University hosts collaborative care summit

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PARTICIPANTS GATHER in Loyola Science Center during The Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition’s eighth annual collaborative care summit.

Ryan Disdier

Managing Editor

The Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition held its eighth annual Collaborative Care Summit Wednesday at The University.

While the event was multifaceted in nature, the main topic addressed was obesity. According to the organization’s website, objectives of the program consisted of considering and discussing the individual perspectives and interests of people struggling with obesity, as well as discussing the role of bias and stereotype as it applies to healthcare to patients with obesity. Additionally, the program identified challenges and opportunities in communicating with patients and across health disciplines in a way that is clear, respectful, sensitive, diplomatic and understandable.

The event commenced at 4:00 p.m., and ran until 6:40 later that night. Participants started off in the Moskovitz Theater in The DeNaples Center, where they were reminded of the NECPA’s learning objectives for the evening. Following the introduction, there was a breakout session that took place in Loyola Science Center.

InterProfessional Education (IPE) refers to occasions when students from two or more professions learn together during the entirety, or a duration of professional training, with the objective of cultivating collaborative practice for providing client and/or patient-centered health care.

The event featured a litany of participating disciplines, ranging from athletic trainers, social workers, pharmacists, nurses and many others.

While The University held one of the Collaborative Care Summits, many more were being held elsewhere in the local area. Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, Kings College, Misericordia University, Luzerne County Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology all held a Collaborative Care Summit that ran simultaneously to the one held at The University.

Marc Sandhaus, who has his master’s in biomedical sciences, was at the event, and noted the event came together wonderfully.

“The event was really well planned, organized and it showed a lot of collaboration between all of the participating disciplines,” Sandhaus said.

Sandhaus’ colleague Ben Rutta echoed his peer’s words, going as far as saying the event was “amazing” from an inter-professional standpoint.

Participants were given helpful tips moving forward, including taking initiative and sharing IPE ideas with faculty.

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