224779 MLPs as a Model for Transdisciplinary Education: The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition Experience

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Enid Zwirn, PhD, MPH, RN , Department of Public Health, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Kathleen A. Zoppi, PhD, MPH , Behavioral Science Director, Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency, Indianapolis, IN
Chad S. Priest, RN, MSN, JD , School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Heather McCabe, JD, MSW , Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Suzann Lupton, JD, PhD(c) , Baker & Daniels LLP, Indianapolis, IN
Priscilla Keith, MS, JD , Hall Center, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Joyce Hertko, PhD , Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition, Indianapolis, IN
Mary Ciccarelli, MD , School of Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Virginia A. Caine, MD , Public Health Administration, Marion County Health Department, Indianapolis, IN
Marly Bradley, MD, JD , Department of Emergency Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN
Jessica Barth, JD , Wisahrd Health Services, Indianapolis, IN
This abstract proposal is 2 of 4 proposals intended to be part of a complete panel entitled: Medical-Legal Partnerships: Promoting Health and Social Justice. Please consider this abstract individually if the entire panel is not selected.

The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition (“IHAC”) is a regional collaborative organization of medical-legal partnerships throughout Indiana. While IHAC promotes the development of MLPs that provide direct client services, IHAC's focus is on transdisciplinary education. Using MLPs as a tool, IHAC seeks to provide opportunities for physicians, nurses, social workers, public health professionals, lawyers and the patient to learn from one another. Acknowledging the fact that social determinants of illness resist purely biomedical intervention, the ultimate goal of a successful IHAC-affiliated MLP is to reduce silo-thinking and blur the lines of professional practice in order to improve health outcomes. This requires authentic transdisciplinary practice – which is only achieved through training.

We discuss IHAC sponsored training programs at the university, community and practice level, as well as share best practices developed within the IHAC model. To date, IHAC sites have used multidisciplinary case conferences as one vehicle for developing teamwork around patient cases, as well as quarterly educational programs which address topics of medical or legal impact on health.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify 2 methods of transdisciplinary education that can be incorporated into MLP projects and programs. 2. Discuss barriers and benefits of multi-disciplinary educational efforts

Keywords: Law, Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have a leadership role in the development of Medical Legal Partnerships.
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.

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