Developing core competencies for interprofessional integrative healthcare education: An example from public health
Background: The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in collaboration with the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine received a HRSA grant to establish the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH). A primary goal of the NCIPH is to develop a coordinated set of competencies in Integrative Health across primary care professions, and a uniform curriculum to address those competencies. Methods: Experts representing primary care residency training programs, nursing, public health, pharmacy, behavioral health, and complementary and integrative health professions convened to create a set of meta-competencies in Integrative Primary Healthcare. Results: Nine domains of competencies were developed: 1) patient-centered care, 2) obtaining an integrative health history, 3) collaborative treatment planning to develop a personalized care plan, 4) utilizing evidence-based integrative health treatments, 5) knowledge of integrative and conventional health professions, 6) facilitating behavior change, 7) working interprofessionally, 8) self-care, and 9) incorporating integrative healthcare across settings. Each profession developed competencies for the domains applicable to their practice. The Public Health sub-competencies were adapted from the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and will be presented. Conclusions: The competencies provide guidance on how to have public health incorporate integrative primary care into public health settings. The specific competencies provide the basis for developing an Interprofessional Integrative Health curriculum for public health professionals who support primary care. Next steps include strategies for adoption of the competencies within primary care disciplines and broad dissemination of competencies, curriculum, and related resources through the NCIPH and partner organizations.
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Compare core competencies for interprofessional integrative health providers.
Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Primary Care
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the UA College of Public Health. I have developed and evaluated numerous innovative curricula for medical and public health. I am a member of the Council of Linkages Workgroup that is updating the Core Competencies to reflect the current needs of organizations as they perform the core public health functions and essential services. I am currently the Director for the HRSA-funded Arizona Public Health Training Center.
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