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Health Policy Committee

 The ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Committee is comprised of members who have experience with and/or interest in health care policy. The Committee monitors regulations and public policy activities within Massachusetts though periodic electronic updates. The Committee also makes recommendations for statewide legislative and regulatory priorities for the Association and its membership. The national perspective on key health issues is provided by the American Nurses Association.


Participation on the Committee, which comes together on a monthly basis via conference call or at “in person” meetings, offers nurses the opportunity to become actively engaged in the political process.


The Health Policy Committee

  • advises the ANA Massachusetts Board of Directors on legislative and health policy priorities
  • advocates ANA Massachusetts positions on established priorities through legislative testimony, website postings, published articles, position papers
  • educates and updates ANA Massachusetts members regarding current legislative priorities
  • provides a mechanism for political activity regarding health policy and legislative issues


Examples of Committee Member Activities

  • Attend public hearings
  • Present testimony
  • Attend educational sessions related to public policy issues
  • Participate in coalitions
  • Meet with legislators
  • Represent ANA - Massachusetts in public forums
  • Present at schools of nursing
  • Write for the ANA - Massachusetts newsletter

Health Policy Committee Members
Chair: Barbara Giles MSN, RN
Cathy Colleran-Santos, DNP, RN
Margaret Blum MA, RNC
Myra Cacace, MS, GNP/ADM-BC, CDE
Linda Connor, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN
Sabianca Delva, RN, BSN
Cassandra Durgin, RN
Maura Flynn RN, BS, DNC
Jennifer Gil, RN
Donna Harvey, MS, RN, CNOR
Mary Manning, MN, RN
Angela Nannini, MSN, PhD
Gayle Peterson RN-BC
Christine Schrauf, PhD, RN, MBA
Patricia Ruggles, RN, BSc, CRNO
Eleanor Vanetzian PhD, RN, CS


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Questions? Contact ANA Massachusetts at or 617-990-2856. 



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