Joan Weiss, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN

Senior Advisor
Health Resources and Services Administration

Joan Weiss, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN is an adult and gerontological nurse practitioner who serves as the Senior Advisor in the Division of Medicine and Dentistry (DMD) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She is the primary advisor to the Director on geriatrics-related issues and all phases of management responsibilities for the DMD. Her experience in interprofessional practice and education spans 30 years. She is the Designated Federal Official for the Federal Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages. She is the HRSA representative on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Services, and HHS interagency workgroups on palliative care, elder justice, and caregiving. She advises on the development of performance measures for HRSA’s geriatrics education programs. She has served in many leadership positions at HRSA including Director of the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education and Acting Director of the Division of Nursing. She is the recipient of the 2015 Secretary’s Meritorious Group Award, the 2011 University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award and numerous Public Health Service awards. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.


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