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NYU College of Nursing’s Dr. Cortes Named to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program for 2013-2014

July 10, 2013
N-371, 2012-13

New York University College of Nursing’s (NYUCN) Dr. Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and professor of Geriatric Nursing, was recently named to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows 2013-2014 Program in the non-residential track.  The year-long Program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. The key partners in this effort are the American Political Science Association which has established the most respected and longest running policy fellowship program in Washington, DC. and Atlantic Philanthropies, which provides funding for the fellowship.

“One of today’s greatest policy challenges is how to ensure that the U.S. health care system can meet the needs of a rapidly increasing older population,” said Dr. Cortes. “Overcoming this challenge will require the translation of cutting-edge science and practical clinical experience into sound health policy."

The goal of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help lead this effort, and in so doing, shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans.

“My work within the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU College of Nursing is focused on advancing interdisciplinary models across the continuum of care to support healthy aging in place and to promote access of care to vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Cortes.

The non-residential track allows fellows to remain at their home institution but work on a policy project that involves brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. Core program components focusing on career development and professional enrichment are also provided for fellows.

Fellows are selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows program is directed by Harold Alan Pincus, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University (in collaboration with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program) and made possible by the generous support of The Atlantic Philanthropies.  Additional funding is provided by the CDC and the GSA's National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and through partnerships with other agencies and organizations.

About New York University College of Nursing:

NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit nursing.nyu.edu


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Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

NYUCN's Dr. Cortes is Named to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program for 2013-2014

Dr. Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and professor of Geriatric Nursing


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