Moving Toward What Matters Most

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Nexus Summit 2021 Blog:

Moving Toward What Matters Most

Christine Arenson, MD, Co-Director, National Center
Barbara Brandt, PhD, Director, National Center

The past week has seen the publication of two landmark reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care and The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. These reports reflect the work and strategic imperatives of the National Center, with a focus on the importance of:

  • interprofessional teamwork;
  • intersectionality between healthcare, health professions education, and other sectors;
  • the importance of engaging people, families and communities; and
  • new approaches to access to care as essential to achieve health equity.

We embrace the findings and recommendations in these reports and our programming, including Nexus Summit 2021, will continue to focus on the unique opportunity to improve health and advance health equity in the Nexus of interprofessional practice and education.

Last year at the Nexus Summit, you helped us define the critical strategic imperatives for the National Center. This year, your peer-reviewed presentations and posters, participation in structured conversations and dialogue, will help all of us, together as an interprofessional practice and education community, move to action.


Back this year will be popular favorites: Track Leaders to support our shared learning, student programming, AIHC-led workshops, networking opportunities, and the Nexus Fair to share your innovations. Excitingly, we are launching a new track for clinical teams to present their practice innovations and will provide opportunities for dialogue between practitioners and educators. A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all learned about new ways to promote virtual dialogue, engagement, and networking, and these opportunities will happen throughout Nexus Summit 2021.


Nexus Summit 2021 will:

  • share the National Center’s vision to work together in the Nexus to enable transformation of practice, education and research being designed around individuals and populations.
  • provide specific examples of how health professions are using local data and expertise coupled with IPE best practices to design, implement and evaluate impact on the needs of the populations served
  • facilitate conversations to educate for awareness of the role of race and caste in health care team
  • move beyond sharing the experience of patients, families and community members to begin to develop concrete strategies to engage individuals and communities as co-creators of healthcare, education and health.
  • engage in vibrant discussion of the power of sharable, comparable “big data” to understand the current state of interprofessional collaborative practice and to support ongoing developmental evaluation and implementation of best practices in the Nexus of practice and education.


Join us by submitting an abstract, sign up as a peer reviewer, and consider the benefits of sponsorship. We are so excited to welcome each of you to the virtual Nexus Summit 2021, as we move from education to action.