About the National Center

Informing About the National Center

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is a unique public-private partnership charged by its funders to provide the leadership, evidence and resources needed to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a way to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care. We do this by aligning interprofessional education and collaborative practice (the “new IPE”) with transforming health care delivery.

With the help of our partners, we’re opening doors to possibilities and progress, while challenging people to think in new and different ways about health care and how health professionals learn.  

We gather, synthesize, aggregate and disseminate information, knowledge and evidence about the effectiveness of interprofessional practice and education on health outcomes and its potential to transform health care and health professions education in the U.S. and beyond.

We maintain our role as unbiased, neutral conveners working across many professional boundaries, cultures and experiences.  In doing so, we are breaking new ground, inspiring people to join the journey and elevating the contributions of others along the way – providing the leadership, evidence, solutions and support necessary to advance the field. 

Our Mission

The National Center offers and supports evaluation, research, data and evidence that ignites the field of interprofessional practice and education and leads to better care, added value and healthier communities.

Our Vision

We believe high-functioning teams can improve the experience, outcomes and costs of health care.

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is advancing the way stakeholders in health work and learn together.

Our History and Funding

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education was formed in October 2012 through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The National Center is also funded in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the University of Minnesota.

Our Team and Advisors

Our Team 

We are an interdisciplinary team of professionals committed to using the expertise, evidence and evaluation generated through our partnerships to inspire change in the way people experience health care and education. 

Ahmad AbuSalah, PhD, Lead Informaticist

Dr. AbuSalah is a research assistant professor and core faculty at the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the Scientific Coordinator for Clinical Informatics (SCCI) at the Best Practices Integrative Informatics Consulting and Collaborative Science Core (BPIC) under the umbrella of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI) Biomedical Informatics Program. At his role, Dr. AbuSalah leads the informatics consultation services which provide a full suite of informatics consultations to researchers and principal investigators. Dr. AbuSalah is also the lead informaticist at the National Center. He has a rich industry and research background in healthcare data management and analytics with a focus on large scale healthcare data integration, Informatics Infrastructure Models, Business Intelligence and value-based care models for the support of patient safety, quality of care and cost reduction.

Barbara Brandt, PhD, Director

Renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional education and continuing education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as associate vice president within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, and she is the director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a public-private partnership and cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, established in 2012.

In her leadership roles, Dr. Brandt has served as a consultant, advisor and speaker for a wide variety of organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, the Academy of Healthcare Improvement, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education (specializing in continuing professional education for the health professions) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2013 she was recognized as a University of Illinois Distinguished Alumna. She completed W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, Professor and Dean, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Connie Delaney has been named the knowledge generation lead for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. In this role, Dean Delaney will provide strategic oversight for the National Center’s approach to adding to the knowledge base in the field of interprofessional practice and education through the shared expertise of our growing national network.

Delaney served as Associate Director of the Clinical Translational Science Institute –Biomedical Informatics, and Acting Director of the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) in the Academic Health Center from 2010-2015. She was the first Fellow in the College of Medical Informatics to serve as a Dean of Nursing and was an inaugural appointee to the USA Health Information Technology Policy Committee, Office of the National Coordinator, Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dean Delaney’s leadership builds on a legacy of demonstrated successful engagement of networks toward co-discovery of solutions that add to the knowledge base in a field. She has extensive experience with virtual workgroups and the development of sharable and comparable data for analytics and big data science.

Carla J. Dieter, MS, EdD, RN, Project Coordinator, Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice Program

Carla Dieter is the Project Coordinator for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice Program with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Carla joined the National Center in January 2017. She is also Professor Emeritus at the Department of Nursing, University of South Dakota (USD). Dr. Dieter served as Chair of Nursing at USD from 2011 to 2016 where she guided the Department in starting the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN-BSN programming. She also led USD’s effort to integrate interprofessional health care education into all 10 departments in the USD School of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine. Dieter is credited with leading healthcare institutions and institutions of higher learning throughout the entire state of SD to emphasize and advance interprofessional practice and education. Prior to retirement, Dieter dedicated 32 years to nursing education which included chairing the nursing program at USD and a position as the Director of Nursing Education Scholarship at USD. Previous to coming to USD, Carla spent 25 years at South Dakota State University (SDSU) as a maternal-child health faculty, and later Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner program. She practiced as a nurse practitioner at SDSU’s student health clinic and in a rural health clinic. Before her work as a nurse educator, Dieter worked as an RN at hospitals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Norfolk, Osmond, and Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Dieter received her Doctor of Education in Adult and Higher education from USD, post-master’s certificates in the family nurse practitioner specialty and parent-child nursing specialty as well as a Master of Science degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from SDSU.

