Center for Health Policy


The Center for Health Policy's research informs policies aimed at improving the availability, affordability, safety, and effectiveness of health care nationwide.


The Center for Health Policy (CHP) at Columbia University School of Nursing is dedicated to supporting the training of nurses in health policy methods as well as developing and disseminating knowledge that informs health policymakers at all levels.

The Center provides opportunities for Columbia Nursing students in all programs to learn how advocacy and policy are integral parts of nursing, affecting not only the life of each patient, but also the practice of each nurse. The Center supports training of nurses to help shape the national discussion on public health. Within the School of Nursing and the university at large, associated pre- and postdoctoral fellows are provided with interdisciplinary mentoring in health policy research. This helps prepare them for influential careers as nurse scientists and advocates, whether they find themselves working in the hospital, the university the boardroom, or the statehouse. 

 Faculty work with interdisciplinary partners at the local, state, and national levels to develop and evaluate health policy interventions to improve the health of the public. This interdisciplinary health services research broadens students’ educational experiences and expands knowledge about how health care systems work. The Center's research informs policies aimed at improving the availability, affordability, safety, and effectiveness of health care nationwide.



The Center’s activities include educating nurses in health policy, conducting research that informs health policy, and sponsoring events that support interdisciplinary dialogue on best practices in the implementation of various health policy initiatives. 



The Center provides research training and mentoring opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral fellows to prepare them for careers that will have a significant impact on the health of the nation’s population. The National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) has funded Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness Research Training for Nurse Scientists (CER2), a pre- and postdoctoral T32 fellowship program that provides an opportunity to train future nurse researchers. This initiative allows students to experience firsthand the rigors of a career in academic health policy research.


The Center takes an active role in developing Columbia Nursing’s health policy classes and curriculum and collaborates with faculty to ensure health policy issues are integrated into coursework in all academic programs.



Research has been an integral strength of the Center since its founding. Faculty associated with the Center conduct real world comparative effectiveness studies aimed at providing knowledge to help clinicians, administrators and policymakers improve the population’s health equitably and efficiently. These studies address health care delivery questions across the continuum of care including primary care practices, home health care, hospitals, school health, nursing homes, and public health departments.

The Center receives research funding from both federal and foundation sources.



The Center hosts an annual interdisciplinary forum for the sharing of health policy research and ideas. This event brings students, alumni, and faculty together with clinicians and leading health policy experts. Our students also travel to national policy summits and research conferences where their policy efforts have earned awards and national recognition.



Nurses make up the largest part of the health care workforce. Nursing leaders are frequently asked to advise regulators about various laws and guidelines that impact how nurses are able to care for patients, families, and communities.

The Center for Health Policy has influenced many federal, state, and local regulations that affect public health. Center faculty were actively involved in advocating for the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act, which allows experienced nurse practitioners to practice independently without the direct supervision of a physician.

The Center was also integral to the policy debate preceding passage of New York State’s Safe Patient Handling Act, which requires health care settings to provide appropriate equipment for nurses who must lift or transfer patients.

The Center’s research provides the evidence-based knowledge required to identify and address problem areas within the health care system. Our efforts prepare better-informed students and help policymakers create improved policies and regulations. The Center’s work illustrates the concept that when nurses work together to make their voices heard, we can effect meaningful changes in all areas of the health care system.


Patricia W. Stone, PhD, FAAN
Director, Center for Health Policy
Centennial Professor in Health Policy
560 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
Phone: (212) 305-1738

Judith Kelson, MSW
Program Administrator
560 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 342-4172
Advisory Board Members
Heidi L. Allen, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, Columbia School of Social Work
Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO, Jonas Philanthropies, and a Senior Fellow at Jonas Nursing & Veterans Healthcare at Columbia University
Reva Feinstein, MPA, Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, Columbia School of Nursing
Stephen Ferrara, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Columbia School of Nursing
Ross Frommer, JD, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs and Associate Dean, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Miriam Laugesen, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health 
Jacqueline Merrill, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Professor and Director, Laboratory for Informatics, Complexity and Organizational Study, Columbia School of Nursing