Nursing Dean to Co-Chair Health Reform Committee

Peragallo named to Health Project Workforce Initiative in Washington, D.C.

Coral Gables (June 07, 2011) — Dean and Professor Nilda (Nena) Peragallo, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has been named Co-Chair of the Health Project Workforce Initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

In 2007, former Senate Minority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell founded the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a non-profit organization that develops and promotes solutions that draw support from both Republicans and Democrats and generates the necessary political momentum to achieve real progress. As the only Washington-based organization promoting bipartisanship as an effective means of overcoming the challenges facing the nation, the BPC is working to restore civility and respectful discourse to the national debate.

“I am honored to serve on the Health Project Workforce Initiative and look forward to serving along with other dedicated professionals in tackling some of the challenging health care issues of our time,” said Dean Peragallo.

The BPC currently has projects focused on healthcare, energy, national and homeland security, economic policy and transportation. Each of these initiatives is headed by a diverse team of political and business leaders, substantive experts and academics who work closely with the policy specialists and former congressional and White House aides to develop consensus-based solutions that both Republicans and Democrats can support. The Bipartisan Policy Center Action Network, the BPC’s c(4) organization, provides strategic advice and political advocacy to ensure our projects’ policy recommendations have traction in congress, the Executive Branch and the stakeholder community.

As Co-Chair of the Health Project Workforce Initiative, Dean Peragallo’s committee will have two key goals. The first goal is to identify and analyze challenging workforce issues about how to structure, educate, retain, license and regulate a healthcare workforce able to deliver patient-centered, team-based, high quality care and produce a set of policy options. The second goal will be to produce a set of policy options and issue briefs to convey interdisciplinary needs and state challenges and communicate findings at the federal level.

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About the School of Nursing and Health Studies
Established in 1948 as South Florida’s first collegiate nursing program, the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami has a distinguished tradition of preparing nurses to provide compassionate, quality care to local, national and international communities. Nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are educated by renowned scholars and exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences and cutting-edge research. In February 2005, the School expanded its program offerings to include the University of Miami’s Health Science program and changed its name to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The expanded curriculum includes programs leading to the BSN, MSN, PhD, and DNP degrees as well as the BS in Health Science degree. www.miami.edu/sonhs

About the University of Miami
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