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Invited Speakers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

photo Sue Robins
Writer, Speaker, Mom

Sue Robins is a writer, speaker and the Family Advisor at the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver. She is also the mom of three children - her youngest son Aaron is 12 years old and has Down syndrome. Sue has written essays about motherhood and life with a child with a disability that have been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail.

One of her favorite audiences to share stories with is students. Sue has had the good fortune to have been a volunteer patient mentor the past years, facilitating discussion with the health faculty students at the Interprofessional Practice program with the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons at the University of Alberta.

photo Ted Meyer
Artist & Health Enthusiast

Ever since he was a small child with a serious illness, Ted Meyer has mixed art and medical images as a way to understand his, and others' experiences. Through his art he highlights the emotional impact of pain and healing on everyday people—patients, families, and medical personnel.

When medical treatments improved his own situation as an adult, Ted's work shifted from self-focus to documenting the physical and emotional condition of other survivors of traumatic health issues. "Scarred for Life" is a multi-faceted project that includes printing monoprints directly from his scar subject's body, interviewing the participant about her experiences, and photographing the process. The resulting, ever-expanding, presentation of monoprints, narratives, photographs, and videos combines to a beautiful and emotional documentation of the strength and fragility of the human condition.

Most of Ted's "Scarred for Life" images are taken from a local Los Angeles population, although the project has been noticed around the world. Participants even arrange vacation visits around an LA printing session. Ted regularly opens his email to find stories of scars and photos of people's wounds from around the world.

"Scarred for Life" has received press coverage from the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, CBS and PBS.

"Scarred for Life," has been exhibited nationally, including at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., New York University School of Medicine, Bravard Museum of Art in Melbourne, Florida, the Museum of Art and Culture in New Rochelle, New York, and at Sierra College in Rocklin, California and Biola University in La Mirada, California. Ted has lectured on art and health at Yale University, NYU, and UCLA.

Plenary Panel - Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Role of the National Center: Rethinking IPE through New Models of Care

Barbara Brandt, Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, University of Minnesota

Maryjoan Ladden, Senior Program Officer, Human Capital Portfolio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Becky Spitzgo, Associate Administrator for Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

George Thibault, President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

photo Barbara F. Brandt, PhD
Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and Associate Vice President for Education, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center

Renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional education and continuing education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as the associate vice president for education within the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center, and she is responsible for the University's 1Health initiative to build the interprofessional practice skills of students and faculty in a broad range of health professions. Dr. Brandt is also 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.

photo Maryjoan D. Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Program Officer, Human Capital Portfolio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Ladden is senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her work at the foundation focuses on building a diverse and well trained leadership and workforce in health and healthcare. Dr. Ladden manages most of the foundation's nursing initiatives. She leads the foundation's efforts in primary care and interprofessional collaboration.

Prior to joining the foundation, she served as chief program officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA), providing strategic direction, integration and coordination for all of ANA's programs. Dr. Ladden also spent more than 20 years in Boston as a nurse practitioner, case manager, researcher and director of continuing professional education at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and as assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Her work has focused on improving health care quality, safety and health professional collaboration.

Dr. Ladden was elected as a fellow in the American Academy Nursing in 2007. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Connecticut, master of science as a nurse practitioner from the University of Rochester and her doctorate from Boston College School of Nursing. She is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program (2004 to 2007).

photo Becky Spitzgo
Associate Administrator for Health Workforce
Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rebecca (Becky) H. Spitzgo was appointed associate administrator for health workforce in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Working in partnership with states and numerous national and local organizations, HRSA uses its $10.3 billion annual budget to strengthen the health care workforce, build healthy communities, increase health equity, and provide health care and support services to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable, or live in a health professional shortage area.

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) was established in May 2014 to integrate HRSA's key workforce programs previously housed in two bureaus: Health Professions and Clinician Recruitment and Service. Spitzgo was named associate administrator of BHW, which aims to better meet the need for a well-trained, well-distributed 21st century workforce through realignment and built in connectivity. With an annual appropriation of more than $1 billion, the Bureau supports over 40 workforce programs and a staff of more than 450 people.

