Nexus Summit 2023 Seminar Showcase: Interprofessional Practice and Education Through a One Health Lens
The Nexus Summit Seminar Showcase is a free webinar series from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The seminar showcase features the highest rated peer-reviewed seminars offered during last year’s annual conference, the Nexus Summit 2023, and covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), longitudinal assessment strategies, team well-being, health equity, multi-institutional models, and interprofessional advocacy, among others. Offered between March - July 2024, the Nexus Summit Seminar Showcase will provide an opportunity to learn from, with, and about the work being done to improve practice, education and health for those we serve.
Interprofessional Education (IPE) has become a key focus in the curricula of health professions, including veterinary medicine. The broad purpose of IPE is to provide educational opportunities between two or more professions that lead to current and future collaboration to improve patient and client care and health outcomes. One of the challenges of implementing IPE programs that include veterinary medicine is understanding the role of the veterinarian in the health team. The One Health initiative, with its focus on interprofessional collaboration, shares many similar themes with IPE and is widely utilized in veterinary medical education. This seminar will focus on how IPE can leverage One Health concepts and improve inclusion of veterinary medicine and other non-traditional professions such as environmental science and ecosystem health.
One Health is an approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. As populations grow and expand into new geographic areas, close contact with animals and their environments provides more opportunities for diseases to pass between animals and people. The recent COVID-19 pandemic is an example of a disease with transmission factors in humans, animals, and the environment. Organizations that focus on One Health competencies, often adopt the same competency frameworks used in interprofessional work because the core concepts involve bringing multiple professions together, fostering effective collaboration and team work, to improve health outcomes. Focusing One Health and IPE on issues surrounding zoonotic diseases, water and food security, antimicrobial resistance, and the impact of societal, environmental, and climatic factors are in alignment with the expressed goals of improving care and health outcomes.
Addressing the theme of Building the IPE Case Through Information, Evidence and Outcomes, inclusion of One Health concepts and practitioners, especially those connected to veterinary medicine and environmental science, will expand the reach of IPE work. This session intends to leverage the relationship in advancing IPE through One Health in curricula across the nation, especially including programs of veterinary medicine. Panelists from multiple institutions will share experiences and best-practices for incorporating topics related to human, animal, and environmental health into IPE curricula. Active learning will be encouraged through the use of short polls spliced between speakers and an interactive virtual whiteboard that tracks visually the links between IPE and One Health. Participants will be invited to share and reflect on their experience with One Health and veterinary medicine and methods they can utilize to incorporate One Health topics into existing IPE programs.
Learning objectives and actionable skills:
- Define One Health and interpret how One Health and IPE are similar.
- Analyze how One Health concepts can be incorporated into interprofessional curricula.
- Envision an action plan for the development/integration of One Health-focused IPE at participant’s university or organization
This seminar is submitted on behalf of the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA), a consortium of veterinary schools that facilitates implementation of IPE. The collective expertise allows successful interprofessional interactions in a One Health context.
Claire Tucker, DVM, MPH, MS, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Colorado State University
Hossein Khalili, BScN, MScN, PhD, FNAP, Winston-Salem State University
Amy Blue, PhD, University of Florida
John Tegzes, VMD, Western University of Health Sciences