142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Big Picture Clinicians: Putting “Public” into Clinical Health Professions Training

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Nathan Boucher, PA-C, MS, MPA, CPHQ , Physician Assistant Program, Touro College School of Health Sciences, NY, NY
There is a disconnect between clinical training and public health training – one deals largely with individual patients and the other with a population. The current health care arena demands an understanding of these interrelated paradigms in order to navigate various health care systems for the patient’s benefit and bolster public health workforce infrastructure. This session tackles the challenge of delivering integrated training to aspiring health professionals - including but not limited to physician assistants, physicians, and nurse practitioners - and simplifies the approach so that educators and clinician preceptors can readily incorporate the material into their interactions with trainees. Emphasis will be placed on the benefits of, and manageable models for, interprofessional education utilizing multidisciplinary learning of public health concepts; quality improvement methods; and health care administrative functions. Trainee feedback on current curricular changes at one institution will be discussed. Active workforce education strategies will also be covered. The interactive learning format of the sessions will allow participants to learn from one another. Participants will return to their respective educational and/or clinically-based programs with strategies that will enhance the public health-minded health professions workforce for future generations.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
List three strategies for incorporating public health concepts into health professions training. Describe three ways in which a clinician can bolster public health workforce infrastructure if they have a "public health-infused" education.

Keyword(s): Public Health Infrastructure, Teaching

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a clinician and assistant professor who directs a graduate program for physician assistants. I have experience, training, and doctoral candidacy in public health. I am a Section Counselor for APHA - Health Administration Section; a member of the Policy Committee of the APHA - Aging & Public Health Section; and a member of the APHA - Committee on Women's Rights.
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.