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Education, Practice, and Policy (EPP)

Identifying Best Practices in Interprofessional Education (IPE)

The EPP CAN identifies and reviews best practices for integrating IDD content into interprofessional education, professional practice, and health care policy. The CAN has studied work from institutions across the country, including Georgetown University School of Medicine, Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network, Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Williams College, University of Illinois Chicago School of Dentistry, and Rush University.

EPP Presentations

Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD)

Sara Hart Weir, Executive Director of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD), and Allyson Mccain, Health Equity & Outcomes Coalition Director, led a presentation on the KCDD and the Health Equity and Outcomes Coalition. (Recorded on March, 2024.)

Patient Voices Program at Temple University

The “Patient Voices Program” was presented by Dr. Sue Kilroy, Director of the Nursing Simulation Lab at Temple University, College of Public Health. Project partners include Dr. Blase Brown (UIC College of Dentistry), Beth Marks (UIC Department of Disability and Human Development,) and Bridget Brown (actress and standardized patient). This project originated at the Schwartz Simulation Lab at UIC College of Nursing. Her bio can be found on the Temple University website. (Recorded October, 2023.)

Interdisciplinary Healthcare Education at Quinnipiac University

Dr. Kimberley Hartmann, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Healthcare Education and a professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University, presented on their interprofessional program. The program includes several components, including collaborations with other institutions with healthcare programs not offered at QU, two student-led high school educational programs for youth with IDD—one for youth seeking to live and work independently after graduation and one for youth seeking to go to college—and sessions with people with IDD who are paid to serve as clients. Her bio can be found on the Quinnipiac University website. (Recorded September, 2023.)

Advanced Interprofessional E-Service Learning Experiences (AISLE)

Sarah Ailey, Ph.D., RN, PHNA-BC, CNE, CDDN, FAAN, Janice Odiaga, DNP, CPNP, and Amelia Bucek, MPH presented “Advanced Interprofessional E-Services Learning Experiences (AISLE) A Pathway to Excellence in Collaborative Practice with Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)” (Recorded March, 2023)

Virtual Interprofessional Simulation Experience

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, FAAN, and Bette Mariani, Ph.D., RN, ANEF, FAAN, Villanova University, presented “Virtual Interprofessional Simulation,” an overview of the pilot project completed in partnership with St. Joseph’s University. (Recorded May, 2023)

The Evolution of the IPE Curriculum at the University of Illinois Chicago

Mary T. Keehn, PT, DPT, MHPE, presented “The Evolution of the IPE Curriculum at the University of Illinois Chicago – Addressing the Needs of a Wide Range of Learners.” Dr. Keehn is the Asst. Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Practice and Education and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. (Recorded September, 2022)

Beyond Access and Inclusion: Belonging in Healthcare for People with IDD

Drs. Jane Tobias and Wendy Ross presented “Beyond Access and Inclusion: Belonging in Healthcare for People with IDD.” (Recorded July, 2022)

IPE and Collaborative Practice Activities at Case Western Reserve University

Tyler Reimschisel, MD, MHPE and founding associate provost at Case Western Reserve University, presented an overview of the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Activities at CWRU. (Recorded May, 2022)

CLiA-Connecting Curriculum & Campus to Community

Paula Consolini, Ph.D., and Isabel Arvelo presented on experiential learning, community engagement, and team-based work at the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) at Williams College. (Recorded March, 2022)

Imperative Undergraduate IPEducation: Nursing Care for People with Disabilities

Allison P. Edwards, DrPH, MS, RN, CNE of the Cizik School of Nursing at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presented “Imperative Undergraduate IPEducation: Nursing Care for People with Disabilities.” (Recorded January, 2022)

Interprofessional Education at UIC College of Dentistry

Blase Brown, DDS, MS, presented on Interprofessional Education at the University of Illinois – Chicago College of Dentistry. (Recorded September, 2021)

Innovations to Virtual Pedagogy: Translation from Classroom Learning to Community-Based Engagement and Research

Kim Bullock, MD, FAAFP, John DiBello, MS, and Meghan Chin, MS2 from Georgetown University School of Medicine presented “Innovations to Virtual Pedagogy: Translation from Classroom Learning to Community-Based Engagement and Research.” (Recorded July, 2021)

Self-Advocates/Family Advocates as Medical Educators (SAME/FAME)

Dee Banta, Oklahoma Self-Advocate Network (OKSAN), and Ellen Banister, Center for Learning and Leadership/ Oklahoma’s UCEDD at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), discuss the role of self-advocates and family advocates as medical educators. (Recorded November, 2021)

The Curriculum in IDD Healthcare

Craig Escude, MD, FAAFP, President of IntellectAbility, presented “The Curriculum in IDD Healthcare: Teaching the Fundamentals of IDD Healthcare Every Clinician Should Know.” (Recorded November, 2021)

EPP Membership

Co-Chairs: Beth Marks, Ph.D., RN, FAAN & Suzanne C. Smeltzer, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN

Christina Neill Bowen, MSW, LICSW

Kim Bullock, MD, FAAFP

Blase P. Brown, DDS, M.S.

Priya Chandan, MD, MPH, Ph.D.

Lauren Clark, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Maryellen Daston, Ph.D.

Melissa L Desroches, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Allison P Edwards, DrPH, M.S., RN, CNE

David Ervin, BSc, M.A., FAAIDD

Craig Escude, MD, FAAFP FAADM

Kathleen Fisher, Ph.D., CRNP

Haley Glaser

Valerie Gruss, Ph.D., APRN, CNP-BC, FAAN

Joan Earle Hahn, Ph.D. GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, CNL, CDDN

Constance Harrington, M.A.

Krista Jones, DNP, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC

Mary T. Keehn

Susan Kilroy, RN, MSN

Michael J. Koronkowski, PharmD, BCGP

Ronald Lucchino, Ph.D.

Bette Mariani, Ph.D., RN, ANEF, FAAN

Cesar Mendez

Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D.

Jacqueline McGinley

Heidi Myhre

Sara North PT, DPT, M.Ed.

Suzen X. Riley

Rebecca Rosenberg

Jessica Sager

Carole Schwartz, M.S., OTR

Nancy Spector, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Kelly P. Strickland, MSN, RN

Sara Struwe, MPA