Dr. Harrison Named Health and Aging Policy Fellow
Posted: Oct. 4, 2011
Dr. Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN, FNP, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health and Human Services for 2011-2012.
The fellowship provides an opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills needed to contribute to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. As one of five non-residential track fellows, Harrison will work on policy projects relevant to the health of people aging with disabilities. This program, which is partnered with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program, will also provide activities intended to enhance professional understanding of the federal government. A major goal of the Fellows program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help affect policy and to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy that will ultimately improve the health of older adults.
Harrison's policy interests are in federal and state laws that affect the long-term health related benefits of women aging with disabilities, which include worker’s compensation, Medicare and Medicaid-related legislation. These interests stem from her work in studying health disparities in disablement outcomes in older Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White women with mobility impairments. Women from across the state have been interviewed in English or Spanish about their experiences after the onset of a mobility impairment. Harrison intends to contextualize her findings from this study in a firm understanding of the policies available to support women and minorities as they age with or into a disability.
Harrison received a pre-doctoral institutional national research service award from the National Institute of Nursing Research focused in women’s health, and funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation for her work on aging and disability. She was also named a Harrington Dissertation Fellow by The University of Texas at Austin for her work on the experiences of elders aging with the effects of early onset polio.