Nexus Summit 2023 Seminar Showcase: We Are Better Together: Incorporating Health Equity Education Throughout Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice
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 and collaborative practice (IPECP) can play an important role in creating a robust environment for appreciating health equity (HE), recognizing social determinants of health (SDOH), and teaching health- and social-care learners how to support these considerations for their patients/clients. It’s crucial to create learning opportunities to share the different perspectives each profession brings to the table.
Participants will learn how to incorporate aspects of HE and/or SDOH into IPECP training and at the end of this session will be able to:
- Describe a structure and strategies for incorporating concepts related to health equity, inclusion, conflict resolution, and SDOH across an IPE curriculum
- Describe an experiential education model that purposefully engages students from different professions to share their perspectives on patients’ unique needs and influences on their care planning
- Apply concepts for the successful inclusion of health equity-related IPECP content to their own IPE curricula/experiences
This session will explore strategies that programs can use to incorporate HE and SDOH concepts throughout IPECP, with polling software and Jamboards used to engage participants. Presenters will highlight the importance of this topic in current healthcare, including a consideration of the quintuple healthcare aim that emphasizes considering HE and SDOH in the care of patients/clients. Contemporary IPECP is well-positioned to support this aim through the required inclusion of HE topics and IPE as part of health- and social-care education. It is also critical for learners from all professions to appreciate SDOH, while understanding how collaboration with other professions can help overcome limitations they may have in their own resources. Interprofessional education is an ideal model for teaching students about HE and SDOH, and audience members from programs that have incorporated this content will have the chance to share strategies that allowed them to be successful in this space. Participants that are interested in including this content will be asked to identify barriers that might hinder, or have hindered, its inclusion in their curricula. Presenters will provide examples from two universities who have successfully incorporated interprofessional training opportunities related to HE and SDOH into both didactic and experiential education that directly aligns with the conference theme of Interprofessional Collaboration to Address Health Equity, Racism and Bias in Interprofessional Practice. The combined approach of expertise from audience participants and presenters will be used to support a worksheet that each attendee will complete to outline actionable next steps for progressing IPE-related SDOH or HE content at their institution. These steps could include, but are not limited to, evaluating how this content might be included (if it’s not already), how to expand the inclusion of these topics within existing IPE curricula, strategies for incorporating new partners into existing HE/SDOH IPE opportunities, and/or plans for sustaining successful initiatives already in place. Regardless of where a program is at in this process, presenters will provide information and lead a discussion that will allow each attendee to leave with an action plan of next steps specific to their program.
Zachary Weber, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDCES, CHC, FASHP, FNAP, Indiana University
Phil Rodgers, PharmD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kimberly Sanders, PharmD, BCPS, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill