206339 Institute for Interprofessional Prevention Education

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Suzanne Cashman, ScD , Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Susan M. Meyer, PhD , School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Donna A. Page, MPH, CHES , Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, Washington, DC
Interprofessional prevention education (IPE) efforts that emphasize the importance of health professionals working and training together as part of collaborative, interprofessional teams is increasingly recognized as a means to achieve our nation's goals for health improvement. However, few health professions students have the opportunity to learn as part of an interprofessional team. Fewer still have opportunities to focus on prevention. Providing opportunities to encourage these efforts at academic institutions is a priority for the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) which, along with the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, has collaborated on educational efforts with representatives from several health professions, including nursing, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and physician assistants.

APTR and the Task Force offered two Institutes for Interprofessional Prevention Education in September 2007 and 2008. Participants had an opportunity to learn from experts who had successfully implemented interprofessional education programs on their campuses as well as with faculty colleagues from other academic institutions. Both Institutes were designed to help members of academic health center faculties develop and implement curricula focused on interprofessional prevention education using service-learning.

Twenty-eight (28) interprofessional teams were selected via a competitive objective review process from among proposals submitted in response to an RFA. Criteria for the post-Institute projects included both a curricular component and a community-based, service-learning component. An evaluation of the Institute showed this to be an effective way to advance interprofessional prevention education and to develop curricula that would be successful in meeting the goal of advancing interprofessional prevention education and practice.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Institute for Interprofessional Prevention Education and overall goals for the project Discuss lessons learned from selected post-Institute interprofessional team projects

Keywords: Education, Clinical Prevention Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: U Mass Medical School Director of Community Health,(2004-present) Faculty, Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (2000-present) Co-Director, Rural Health Scholars Program (2000-present) Co-Director, Summer Service-Learning Student Assistantships (2002-present) Community Medicine Clerkship Group Leader (1999-present) UMMS Admissions Interviewer (1999-present) Evaluation Consultant, MassHealth Access Program (1997-2007) and State Area Health Education Center (2003-present) Planning Committee Member - 2007 and 2008 APTR Institutes for Interprofessional Prevention Education
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.