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APTR Releases New Curricular Guide

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APTR Releases New Curricular Guide for Interprofessional Education in Prevention and Population Health

Washington, DC, November 1, 2013 — The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) has released a new curriculum guide, "Advancing Interprofessional Clinical Prevention and Population Health Education: Curriculum Development Guide for Health Professions Faculty,” to prepare students to participate effectively as members of interprofessional health care teams delivering clinical prevention and population health services. The Curriculum Guide is available on the APTR website

APTR worked with the health professions education organizations representing medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistants and allied health to develop the guide as a tool for designing and implementing interprofessional learning activities in clinical prevention and population health. As accreditation standards and curricular guidelines increasingly include interprofessional education, it is necessary to provide health professions faculty with models for connecting clinical prevention and population health curriculum to the behavioral
expectations of health professions students.

"Curricular guidance documents and accreditation standards in the health professions increasingly include expectations for interprofessional team‐based competence,” says the lead author of the guide Susan Meyer, PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. "Offering students the opportunity to address population health issues as members of teams will equip them with an understanding of what each health professional brings to the care of patients and health of communities.”

"Facilitating team‐based education and practice is critical to providing health care that is safe, high quality, accessible, and patient‐centered,” said Geraldine "Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). "We applaud the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research for preparing this new resource to assist faculty across disciplines in designing interprofessional learning activities that build expertise in clinical prevention and population health. IPEC is committed to disseminating the new curriculum guidelines to the larger academic community to assure widespread adoption by our respective constituents.”

The guide was developed by the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, an initiative of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). The guide provides examples of how elements of the APTR "Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework” could be linked to competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice, specifically those outlined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) in its 2011 publication, "Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.”

The Curriculum Guide has been endorsed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).

The Healthy People Curriculum Task Force was established by APTR in 2002 to address the Healthy People 2010 objective to increase in the inclusion of core clinical prevention and population health content in health professions education. Member associations are: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Dental Education Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and Physician Assistant Education Association. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health serve as resource organizations to the Task Force.

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