Carole R. Myers, PhD, RN, is an associate professor in the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Nursing with a joint appointment in the university’s Department of Public Health. She coordinates interdisciplinary graduate health policy courses and a graduate certificate in health policy. Dr.Myers’ research centers on policymaking and health services with an emphasis on access to care, TennCare, public health programs and advanced practice registered nurses. She was a 2012 American Advocacy Institute Fellow and is a strong advocate for access to high-quality, cost-effective care. Dr. Myers has received the TN-PAC Advocacy Award, the Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Tennessee Nurses Association Louise Browning Political Nurse Award. She frequently writes and speaks to professional and community groups about the Affordable Care Act and other aspects of national health care reform. Dr. Myers served as co-chair of the Tennessee Scope of Practice legislative task force and has recently been leading discussions on the transformation of health care and the role of APRNs and grassroots advocacy. She brings her health policy expertise to the airwaves twice a month on NPR’s Morning News at 91.9 FM WUOT in Knoxville.