Event Detail

Take Action! Your Role in Health Care Reform Symposium

Join Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions in welcoming influential industry leaders to discuss specific federal health care reforms. Learn how to implement changes successfully and thrive in an ever-evolving health care environment. How will these reforms impact your future as a health care professional? Find out at the Take Action! Your Role in Health Care Reform Symposium.

This complimentary symposium includes the following keynote speakers, round table discussions and the opportunity to earn up to 3 contact hours.

Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS
17th Surgeon General of the United States

Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CNE
Executive Director, Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA)

Rory C. Hays, Attorney
Health Care Lobbyist



Event Details

Monday, March 25, 2013

Symposium: 6 - 9 p.m.

Grand Canyon University Arena
3300 W. Camelback Rd. | Phoenix, AZ 85017


Complimentary light refreshments and beverages will be served.


Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS
17th Surgeon General of the United States
Vice Chairman, Canyon Ranch
President, Canyon Ranch Institute
Distinguished Professor, Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona 
Richard Carmona In 2002, Dr. Carmona was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Carmona was selected because of his extensive experience in public health, clinical sciences, health care management, preparedness, and his commitment to prevention as an effective means to improve public health and reduce health care costs while improving the quality and quantity of life.

As Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona focused on prevention, preparedness, health disparities, health literacy, and global health to include health diplomacy. He also issued many landmark Surgeon General communications during his tenure, including the definitive Surgeon General's Report about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

In 2006, Dr. Carmona successfully completed the statutory four-year term of the U.S. Surgeon General and was named to the position of vice chairman for Canyon Ranch, the country's leading health and wellness company for over 30 years. He also serves as chief executive officer of the company's Health division and oversees health strategy and policy for all Canyon Ranch businesses. He is president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute and the first Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.


Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CNE
Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) 
Robin Schaeffer Robin Schaeffer currently serves as executive director for the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA), the largest and most widely recognized professional nursing organization in Arizona. Under Robin's directorship the association increased membership to a record high and secured a respected seat at the table during various state-level healthcare stakeholder meetings. Robin also serves as Executive Director of the Arizona Nurses Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of her association focused on awarding nursing scholarships to advance the nursing profession. She represents AzNA as the nurse Co-Lead for the Arizona Action Coalition, the state-level group that is implementing the national recommendations of the IOM Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report.

She also currently sits on various committees and boards at the state level including the Education Committee at the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center. She is a Certified Nurse Educator, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association, The Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.


Rory C. Hays, Attorney
Health Care Lobbyist
Rory C. Hays, a former Arizona Assistant Attorney General in Civil Division, is currently a sole practitioner attorney, specializing in public affairs and administrative law for over 25 years. Her practice areas include government regulation, natural resources, environment, criminal justice and health care. In 2004, the Arizona Republic named Hays as one of five most influential women lobbyists.


This activity has been submitted to the Arizona Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Arizona Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.