Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the largest association representing skilled care centers and assisted living communities in the country, today announced that Dana Halvorson, an experienced Capitol Hill advocate, will join the Association as Director of Not for Profit and Constituent Services.
“Dana brings a unique blend of health care advocacy and Capitol Hill expertise to our team, and we are proud that she will oversee and direct services to our not for profit and developmental disabilities residential services provider members,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.
In her new role, Halvorson will staff the Association’s Not for Profit Council, representing over 25 percent of the association’s total membership. She will also coordinate the Association’s Developmental Disabilities Residential Services Committee, overseeing member services to developmental disabilities (DD) residential services providers, including intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs/IID) and home and community based waiver group homes for individuals with DD.
As a new part of the position, Halvorson will manage senior housing issues and serve as a liaison between AHCA’s 11,000-strong membership and agencies like the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Halvorson most recently worked at the American College of Surgeons where she served as a Congressional Affairs Associate. She spent seven years working on health policy issues for Senator Kent Conrad, serving as senior health policy advisor and intern manager. In 2011, Halvorson was honored by the Institute for e-Health Policy for her staff leadership on the U.S. Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics.
Halvorson graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2005.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.