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In April 2018, Arizona is launching its first ever conference dedicated to interprofessional healthcare practice and education. Hosted by the Arizona Nexus, the two-day conference on April 20-21, brings together practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers and students with the shared goal of creating a healthier Arizona through collaboration and teamwork.
The conference kicks off with two keynote speakers, Dr. Nancy Johnson, CEO of El Rio Community Health Center and Dr. Pamela Thompson, Integrated Health Consultant with PT Envision Enterprises.
Workshop topics include how to build successful practice-education partnerships, designing and evaluating collaborative team-based programs in both practice and education, building communities of practice, and sustaining interprofessional initiatives.
Practice-based teams who have successfully designed and delivered interprofessional collaborative care will share their insights and experiences.
The workshop format is intentionally designed to provide opportunities to learn with, from, and about one another through active participation. Presenters and speakers will share examples of successful efforts to enhance collaboration and teamwork in both practice and education across the state, and provide opportunities to build new partnerships.
Day one of the conference will also include a student poster session and networking reception.
The Arizona Nexus is a collaborative interprofessional education (IPE) learning community with membership currently spanning six universities and four health systems in the Valley. The group came together as an official learning community in January of 2017.
From the beginning, the Arizona Nexus hoped to bring members of practice and academia together for meaningful workshops and discussions surrounding multiple facets of IPE. So, a committee was formed, and we set out to organize the state’s first dedicated interprofessional practice and education conference.
With the ultimate aim of achieving better health for those we serve, and believing we do better work when we collaborate together, the members of the Arizona Nexus are thrilled to have the opportunity to share their excitement and expertise for collaborative team based care with others across the larger Arizona community.
Full conference rates are $110 and include Friday evening reception and Saturday lunch. Reduced rates for students and student presenters as well as single day attendance are available. Participants may receive continuing education credits in nursing, social work and dentistry.
For more information and to register, please visit the official conference website. See you in April!
Michael Moramarco is the Project Manager for the Center. In that capacity he is responsible for keeping multiple priority initiatives organized and on task. He is also heavily involved in managing the partnerships and grants that the Center shares with the Student Health Outreach for Wellness Clinic, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and other academic and practice organizations. Michael is currently the Co-chair of the Arizona Nexus Conference Committee.
Dr. Barbara Maxwell is Professor and University Director of Interprofessional Education & Collaboration at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She has been involved in interprofessional education and collaborative practice since the late 1980’s when she was involved with interprofessional teams in cardiac rehabilitation, and with rapid response community teams for individuals recovering from stroke. She is currently the Chair of the Arizona Nexus Conference Committee.