Transforming Health Disparities Through Interprofessional Education, Research and Service

Des Moines, IA US
March 26, 2015

There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

Series Description

Waves of interest and excitement in Interprofessional Education (IPE) are sweeping across health science schools, accrediting bodies, and national health agencies. In just the past two years in the US, national objectives have been produced and several centers for IPE have been created to assist faculty and practitioners in designing curricular programs and extending the outcomes into interprofessional practice. The Spring IAMSE webcast seminar series brings together a collection of leaders and programs that have implemented successful IPE activities and/or have unique approaches to addressing challenges that IPE may be facing in healthcare delivery. The series will begin with an overview of IPE trends in health care and a description of strategies to address these issues. Other sessions include descriptions of specific programs that have successfully integrated IPE into large health science campuses, faculty development programs that focus on continuing interprofessional education, and unique barriers to successful implementation of interprofessionalism principles into clinical practice.  This series will extend the IAMSE series from Winter  2012, available on our website, by providing the latest insight into this ever-expanding field of health sciences education and practice.

Webinar Description

Although patient-centered care is a cornerstone of quality designated by the Institute of Medicine, the quality chasm in the United States health care system remains a reality and health disparities continue to widen. With health care reform and redesign, new models of health care delivery need careful integration with innovative models of health professions education. Interprofessional education (IPE) is gaining increasing attention as a critically important approach to optimize the preparation of the future healthcare workforce, to bridge the gap between health professions education and practice delivery, and most importantly, as a vehicle to optimize patient-centered care and reduce health disparities. IPE is now an accreditation standard for some health professional schools in the United States. Traditional health professions education takes place in silos, with limited opportunities for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals to learn and practice in interprofessional teams during their formative years. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a critical thinking process to analyze the untapped potential for addressing health disparities via interprofessional collaborative education and research, through the common pathway of social determinants of health. The presenter will share her work that specifically aims to meet the nationally recognized need to train health professions students in interprofessional teams in community-based settings to reduce health disparities.

Target Audience

DMU faculty and staff. 


Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Department Head for Faculty Development & Research in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Hasnain received her medical degree from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan and Masters in Health Professions Education and Doctorate in Public Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The primary focus of Dr. Hasnain’s work is at the intersection of medicine and public health. Her work in health disparities and health professions education converges on developing scholars and leaders, and finding effective ways, to ensure quality care, particularly for vulnerable populations. Dr. Hasnain serves as Director of UIC College of Medicine’s longitudinal Patient-centered Medicine Scholars Program and the Department of Family Medicine’s Health Disparities Scholars Program. She also developed and teaches a course in the UIC School of Public Health titled International Women’s Health: Current and Emerging Issues. Most recently, Dr. Hasnain received the prestigious Macy Faculty Scholars Award by the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation to develop and implement a longitudinal team-based interprofessional health disparities training program for health professions students.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/26/2015 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
03/26/2015 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 181
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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