People, Health & Policy

Our goals:

  • Make health policy easy-to-understand.

  • Get people engaged in the healthcare debate.

  • Simplify the complicated world of healthcare.



 Carole R Myers, PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Myers is a strong advocate for access to high-quality, cost-effective care where nurses maximally contribute to improve patient, community, and system outcomes.  Myers frequently writes and speaks on issues related to health and health care. She recently has been contributing to discussions on national health reform, the transformation of health care, the role of APRNs, and grassroots advocacy.  Myers recently launched HealthConnections, a twice-monthly radio show on WUOT, the Knoxville NPR-affiliate.  Myers posts blogs on the HealthCetera website and the Huffington Post and is an avid Tweeter (follow her at @TNpolicynurse) and writer of OpEds.

Myers coordinates interdisciplinary graduate health policy courses and a graduate certificate in health policy.  Dr. Myers conducts research that centers on policymaking and health services with an emphasis on access to care, TennCare, public health programs, and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Carole's Accomplishments

  • Appointed as Senior Fellow Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University College of Nursing (2017)

  • Participant of American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Policy Intensive (2017)

  • Appointed to the Tennessee Scope of Practice Legislative Task Force and elected co-chair

  • Selected as Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Leadership Development Fellow (2015)

  • Selected as American Advocacy Institute Fellow (2012)

  • Awarded the TN-PAC Advocacy Award (2012)

  • Awarded American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence (2011)

  • Awarded Louise Browning Political Nurse Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association (2010)


"I saw a need to translate what was being discussed in Nashville and Washington DC so it could be understood at a personal level."

- Carole r Myers, pHD


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