Joanne M. Pohl

Dr. Joanne Pohl, Professor Emerita

Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Professor Emerita
Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (Div. II)
Room 3330

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0347
Fax: (734) 647-0351

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Primary care
  • Nurse managed health centers
  • Outcomes and cost of care in primary care
  • Health informatics in primary care
  • Health disparities

Bringing more than thirty years of experience as a nurse practitioner to all of her pursuits, Dr. Pohl’s scholarship focuses on health outcomes, cost of care in nurse managed health centers, and health informatics in safety net practices. At the University of Michigan, she directed the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program and served as Associate Dean for Community Partnerships for eight years. She is a recent past president of NONPF and is actively involved in policy related to primary care and nurse practitioners. She has been involved in the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • "A Partnership for Clinician EHR Use and Quality of Care." Funded by AHRQ Ambulatory Safety and Quality Program: Improving Quality through Clinician Use of Health IT. 2007-2011. PI.
  • Consultant on HRSA/AHRQ Grant: CHARN, ARRA-Community Health Applied Research Network: A Community Alliance for Technology Enabled Comparative Effectiveness Research Grant #UB2HA20234. 2010-2013
  • Co-PI on HRSA grant "Expanding a Nurse-Managed Health Clinic to Improve Access to Care and Facilitate Training of the Nurse Practitioner Work Force." 2010-2013


Dr. Pohl has provided leadership in teaching in the nurse practitioner programs in the School of Nursing as well as in mentoring doctoral students. She has consulted on topics related to advanced practice nursing both nationally and abroad and directed the Adult NP track from 1993-2000 before taking on an Associate Dean position in the school. She remains involved in the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Currently, she is serving as a Visiting Professor for the 2011-2012 school year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Affiliations / Service

  • Institute of Medicine Committee: Geographic Adjustment Factors in Medicare Payment, 2011-2012
  • Member, Bipartisan Policy Center Expert Panel on Healthcare Workforce Issues, 2011
  • Editorial Board of Primary Care Insight, an electronic newsletter focused on innovation in primary care delivery and education, 2011
  • Member, Nursing Alliance for Quality Care Board of Directors, 2010-present
  • Fellow and Member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2010
  • Member, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners - Policy Committee, 2008-present
  • Member, Quality and Safety for Education of Nurses/QSEN - Advisory Board, 2006-present
  • Member, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (President Elect & President, 2004-2006 ; Board of Directors & Chair: Faculty Practice, 1997-2001)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Rho Chapter - Nominating Committee, 2001-2002
  • Member, Substance Abuse Research Center - Nominating Committee, 2001-2002
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2000 (currently an Edgerunner)
  • Member, American College of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Member, American Nurses Association

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2011
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2010
  • President’s Leadership Award, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, 2009
  • Achievement in Research Award, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2006
  • Honor a Researcher Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2004
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2000


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1979
  • BS, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, 1969
  • Diploma in Nursing, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1964

Publication Highlights

  • Dennehy, P, White, M, Hamilton, A, Pohl, JM, Tanner, C, Onifade, TJ, & Zheng, K. (2011). A Partnership Model for Implementing Electronic Health Records in Resource-Limited Primary Care Settings: Experiences from Two Nurse Managed Health Centers. Journal of the American Informatics Association. 18(6):820–6. PMID: 21828225; Doi 10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000117.
  • Pohl, JM, Tanner, C, Pilon, B., & Benkert, R. (2011). Comparison of Nurse Managed Health Centers with Community Health Centers as Safety Net Providers. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 12(2) 90 - 99. DOI 10.1177/1527154411417882.
  • Barkauskas, V.H., Pohl, J.M., Tanner, C., Onifade, T.J., & Pilon, B. (2011). Quality of Care in Nurse Managed Health Centers. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 25(1), DOI: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3182032165, 35-41.
  • Pohl, J.M., Hanson, C., Newland, J., Cronenwett, L. (2010). Unleashing the full potential of nurse practitioners to deliver primary care and lead health care teams. Analysis and Commentary in Health Affairs,29(5), 900-905.
  • Pohl, J.M., Hanson, C., Newland, J. (2010). Nurse practitioners as primary care providers: History, context, and opportunities. Commissioned paper by the Josiah Macy Foundation for their conference on “Primary Care: Who will provide it and how will they be trained?”. Raleigh North Carolina, January 8-10, 2010.
  • Pohl, J.M., Tanner, C., Barkauskas, V.H., Gans, D., Nagelkerk, J., & Fiandt, K. (2010). Nurse Managed Health Centers' National Survey: Three Years of Data. Nursing Outlook,58 (2),97-103.
  • Pohl, J.M., Savrin, C., Fiandt, K., Beauchesne, M., Drayton-Brooks, S., Scheibmeir, M., Brackley, M., Werner, K. (2009). Quality and safety in graduate nursing education: Cross mapping QSEN graduate competencies with NONPF’s NP core and practice doctorate competencies. Nursing Outlook.57(6),349-354.
  • Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Pohl, J., Barnsteiner, J., Moore, S., et al. (2009). Quality and safety education for advanced nursing practice. Nursing Outlook, 57(6), 338-348.
  • Vonderheid, S., Pohl, J.M., Tanner, C., Newland, J., & Gans, D. (2009). CPT coding patterns at nurse managed centers: Data from a national survey. Nursing Economics, 27(4), 211-220.
  • Zheng K, McGrath D, Hamilton A, Tanner C, White M, Pohl, JM.(2009) Assessing organizational readiness for adopting electronic health record systems: A case study in ambulatory practices. Journal of Decision Systems. 8(1), 117-40.
  • Pohl, J.M., Sebastian, J.G., Barkauskas, V.H., Breer, L., Williams, C., Stanhope, M., Nagelkerk, J., & Rogers, M.K. (2007). Characteristics of nursing schools operating academic nurse managed centers. Nursing Outlook 55(8).
  • Pohl, J.M., Barkauskas, V.H., Benkert, R., Breer, L., Bostrom, A., 2007). Impact of academic nurse managed centers on communities served. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 19(5) 268.
  • Barkauskas, V.H., Schafer, P., Sebastian, J.G., Pohl, J. M., Benkert, R., Nagelkerk, J., Stanhope, M., Vonderheid, S.C., Tanner, C.L. (2006). Clients Served and Services Provided by Academic Nurse-Managed Centers. Journal of Professional Nursing. 22(6), 331-338.
  • Pohl, J. M., Breer, L., Tanner, C., Barkauskas, V., Bleich, M., Bomar, M., Fiandt, K., Jenkins, M., Lundeen, S., Mackey, T., Nagelkerk, J., Werner, K. (2006). National consensus on data elements for nurse managed health centers. Nursing Outlook, 54(2).
  • Pohl, J. M., Vonderheid, S., Barkauskas, V., & Nagelkerk, J. (2006). Critical elements for tracking financial data in academic nurse managed centers. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners,10(4), 10-16.