October 19, 2020

Capturing Contemporary Interprofessional Telehealth Resources!
NAP’s Telehealth Resources Work Group is hard at work in compiling data, information, and resource materials in preparation for developing Telehealth Advocacy activities. Medicare defines telehealth, or sometimes referred to as Telemedicine, as the use of telecommunications technology to provide health care services to persons who are at some distance from the provider(s). As a part of this Work Groups’ effort, we are exploring ways in which interprofessional telehealth is being provided in communities and geographic regions where access to the internet and technology are limited or unavailable. Any information which also provides measurable outcome data in this area is extremely valuable. In addition, the Work Group seeks to learn more about how interprofessional telehealth is being taught within health professional higher education and resultant learning and patient outcomes achieved based on an interprofessional teaching and learning approaches used for telehealth.

To that end, NAP members are an exceptional group of individuals who are leaders in interprofessional education and interprofessional practice and who are at the forefront leading across many areas of interprofessional care and learning. We are reaching out to all of you to assist us in this effort. If you are currently using an interprofessional model of teaching telehealth or providing interprofessional telehealth care in technology inaccessible areas as well as accessible areas, then we would like to hear from you! We would be grateful if you would share resource information, publications, presentations, model or demonstration programs, funded initiatives, etc where you and your colleagues are involved and where available, have defined and/or measurable outcomes to assist us in compiling contemporary resource information on this topic.

Please email your meaningful resources to Jody Frost, NAP President at jodygandy@comcast.net by November 12, 2020, which will be shared with NAP’s Telehealth Resources Work Group.  
NAP Award Nominations Due November 1
NAP is currently accepting nominations for our annual awards:

The Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award
Named for NAP's Founder, this award is presented annually to a Distinguished Fellow of NAP who has demonstrated outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the National Academies of Practice and interprofessional health care.
Interdisciplinary Group Recognition Award   
Given annually to groups who have made enduring contributions to interdisciplinary practice and education Interdisciplinary 
Creativity in Practice & Education Award
This award recognizes a person and/or team who display creative solutions in interprofessional education and/or interprofessional practice, thereby achieving improvements in health care.

More information can be found on our website.
There is no official nomination form; simply send your nomination letter with background on the nominee, details on how they fit the award, and CV for the Cummings Award to:
Melanie Bowzer, Executive Director
The submission deadline for 2021's awards is November 1, 2020.   

Congratulations again to all of our 2020 award winners!
Cummings Award Winner
Interprofessional Group Recognition Award Winner
PATH (Providing Access to Healthcare Clinic) and HRTSA (Heart Failure Transitional Care Services for Adults) Clinics of the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Creativity in Practice and Education Award Winner
New Articles in the JIEP:
Available Online 30 September 2020
Sjoukje van den Broek, Claudia Tielemans, Olle ten Cate, Cas Kruitwagen, Tineke Westerveld 

Available Online 05 October 2020
Hayley Dunnack 

Available Online 06 October 2020
Michelle Lobchuk, Ashley Bell, Lisa Hoplock, Jocelyne Lemoine 

Available Online 13 October 2020
Barret Michalec, Julie M. Schneider, Michael Mackenzie 
Click Here for Instructions for NAP members to receive complimentary access to the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 

Your NAP Member Number is required for access. Your Member Number can be found on your record in the NAP database or contact Trey Gifford at tgifford@amrms.com for assistance.
UNE receives $30 million to support quality health care and workforce needs in Maine
The University of New England has received a gift of $30 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation as part of a major investment in eight Maine institutions for the purpose of growing the state’s workforce and economy and supporting quality health care. The foundation announced the recipients on Oct. 6.

This gift to UNE will support the construction of a new facility for the relocation of the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine from the Biddeford Campus to the Portland Campus, the establishment of a new Institute for Interprofessional Education and Practice, and the acceleration of high-growth undergraduate and graduate programs on the Biddeford Campus to meet student demand and workforce needs, such as aquaculture, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, sports media communication, and others.

Please click here to read the full article.
Leveraging the IPEC Competency Framework to Transform Health Professions Education

Call for Applications: Interprofessional Expert Panel
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) to develop an institutional assessment tool. This tool will standardize assessment of institutional progress towards IPE implementation using the IPEC framework.

A call for applications has been opened to recruit IPE experts to contribute to this important effort. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Additional information can be found on IPEC’s website.

Prospective applicants with questions are encouraged to contact Kelly Ragucci, Vice President of Professional Development, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (kragucci@aacp.org), and Joseph Zorek, Director, Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration, UT Health San Antonio (zorek@uthscsa.edu).

This project has been supported through grant funding (P21-01) from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
NASEM Planning Committee Seeks your Educational Experiences in a Time of COVID
COVID-19 has disrupted health professional education (HPE). It has forced classrooms, the clinical learning environment, and community education to be reimagined. The pandemic has also brought to light societal challenges such as structural racism and has raised questions about the evidence behind maintaining the status quo in HPE after the pandemic passes.

To explore these issues, the NASEM health professional education forum's workshop planning committee members are seeking your input to inform their planning of the virtual workshop on December 3, 2020 (11am to 2:30pm EST). 

Share your experiences by clicking here or emailing Patricia Cuff to set up a time to describe your experiences.

Thank you for you input as NASEM re-imagines health professional education post-COVID.