI meeting.

More information on the Washington Health Policy Institute and the Policy Research Membership Program is available from the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics. Contact Tim Henderson, CHPRE director at 703-993-1850 or thender1@gmu.edu for more information.

Write to at