BHW improves access to quality health care by developing, distributing, and retaining a diverse and culturally competent health workforce. The Bureau supports the health care workforce across the entire training continuum – from academic training of nurses, physicians, and other clinicians to clinicians currently providing health care in underserved and rural communities across the United States

BHW's largest program is the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), with a budget of approximately $287.4 million in FY15 and field strength of more than 9,200 clinicians nationwide. The Bureau is also responsible for administering multiple health professions grants, the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, the National Practitioner Databank, and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

Spitzgo previously served as associate administrator for the Bureaus of Health Professions and Clinician Recruitment and Service. Spitzgo was also associate administrator for both the Office of Federal Assistance Management and the Office of Performance Review.

Spitzgo has more than 30 years of Federal experience in grants management, system development and project management at HHS and the U.S. Department of Education. She joined the government-wide Grants.gov Presidential management initiative in 2002 while on detail from the Department of Education, and in 2004 she became the HHS program manager for the initiative.

Spitzgo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix.

photo George Thibault, MD
President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Dr. George E. Thibault became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in 2008. Immediately prior to that, he served as vice president of clinical affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and director of the academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

He was the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS and is now the Federman Professor, Emeritus. Dr. Thibault previously served as chief medical officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital and chief of medicine at the Harvard-affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury VA Hospital. He was associate chief of medicine and director of the Internal Medical Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At the MGH he also served as director of the Medical ICU and the founding director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Unit.

For nearly four decades at HMS, Dr. Thibault played leadership roles in many aspects of undergraduate and graduate medical education. He played a central role in the New Pathway Curriculum reform and was a leader in the new integrated curriculum reform at HMS. He was founding director of the Academy at HMS, which was created to recognize outstanding teachers and to promote innovations in medical education. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his roles in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. In addition to his teaching, his research has focused on the evaluation of practices and outcomes of medical intensive care and variations in the use of cardiac technologies.

Dr. Thibault is chairman of the board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and he serves on the board of the New York Academy of Sciences, Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Lebanese American University. He serves on the President's White House Fellows Commission and for 12 years he chaired the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veteran's Affairs. He is past president of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association and past chair of alumni relations at HMS. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Thibault graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1965 and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969. He completed his internship and residency in medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He also trained in cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Bethesda and at Guys Hospital in London and served as chief resident in Medicine at MGH.

Dr. Thibault has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors from Georgetown (Ryan Prize in Philosophy, Alumni Prize, and Cohongaroton Speaker) and Harvard (Alpha Omega Alpha, Henry Asbury Christian Award and Society of Fellows). He has been a visiting scholar both at the Institute of Medicine and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a visiting professor of medicine at numerous medical schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Special IPE Reports Lunch - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Report of the Recommendations from the April 2015 Conference on Enhancing Health Professions Education through Technology convened by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

George E. Thibault, President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation (see bio above)

Stephen C. Schoenbaum, Special Advisor to the President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

photo Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH
Special Advisor to the President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Dr. Schoenbaum has been serving as Special Advisor to the President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation since 2011. Prior to his role with the Macy Foundation, Dr. Schoenbaum served 10 years as Executive Vice President for Programs at The Commonwealth Fund and Executive Director of its Commission on a High Performance Health System. The Fund is a national foundation that is devoted to improving coverage and access to health care and quality of care through its support of health services research and health policy analysis. The Commission on a High Performance Health System has, since 2005, been recommending policies that can improve the performance of the US health system with respect to coverage, access, quality, efficiency, and equity of care. As Executive Vice President, all of the grant-making programs of the Fund reported to Dr. Schoenbaum.

