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Geriatrics Expert to Address Future of Healthcare at Hopkins Nursing

Posted: 4/20/2011

As the national healthcare debate continues to take center stage, one expert will share her thoughts on the country's healthcare system, and its impact on her life. Jennie Chin Hansen, chief executive officer of the American Geriatrics Society, will discuss "Recommendations and Lessons Learned: Healthcare Now and in the Future," at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30-5:30 in Room 202.

Topics Hansen will address in her presentation include challenges in older adult care, areas of healthcare that she has impacted, and personal experiences from her early nursing career.

Before joining the American Geriatrics Society, Hansen served as president of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) from 2008-2010 and held the distinction of being the youngest president and the first Asian American. She also is a past president of the American Society on Aging. Hansen teaches nursing at San Francisco State University and holds an appointment as Senior Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco's Center for the Health Professions. She also serves in various leadership roles that include commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, Lumetra (California's Quality Improvement Organization) and the California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO).

"We are honored to have Jennie Hansen speak to us about the future of healthcare and how she helped influence national healthcare reform," said Hai Yen Ho, BS '12, president of the Geriatric Interest Group who invited Hansen to speak. "Her dedication to nursing is an inspiration to future nurses everywhere."

The JHUSON's Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) is an organization with a special interest in gerontological nursing and the older adult population. It is dedicated to enhancing knowledge to improve the science and practice of quality of nursing care for older adults.