2021 TIPEC Conference Wrap-Up

The TIPEC 2021 conference took place On July 30, 2021 fully online. This year’s theme was focused on the Intersection of Collaborative Practice and Social Determinants of Health. It began with an informal pre-conference networking session with the Board of Directors followed by an introductory panel of esteemed health care experts entitled Determinants, Disparities, and Interprofessional Care to kick off the meeting. Janette Dumas Pepper, OD, FCOVD; Associate Professor and Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusion from Southern College of Optometry moderated the session. She was joined by Patricia Scott, DPN, RN, PNP, NCSN; Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Primary Prevention; Monique Anthony, MPH; Director of Minority Health & Disparities Elimination, TN Department of Health and Karen Winkfield, MD, OHD; Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. The role of social determinants of health on the health of Tennessee and ways health professionals exacerbate health disparities was discussed at length. Skills that novice professionals need to enter the health workforce was also provided. A post-panel debrief session was held with attendees on these topics to unpack them further. The following presentations were also well received by attendees:

Fitness in the Parks: Facilitating Physical and Psychosocial Wellness in Seniors
Kelly Layne, OTD
Cultivating Learning: Social Determinants & Development/Progression of Disease
Michelle McDonald, DrPH
VPIL: Collaborative Practice in the Nashville Community
Abigail Burka, PharmD
Shannon Cole, DNP, FNP

Integrated throughout the conference were poster presentation Q/A sessions. Posters were distributed for review pre-conference:

CHIME: Intersection of Collaborative Practice Toward COVID-19 Health Information
Sajeesh Kumar, PhD; Lynn Russell, RDH, EdD; Leah Cordova, MLIS

Converging Healthcare and Public Health Cases for Interprofessional Education
Florence M. Weierbach, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN; Kate Beatty, PhD; Alicia Williams, EdD, CSAC; Kristen McHenry, EdD, RRT, RRT-ACCS

The Effects of a Multi-phased Nursing-Pharmacy Educational Asthma Intervention
Justin Kirby, PharmD; Hannah Kestner, DNP; Carrie Plummer, PhD; Jessica Wallace, PharmD

Growing Community Engagement and Aligning Curriculum
Emily Flores, PharmD, BCPS1; Caroline Abercrombie, MD; Alicia Williams, EdD, CSAC; Brian Cross, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Building Capacity to Address Social Determinants Through IPE
Amy Johnson, EdD; Alicia Williams, EdD, CSAC; Caroline Abercrombie, MD;Brian Cross, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Teaching Social Determinants of Health through Experiential Learning
Christian L. Williams, DrPH, MPH

As is tradition, we held a Reviewers choice award poll prior to the conference and a People’s choice award during the conference once all posters were presented. This year the winner in both categories was:
Growing Community Engagement and Aligning Curriculum
Emily Flores, PharmD, presenter

She received a book for each category she won in:
Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity and the Social Determinants of Health
Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Health Care

Tennessee Collaborative Practice Society (TCPS)
The TCPS pilot was introduced and is currently underway for students. Through an application process, TCPS provides recognition to graduating students who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to interprofessional practice and collaboration.
Two new Board members were voted in at the conclusion of the meeting.
Welcome Marian Levy and Sajeesh Kumar!

The next TIPEC Meeting will take place in January 2022. Stay tuned for more information on our website http://www.tipec.org

Sherry Jimenez, EdD, CHCP, CHSE, FNAOME
Board Vice President, TIPEC
Co-Chair Membership and Communications Working Group, TIPEC