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WINIFRED V. QUINN

PhD, FAANP(h)

Winifred V. Quinn is a highly accomplished expert in health care policy, advocacy, and relationship management. Dr. Quinn’s passion is to improve the quality of life for older adults, their families, and people who lack equal access to care and resources to support their well-being. She currently serves as AARP’s Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs, Center to Champion Nursing in America. Dr. Quinn helps direct a national campaign dedicated to achieving health equity through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which is guided by the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM, now the National Academy Medicine or NAM) 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s clarion call to achieve health equity. 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 more than $94 million over a ten-year period. She also helped shift 20% of New Jersey’s Medicaid long-term care funding from nursing homes to home and community-based spending.


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 15 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 advanced practice registered nurses for tens of millions of Americans including Medicare beneficiaries, Veterans, and their families. 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. Goals for these programs are retaining and graduating nursing students and helping them pass their licensing exams.


Dr. Quinn’s work includes innovations in workforce and technology, and their related policies, and how they can help older adults choose to live at home and with dignity. Dr. Quinn established AARP’s policy foothold on telehealth to help older adults receive care at home and to support families. She also drafted AARP’s Innovation Labs first business plan for virtual reality, co-founded an AARP employee group to improve employees’ digital literacy, and is the former Chair of AARP’s LGBTQ employee resource group.


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 is also an Honorary Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She became an advocate as a young adult while caring for her aging parents. Witnessing their decreased quality of life because of policy shortcomings sparked her drive to make life better for older adults and their families. She dedicates this recognition to her parents’ memory