From 1993-1999, Dr. Schoenbaum was the medical director and then president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, a mixed model HMO delivery system in Providence, RI. Prior to that, from 1981-1993, he was Deputy Medical Director at Harvard Community Health Plan in the Boston area, where his roles included developing specialty services, disease management programs, clinical guidelines, and enhancing the Plan’s computerized clinical information systems. Nationally, he also played a significant role in the development of HEDIS (the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set).

In his early career he was trained as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, became an infectious diseases specialist, and was a member of the Department of Medicine at what is now Brigham and Women’s Hospital and became Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At Harvard Community Health Plan, he practiced general internal medicine.

He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine (formerly Ambulatory Care and Prevention) at Harvard Medical School, a department he helped to found, and the author of over 150 professional publications. He is vice-chairman of the board of the Picker Institute; former president of the board of the American College of Physician Executives; a longstanding member, now chair, of the International Advisory Committee to the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel; and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Report of the Recommendations from the Institute of Medicine Committee on Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes

Barbara Brandt, Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, University of Minnesota (see bio above)

Patricia Cuff, Director, Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, Senior Program Officer, Academy of Medicine, Washington D.C.

Brenda Zierler, Professor and Co-Director, Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research, Director of Faculty Development, Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies - University of Washington

photo Patricia A. Cuff, MS, RD, MPH
Senior Program Officer for the Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine
Director, Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education

Patricia A. Cuff is a Senior Program Officer for the Board on Global Health within the Institute of Medicine. Her primary role is the Director of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. She is the former Country Liaison to the Uganda National Academy of Sciences where she worked for 11 years with African academy staff and members in developing their capacity to provide evidence-based science advice to their governments and to their nations. Prior to her role with the African academies, she was the Study Director for the Committee on the Options for Overseas Placement of U.S. Health Professionals and with the Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health. Patricia joined the Institute of Medicine staff to work on the report, “Emerging Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century” under the Board on Global Health. Before coming to Washington, DC, Ms. Cuff worked at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City in the field of HIV-nutrition as a counselor, researcher, and lecturer on topics of adult and pediatric HIV. She received a M.S. in Nutrition and a M.P.H. in Population and Family Health from Columbia University, and performed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut.

photo Brenda Kaye Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Brenda Zierler is a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA. Dr. Zierler’s research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes—at both the patient and system level. Her primary appointment is Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, but she holds three adjunct appointments – two in the School of Medicine and one in the School of Public Health. Dr. Zierler is the Inaugural UW Health Science’s IPE Faculty Scholar (2013-2015) and is Co-Director of the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research. She is the Director of Faculty Development for UW Medicine’s Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies. Dr. Zierler is the past-Chair of the Board for the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (2014-2015). She is also a member of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Dr. Zierler is Co-PI (with Leslie Hall, MD) of a Josiah Macy Foundation grant focused on faculty development for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. In addition, she currently leads three HRSA training grants – one focused on technology enhanced IPE for advanced practice students, one focused on interprofessional collaborative practice for patients with Advanced Heart Failure, and one focused on an Education-Practice Partnership to Improve Advanced Heart Failure Training and Outcomes for Rural and Underserved Populations in an Accountable Care Organization.

Friday, October 2, 2015

photo Chris Power
CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute

What began as a desire to help those in need 30 years ago has evolved into a mission to improve the quality of healthcare for all Canadians.

Chris Power's journey in healthcare began at the bedside as a front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent healthcare executives in Canada. Her experiences, her success, and her values have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia, with an annual operating budget of approximately $900 million, and 12,000 staff. Under Chris's leadership Capital Health achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Status in 2014 with recognition for 10 Leading Practices.

Chris is also involved in a number of collaboratives with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. She also holds significant governance roles including Co-Chair of HealthCareCAN, Chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council, and Board Member of Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research.

Most recently Chris participated as a member of the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation and through this role has gained even greater insight into the many pan-Canadian organizations that will be beneficial in forming partnerships, leveraging expertise and advancing the goals of CPSI.

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