Huy Hoang, MS, Web Developer

Huy Hoang joined the National Center in 2014 as web developer and technology analyst. He is responsible for maintaining the technical aspects of the National Center's website, including functionality and server administration, and also provides general technical support to the team. Hoang has a master's degree in software engineering from the University of Minnesota and has enjoyed both studying and working at the University. Prior to joining the National Center, he supported the University's Center for Writing and Moodle support team.

Sean Diego Johnson, Events and Special Projects Coordinator

Sean Diego joined the National Center as the Events and Special Projects Coordinator in 2017, where he is responsible for planning and executing educational and stewardship events and activities on behalf of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. He brings years of nonprofit event development and project management experience to the team through his time spent working for Twin Cities Pride and the American Cancer Society. Sean Diego graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with bachelor's degrees in Spanish Studies and Journalism.

Jennifer Stumpf Kertz, MPP, Center Administrator

Jennifer Kertz has served as the associate to the associate vice president for education in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center since 2006, providing guidance and oversight for administrative, fiscal, policy and operations functions. She is an experienced grant writer and administrator and was instrumental in creating the Office of Education as an interprofessional academic infrastructure linked to practice. Previously, Jeny worked in community relations for the Academic Health Center, developing the Mini Medical School program and other community-related activities. Prior to coming to the University, Jeny worked for Weber-Shandwick, a public relations firm in Minneapolis, and for the City of Moorhead, Minnesota, coordinating community-campus partnerships between the city and the local institutions of higher education. Ms. Kertz has a Bachelor of Science in mass communication and political science from Moorhead (Minnesota) State University and a Master of Public Policy from University of Minnesota.

David Radosevich, PhD, RN, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. David Radosevich is an accomplished epidemiologist and biostatistician, co-founder of the Health Outcomes Institute, co-founded and past director of transplant information services and past deputy director of the Clinical Outcomes Research Center at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. David will focus on data and measurement refinements in the National Center’s knowledge generation team.

Connie C. Schmitz, PhD, Consultant, Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation

Connie Schmitz is an educational psychologist with a background in curriculum development, learner assessment, program evaluation, and education research. For 15 years she has worked with academic physicians at the University of Minnesota - most recently as Director of Education Research and Development for the Department of Surgery. For nine years she ran her own consulting company, evaluating education, health and human service programs funded by government agencies, foundations, and non-profit organizations.

Angela Willson, MPH, Interprofessional Continuing Education Manager

Angela Willson joined the National Center in 2015 and serves as Interprofessional Continuing Education Manager, supporting the cultivating end-users of the Resource Center and Measurement and Assessment collection, and coordinating external-facing partnerships and speaking engagements. Angela brings diverse experience in program administration, project management, grant writing, and communications to her role at the National Center. Her background is in nonprofit administration, workforce development, and homeless and veterans services. Angela grew up in Southeast Asia and holds a commitment to fostering diversity and supporting fragile populations. She contributes to fundraising and strategic planning on the board of directors for Our Saviour’s Community Services and is an active member of the arts community in Minneapolis and central Minnesota. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Writing from Bethel University, is a 2009 cohort member of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame, and has a Master’s of Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Yeazel, MD, MPH, Chair, Scientific Review Team

Mark Yeazel, MD, MPH is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar and has lead or been involved in many research projects. These projects have focused on cancer screening and survivorship issues, but recently have included examining medical school factors that may impact health disparities. He conducts peer review for multiple journals and has been a member of grant review panels for organizations including the Medical College of Wisconsin and the National Institute of Health. He has also had a large role in medical education, teaching learners ranging from medical students to faculty.

Our Advisors 

We engage with people passionate about advancing the field of interprofessional practice and education to help inform our work. From health care professionals and students to patients, families and communities, our advisors play an important role in guiding us.

National Advisory Council

The national advisory council provides independent, expert advice and guidance –grounded in the broad perspectives and experiences of its members – to advance the field of interprofessional practice and education. Members of the council are strategic thought partners, collaborators and catalysts for action.

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National Center Data Repository (NCDR) Advisory Council

Data are critical in measuring how the Nexus improves patient care and health professions education, population health and cost. The NCDR advisory council counsels National Center staff on developing surveys and other evaluation tools that can be used to measure the overall effectiveness of interprofessional practice and education.

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Nexus Learning System Advisory Committee

Formed in 2015, the Nexus Learning System Advisory Committee is charged with helping to shape and support the vision of the National Center’s Interprofessional Continuing Education Program. Vision: Improving the health of the nation by advancing the continuum of interprofessional lifelong learning through innovation, research and continuous quality improvement.This small group of forward thinking members of the IPE community will ensure the National Center’s interprofessional continuing education programming is in alignment with advancing the transformation of the U.S. health system. As a Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ provider, the National Center designs its continuing educational offerings “by the team for the team”.

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