Date: 19 May 2021, 6-7pm GMT
Title: Interprofessional education and collaborative practice and integration with health and education policies in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC)
Presenters: Dr. Neyrian de Fátima Fernandes, Professor of the Nursing course at the Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil and José Rodrigues Freire Filho, Postdoctoral Researcher (student), Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil; Representative of the Regional Interprofessional Education Network in the Americas (REIP).
In recent years, Interprofessional Education (IPE) has been introduced into policies on human resources for health (HRH) in the countries of the Region of the Americas, predominantly in the United States and Canada, but also in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has encouraged its member states to adopt this approach and support policymakers in expanding its use. PAHO’s Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage and its Plan of Action 2018-2023 encourages countries to promote interprofessional teams in integrated health services networks using IPE, diversifying learning settings, and promoting collaborative practice.
Objective: To present an overview of LAC’s IPE plans, the creation of the Regional Network for IPE in the Americas (REIP), and the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the implementation of IPE in these countries.