Invited Session

Interprofessional Practice and Education Partners Forum

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Join us for the Interprofessional Practice and Education Partners Forum to learn more about US organizations working to advance interprofessional practice and education. During the one-hour session, there will be three 20-minute rotations where attendees will have the opportunity to visit three different participating organizations for a briefing to learn more about their mission, priorities and new initiatives. Take this opportunity to hear the latest developments from organizations committed to advancing interprofessional priorities in learning and practice.

Click on the organization name below to learn more about them, and attend the Interprofessional Partners Forum to meet with leaders and hear about their current initiatives and latest news, along with practical resources to take home.


American Interprofessional Health Collaborative
The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative transcends boundaries to transform learning, policies, practices, and scholarship toward an improved system of health and wellness for individual patients, communities, and populations.
Representatives: Amy Blue, Jim Ballard

National Academies of Practice

The National Academies of Practice (NAP), a non-profit organization founded in 1981, is the alliance of professionals collaborating to transform health and well-being. NAP advises governmental bodies on policies and practices to improve the U.S. healthcare delivery system. NAP membership is comprised of distinguished practitioners, scholars, and public policy fellows who are elected by their peers. NAP includes multiple health professions academies: Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine, Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Respiratory Care, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology, and Veterinary Medicine.

NAP’s Vision is to lead and exemplify interprofessional healthcare that promotes and preserves health and well-being and is dedicated to affordable, accessible, and coordinated quality healthcare for all. We believe that healthcare practice that has an interprofessional foundation and addresses the whole person provides better health and preventive care. We also believe that to deliver care for the whole person, individuals need to feel safe when seeking health care and that access to care is available to all. As an organization, NAP’s work and actions are guided by its four core values - interprofessional collaboration, patient-centeredness, inclusivity, and interconnectedness.

Representatives: Andrea Pfeifle

Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
The Forum’s mission is to spark change in health professional education (HPE) by illuminating promising innovations that contribute to improving health and healthcare. To accomplish its mission, the Forum has taken on numerous activities since its opening in 2012. Each activity is underpinned by interprofessional concepts and forms the basis of its work whether the topic is assessment, economics, or accreditation. An area of extensive focus for the forum is exploring education in and with communities to address the social determinants of health which led to multiple other workshops on mental health, education during COVID, and the role of learners in the health system during times of crisis. Members of the forum have also written extensively about stress and burnout in the health professions and education. Most recently, the forum has hosted workshops on implementation science, addressing the needs of an aging population, and artificial intelligence in HPE. Its next workshop will explore health systems science in education.
Representatives: Patricia Cuff

Interprofessional Education Collaborative
In 2009, six national education associations of schools of the health professions formed a collaborative to promote and encourage constituent efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences to help prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improved population health outcomes. IPEC continues to engage multiple health professions in its efforts to guide curriculum development across health professions schools. IPEC now represents 21 national health professions associations. IPEC’s mission is to ensure that new and current health professionals are proficient in the competencies essential for patient-centered, community- and population-oriented, interprofessional, collaborative practice. To view IPECs strategic framework, click here.
Representatives: Shelley McKearney

National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment
The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE) provides a forum for organizations committed to improving the educational experience and patient care outcomes within clinical learning environments. NCICLE seeks to simultaneously improve the quality of learning and patient care within CLEs through shared learning and collaborative practice among its member organizations.
Representatives: Elisa Arespacochaga

Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions
The Association of School Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) is a national professional organization of 120 universities and employers focused on critical issues affecting health professions education. ASAHP’s mission is to advance health professions education and discovery through interprofessional collaboration, leadership, excellence, and innovation.
Representatives: Anthony Breitbach