Million Hearts: An Exemplary Platform for Teaching Interprofessional Practice & Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing Curricula
Friday, April 24, 2015: 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Holiday 5 (Hilton Baltimore)
Organizer: Kate Gawlik, DNP(c), MS, RN, APRN-BC, Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Background: Million Hearts® is a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. This University's College of Nursing has launched a free, online Million Hearts® interprofessional educational module as part of the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts (NIEPCAMH). Aims: The educational module— designed by faculty from medicine, nursing and pharmacy—is intended to help health professionals, faculty, and health professional students learn about how they can impact population health and work together through the Million Hearts® national initiative. Methods: Colleges across the country are participating by having their students complete the free module. The module involves watching a series of educational lectures, completing ten community screenings, uploading data on the ten screenings into the module, and taking a post-test. Students are then certified as Million Hearts® Fellows. Findings: Currently, 100 academic institutions and over 3,600 people have accessed the module. Over 26,000 people have been screened. Nurse practitioner courses have integrated Million Hearts® content into their curricula and emphasized the importance of teaching population health and interprofessional teamwork to their students. Diverse outreach opportunities exist in which to infiltrate the community setting with Million Hearts® screenings and patient education. Community health fairs, free clinics, influenza clinics, student organizations’ events, and on-campus health and wellness events are all excellent venues for providing screening opportunities. One exemplar of how This University has used Million Hearts® to promote population health, community engagement, and interprofessional teamwork is the Wellness On Wheels (WOW) tour. WOW is a three city bus tour conducted by an interprofessional team of students and faculty focused on doing Million Hearts screenings and education. Conclusions:By joining NIECAMH and engaging in Million Hearts® screenings, nurse practitioner faculty and students are contributing to three different sets of national initiatives and goals: the Million Hearts® initiative, Healthy People 2020, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim® while providing superior education and hands-on practical training.
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