Brasilia, Brazil, December 10, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - More than 120 representatives from Ministries of Health and Education, educational institutions and researchers from 28 countries of the Region, and from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) met in Brasilia, Brazil, from 5-6 December, to establish an agenda to advance towards the incorporation of Interprofessional Education (IPE) into health education policies in the Region.
According to the World Health Organization, IPE occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.
Interprofessional collaboration in education is recognized as an innovative strategy and one of the most promising solutions to help mitigate the global health workforce crisis, and a necessary step to train human resources for health to be prepared to address people's needs.
In February 2018, countries from the Region will submit a national working plan on how they will move towards the incorporation of the IPE into health education policies. The meeting closed with the launch of the Regional Network for interprofessional education in the Americas. This network is a strategy for coordination and cooperation between educational institutions, professional organizations, and ministries of Health and Education to promote IPE and collaborative practice in health care in the Americas.
In this Network, each country has a representative from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and a public educational institution or professional association from within the Region. Argentina, Brazil and Chile will coordinate the Network over a two-year period. The Network prepared a two-years working plan that include a set of regional and national activities. The meeting was sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and organized jointly with PAHO.