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University addresses changing healthcare landscape at upcoming education summit

St. Kate's students practiced their interprofessional skills at an interdisciplinary internal healthcare conference.
St. Kate's students practiced their interprofessional skills at an interdisciplinary internal healthcare conference.
Photo by Ashley de los Reyes '15.

Reforms enacted by the Affordable Care Act have increased pressure on both healthcare employers and employees. Employees face increasing pressure to not just keep their skills up to date, but to “step up their game” with continuing education and advanced degrees. Employers are facing pressure to keep healthcare costs down and reduce the number of patients readmitted to their facilities or face hefty federal fines.

Relieving that pressure – both for employers and employees – is the “sweet spot” where Dean Penny Moyers wants the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health (HSSH) to be.

Moyers’ goal for the HSSH is to build on its successful clinical partnerships with health care and community organizations and be the “go to” workforce education partner to develop interprofessional skills that increase collaborative practices, support innovative healthcare delivery models and use research and data to improve patient outcomes.

Currently the University’s School of Health has more than 3,000 students in 32 programs and is planning to add advanced degrees in public health and healthcare informatics, among others.

Addressing the University’s Board of Trustees, Moyers outlined how healthcare is changing and how the University plans to create clear education pathways to respond to changing needs of employers.

“There is a new focus on primary care and post-acute care, including care coordination to manage disease and an increased focus on helping patients prevent disease with behavioral and lifestyle changes,” Moyers said.

She listed the type of workers the future will need: critical thinkers, lifelong learners and collaborative team players who think holistically and innovatively. Patient-centered care is still primary, she said but notes that professionals will need strong mathematics and science skills to interpret and use data to improve care.

Interprofessional summit builds partnerships

An example of successful partnership is the upcoming Interprofessional Education Summit, “Transforming Healthcare: Advancing Practice,” scheduled Wednesday, April 30 at St. Catherine University.

St. Catherine is collaborating with the University of Minnesota, and health care providers Allina Health, HealthPartners, Fairview and HealthEast to bring together professionals from a variety of healthcare disciplines to foster interprofessional education and advance healthcare practice to address population and community health needs.

Featuring nationally known experts and showcasing the research achievements of faculty, students and clinical partners, the interprofessional summit will help health care practitioners discover new strategies to improve patient and community outcomes.

Featured presentations

*  "Building Bridges between Practice and Education: Lessons Learned for Transforming Health Care"

Lynne Sinclair, an assistant professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Physical Therapy, will share her experiences in leading interprofessional education initiatives and research projects locally, provincially and nationally.

*  "Impacting Community & Population Health Through Interprofessional Education: The Health Mentors Program"

Sokha Koeuth, education program administrator of the Jefferson Interprofessional Education Center (JIEC), and Elizabeth Speakman, associate professor and co-director of the JIEC, will discuss the Health Mentors Program at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University. The program pairs students with a health mentor.

Individual and group rates

Single registration: $150 before April 11; $165 after April 11

St. Kate's Preceptors for Clinical/ Fieldwork Education: $100 individual

Groups of four or more: $125 per person.


For more information or to register

Visit the 2014 Interprofessional Education Summit website


April 4, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Healthcare, Leadership