Public Policy Committee

Joanne Wisely
Vice President of Public Policy
[email protected]

Vice President of Public Policy

The Vice President (VP) of Public Policy oversees NAP’s Public Policy Committee, a standing committee of the organization, consisting of members from all academies, where feasible, to establish and promote policy principles and engage in advocacy to advance interprofessional collaboration in healthcare. This leadership role helps NAP to achieve our short and long-range strategic goals by identifying, implementing, and evaluating issues related to healthcare policy and advocacy. As a Vice President, both thought leadership and fiscal accountability are required personally and of the committees to assure NAP’s goals, budget, and strategic plan.

Vice President of Public Policy Qualifications

  • Time commitment: minimum 2 years
       *Weekly workload averages 4-6 hours per week
  • Preferred experience in public policy/advocacy work (interprofessional policy work a plus)
  • Prominent standing in the field of interprofessional healthcare and/or education
  • Broad vision for the future of interprofessional healthcare and understanding of the key points and issues NAP should be addressing to advance interprofessional collaborative practice
  • Ability to facilitate a committee with members who have diverse, experiences and backgrounds toward strategic public policy-related goals that align with the organization’s priorities
  • Ability to lead volunteers in setting annual policy agendas, drafting white papers and policy briefs, conducting literature reviews related to advocacy topics, facilitating policy dialogues and briefings with legislators and among members of professional communities, and crafting one-page advocacy sheets
  • Excellent group leadership, communication, and coordination skills

Vice President of Public Policy Duties

  • Communicate and coordinate public policy and advocacy initiatives from NAP’s strategic plan and collaborates with others as needed.
  • Develop a 5-year public policy plan to include annual goals and implementation strategies
  • Communicate in a timely manner with staff and committee members/work groups

          -Currently, the Public Policy Committee utilizes 3-4 work groups

          -The co-chairs of those work groups form the Public Policy Steering Committee

                        -The Steering Committee meets every other month and the full Public Policy 
                        Committee meets every other month (in rotation)

  • Convene regular meetings with the Public Policy Committee and Shared Work Group(s) to advance their work agenda.
  • Work collaboratively with other VPs and Committees as needed to advance NAP’s Public Policy agenda.
  • Work with Executive Director to ensure NAP follows all legal guidelines for 501c3. organizations as they relate to advocacy work.
  • Actively contribute to the leadership team of NAP as an Executive Committee member.
  • Willingly accepts responsibility and accountability for work and deadlines associated with this position.
  • Communicate with President and Executive Director as needed.
  • Serve on the NAP Executive Committee and Council and attends/participates in meetings and conference calls (the EC holds monthly conference calls, and the Council holds a minimum of two conference calls per year plus two face-to-face meetings annually).
  • Contribute to the NAP annual report at the annual Forum and business meeting.
  • Provide a summary report on the outcomes achieved by the Public Policy Committee in fulfilling their responsibilities upon request of the current NAP President and executive Director.