Scott Reeves Named to Advisory Council of National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

Scott Reeves, PhD

Scott Reeves, PhD, director of the Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education at UC San Francisco, has been named to the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.
A world-renowned British social scientist, Reeves is a professor in the departments of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Medicine at UCSF. He was recruited to UCSF in 2011 to start UCSF’s interprofessional center.

Reeves is among other higher education and health system leaders tapped to incubate innovative ideas, define the field and guide interprofessional education program development and research. 

The vision of the center is to strengthen interprofessional practice and education to advance the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
The center’s goal is close the gap between higher education and practice communities by rigorously aligning their needs and interests through interprofessional education linked to collaborative practice. 

In October 2012, the University of Minnesota was awarded a Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) cooperative agreement to serve as the lead organization to coordinate interprofessional education and collaborative practice nationally. Barbara Brandt, associate vice president for education, Academic Health Center, serves as its director.

“Health care is in the midst of a rapid transformation,” Brandt said in a letter to Reeves asking him to serve. “Nationwide, the U.S. is striving to improve population health, increase value, and engage people, families, and communities in achieving health. 

I invite you to participate in a critical element of this national transformation by advising the new National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education as it works to integrate education with clinical practice in a way that improves health outcomes..”
In addition to the $4 million, five-year HRSA award, four foundations – the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation – have pledged an additional $8.6 million and are active participants in the national center’s development.
The national advisory council will consult with, make recommendations to, and advise the director, guiding the national center in its effort to transform health care by aligning education and practice. The council will meet twice each year, in the fall and spring, on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. 

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