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Outstanding Leadership Award

Winifred V. Quinn


Dr. Quinn serves as Director for Advocacy and Consumer Affairs at the Center to Champion

Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She co-directs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of those same organizations that is building a healthier America through nursing. The Campaign is guided by landmark future of nursing reports by the Institute of Medicine (2011) and the National Academy of Medicine (2021).

Dr. Quinn directs the Campaign’s strategies on stakeholder engagement, access to care and services, and building a diverse and inclusive nursing profession. Since the Campaign launched, Dr. Quinn has helped the Action Coalitions engage 2,200 organizations from multiple sectors, raising $130 million since 2011.

Dr. Quinn created the Campaign’s "Winning Strategies" to help state-based coalitions achieve full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including helping 14 states achieve full practice authority for APRNs. She also helped five states update their laws to allow registered nurses to delegate their tasks to home health aides. This work has improved access to care provided by APRNs for tens of millions of Americans including Medicare beneficiaries, Veterans, and their families.


Additionally, Dr. Quinn helped to develop the telehealth policy work for AARP's Public Policy Institute and has helped to support AARP innovations group in developing AARP's virtual

reality products for family caregivers. Dr. Quinn has produced national convenings pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Campaign’s Health Equity Action Forums engaged and activated a broad range of stakeholders to help build a more diverse nursing profession to achieve equitable care. She leads the Campaign’s team that organizes Mentoring Support Programs for Historically Black Colleges & Universities as well as Hispanic-Serving and American Indian/Native American-serving schools of nursing. Dr. Quinn also sparked a coalition that obtained historic Medicare funding for graduate-level nursing education.

Dr. Quinn is an alumna of Union County College and Douglass College. She obtained her PhD in health communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Dr. Quinn received an Honorary Doctorate in Community Service by the University of Portland. She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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