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New “Stories from the Nexus” Highlight Practice Transformations

Podcasts explore how interprofessional teams at the University of Rochester Medical Center collaborated to initiate change in their practice settings. 
Nexus Innovations Incubator Network

Five Reasons to be Excited for CAB V

Prepping for CAB V? We are! Read five reasons to be excited for this year’s conference in Roanoke. Don’t forget:  Register by August 14 to receive the reduced rate. 

In This Issue

What's New at the National Center?

What’s New in the Resource Exchange?
Chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) consensus committee, Dr. Malcolm Cox, shared key findings from the committee’s April 2015 report, “Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes.” During his recorded presentation, Dr. Cox discusses actions that interprofessional stakeholders can take to effectively measure the impact of IPE, as well as the evidence for establishing a direct cause-and-effect relationship between IPE and patient, population and system outcomes. After listening to the presentation, participate in an ongoing conversation about the consensus report in the National Center Forum.

Wondering if the “Preceptors in the Nexus” toolkit is right for you? A recently hosted webinar with the toolkit authors outlined the tools – including modules and small group activities – available to support the professional development of clinical preceptors who facilitate interprofessional teams of learners.

“Enhancing Health Professions Education through Technology: Building a Continuously Learning Health System” provides a summary of recommendations from an April 2015 conference hosted by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The report outlines best practices for health professions schools and health care organizations regarding the use of existing and emerging technologies to enhance health professions and promote continuous learning.

By exploring the evolving role of global academic health centers, The Transformation of Academic Health Centers, edited by Steven Wartman, provides insights and leadership perspectives on health care, health professions education and bio-medical and clinical research. The book includes a chapter, written by Dr. Barbara Brandt and Dr. Frank Cerra, describing the redesign of health care and education currently underway. The chapter also highlights how the Nexus Learning Model can be used to achieve improved health and education outcomes.

Additionally, the Journal of Interprofessional Care recently published “Setting a Research Agenda for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) in the Context of United States Health System Reform.” This article, authored by the National Center’s Dr. Brandt, Dr. Cerra, Dr. Nawal Lutfiyya and advisors Dr. Connie Delaney and Dr. Judith Pechacek, describes the direction and scope of the National Center’s research agenda. Read next month’s “News from the Nexus” to learn more about our science and research strategy.

Over the years, many resources have contributed to the discussion surrounding interprofessional practice and education. Community moderator Madeline Schmitt submitted an annotated bibliography, which provides an overview of these resources, including each respective abstract and list of references, dating from 1997 – 2013. 

Want to share your resources with the broader IPE community? Consider adding them to the Resource Exchange. Uploading materials only takes a few minutes and it’s a great way to disseminate your information to thousands of individuals and organizations. Tips for getting started are available in this guide.  

Meet a Community Moderator:  This month, we’re highlighting Jody Frost, the lead academic affairs specialist and program director of the Education Leadership Institute Fellowship at the American Physical Therapy Association. As a community moderator, she’s available to answer your IPE-related questions or make connections with others in the field. Click here to learn more about Jody.

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A Call For...

Proposals: Interprofessional Oral-Systemic Health Curricular Innovation Awards
New York University College of Nursing’s Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) initiative, in partnership with National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), is seeking proposals for the development of instructional resources to support interprofessional education and collaborative practice in oral-systemic health. All proposals must include applicants from nursing and at least one other discipline, demonstrate how the Smiles for Life web-based curriculum will be included as a core component of the proposed curriculum and demonstrate how the oral-systemic curriculum innovation will be implemented interprofessionally. Click here to read the guidelines and learn more. 

Applications:  PACER Program
The American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, along with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation are seeking interprofessional teams of faculty from three primary care disciplines in medicine, as well as nursing, pharmacy, behavioral health or other health professions, for Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER). This three year program will build high-functioning interprofessional faculty teams equipped to transform their clinical practices and educational programs to prepare trainees to work together in high performing patient-centered medical homes. Additional information about the program can be found here.

All Together Better Health VIII 
Conference held September 6-9, 2016
Location: Oxford, England
Overview: All Together Better Health (ATBH) VIII will build on the content of previous ATBH conferences, reflecting the contemporary focus on improving health care for the population. Initial details about the conference theme, pre-conference workshops and accommodations can be found
 here. Early bird registration will open in December.
Event supporters: University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)
Save the Date

European Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education
Conference held August 26 – 28
Location: The Consortium of Radboud University Medical Center (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Overview: The theme of the 2015 European Interprofessional Practice and Education Network for Health and Social Care (EIPEN) conference is “Bridging the gap between education and practice in health and social care.” The conference will include remarks from international experts and decision makers in care and interprofessional education and various interactive workshops. To learn more and to register, please visit the conference website.
Event supporters: Radboud Medical Center, HAN University of Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences Heerlen, Robuust, and Jan van E’s Institute
Nursing Leadership Summit 2015
Conference held September 10-11
Location: Double Tree Hotel by Hilton (Detroit-Dearborn)
Overview: The purpose of this summit is advancing nursing leadership by expanding nurses’ capacity and effectiveness to lead. From addressing inequities in public health to representing the nursing profession in the board room, the summit offers a chance to explore leadership at all levels.  Visit the conference website to learn more and to register.
Event supporter: Michigan Center for Nursing
Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center Conference
Conference held September 17-18
Location:  Grand Valley State University’s Richard M. DeVos Center (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Overview:  This year’s conference will focus on “Strategies for the Application of Successful Models and Processes.” Attendees will learn successful practices for IPECP development, essential components of IPECP models and how to operationalize them.  Barbara Brandt, director, National Center, will host a pre-conference workshop. Learn more about the event, and register, on the conference website.
Event supporters:  Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC) and Grand Valley State University

Collaborating Across Borders V (CAB V)
Conference held September 29 – October 2
Location:  The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (Roanoke, Va.)
Overview:  Sponsored every two years by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, this event focuses on interprofessional education, practice, leadership and policy in a North American context. The conference will feature best practices, showcase evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking. Learn more about the event, and register, on the conference website. Early bird registration closes August 14!
Event supporters:  Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic
The National Center is a proud sponsor of CAB V.

Interprofessional Health, Education and Practice (IHEP) International Conference 2015
Conference held October 5-7
Location: Pullman Albert Park Hotel (Melbourne)
Overview: This international conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the interprofessional collaboration community, including best practices, evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned while providing a venue for scholarly dialogue and networking. Visit the conference website for additional information.  
Event supporter: Victoria University
Pathways Into Health National Conference
Conference held October 12-14
Location:  Hotel Deca (Seattle)
Overview:  This national conference explores opportunities to unite, enhance and sustain new and existing pathways into health professions for American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) individuals and communities. This will be a venue for exploring educational methodologies that engage the AI/AN populations in health professions and for making findings, programs and resources useable by non-scientists. Visit the conference website for additional information.
Event supporter:  North County HealthCare/Northern Arizona AHEC

Association for the Behavioral Science and Medical Education (ABSAME) 45th Anniversary Meeting
Conference held October 15-17
Location:  The Commons Hotel (Minneapolis)
Overview:  ABSAME is working to more rapidly, creatively and strategically train the next generation of practitioners. This meeting, focusing on IPECP, is designed to help individuals network with other health professions educators engaged in developing dynamic patient-centered heath care curricula. Barbara Brandt, director, National Center, will provide the opening keynote address. Please visit the ABSAME website for additional information and to register.
Event supporter:  Association for the Behavioral Science and Medical Education (ABSAME)
2015 Many Faces of Community Health Conference
Conference held October 22-23
Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Overview: The theme of the 2015 conference is "Community Centered Care and the People We Serve." The conference will examine new community care innovations and health care delivery models that promote health equity, prevent and manage chronic diseases and assure access for individuals. Registration will begin soon. Please visit the conference website for additional information.
Event supporters:  Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (MNACHC) and the Minnesota Department of Health, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division
Academy for Healthcare Improvement Annual Meeting
Conference held October 29-30
Location:  Hilton Mark Center (Alexandria, Va.)
Overview:  This year’s conference will focus on teaching and disseminating methods to improve health care quality and affordability. Early bird registration is available until August 15. Additional details will be available on the conference website in the coming weeks.
Event supporter:  Academy for Healthcare Improvement
Educating Health Professionals for Interprofessional Practice
Conference held October 30
Location: Kapoor Hall, University at Buffalo (N.Y.)
Overview: Join health educators, information professionals, librarians and guest speakers at the University at Buffalo to begin a conversation on interprofessional education. Speakers Dr. Amy Blue and Dr. Joseph Zorek will bring their expertise on issues surrounding interprofessional education and the future of health care delivery. Registration will begin on August 31. For additional information, please contact Amy Lyons.
Event supporter:  University at Buffalo Libraries, University at Buffalo Office of Interprofessional Education and SUNY Buffalo State Library
Climate Change and Public Health: An Interprofessional Review
Conference held November 21
Location: Allina Health (Minneapolis)
Overview: Climate Change and associated air and water pollution affect patients, practices and health care facilities. The aim of this conference is equip health professionals with the knowledge necessary to recognize the effects of climate change on diverse medical conditions, and plan effective interventions to combat these effects.  Please visit the conference website for more information.
Event supporters: Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota Medical School
Learning & Professional Opportunities

All Together Now: Realizing IPE at Academic Health Centers
Webinar on Tuesday, August 18 at 11 a.m. CDT
Overview: The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) organization has identified key challenges in the implementation of core interprofessional competencies which are foundational to successful IPE. This American Dental Education Association (ADEA) webinar examines these barriers to IPE implementation and describes strategies to overcome them from the perspective of the university, the academic health center and the academic dental institution. The webinar is recommended for faculty, staff and administrators at academic health centers interested in establishing IPE at their institutions, as well as leaders at health education associations committed to building capacity for IPE for their membership.  Click here to learn more and to register for the webinar. 
Host:  American Dental Education Association
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