September 1, 2020

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Annual Conference

Dan Ferguson, Washington Allied Health Center of Excellence

Dan Ferguson, Director of the Washington Allied Health Center of Excellence hosted at Yakima Valley College and Dr. Angela Stewart, Associate Dean, Yakima Extension of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program, WSU School of Pharmacy attended the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Annual Conference.

The Summit is usually held during the month of August in Minneapolis, Minnesota was held in a virtual format which focused on four areas of interest:
  • Inter-professional Collaboration
  • Diversity, disparities and equity
  • Patients, families, caregivers, communities and populations
  • Galvanizing system change
Plenary session topics included diversity, disparity and health care teams, family caregiver voice in the time of COVID-19, accreditation, regulations and future implications for practice and policy in a pandemic, and how we lean in to our upended world.

August Learning Tracks included substance abuse prevention, inter-professional oral health, online virtual and technology-facilitated learning, inter-professional leadership and mentoring, inter-professional learning in practice, patient, family, community and caregivers, and student-led and engaged inter-professional collaboration.

The NEXUS Summit will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October and will include these tracks: Faculty/Preceptors development, longitudinal IPE curriculum, inter-professional simulations, assessment, evaluation and big data, social science of inter-professional practice, collaboration and education, accreditation considerations.

To register and find more information please go to:

Dr. Stewart and Dan Ferguson are founding members of the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative Internal Advisory Committee, are members of multiple health education committees and advisory councils and intend to share lessons learned from the summit with those entities.