Thank you to all who helped make the 2013 Annual Meeting & Forum a success.


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Click here for the Abstract Book for the Poster Session Friday evening.

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Plenary Speaker Materials:

     John Wren, Friday Morning

     Suzanne Gordon, Saturday Morning

     Ruth Purtilo, Saturday Morning


Friday Afternoon Sessions:

     Reshaping Health & Disease Management with Mobile APPs

     Understanding the Current Procedural Terminology System

     Function Matters: Making the Case Framework for Interprofessional Practice - the International Classification of Functioning

     Interprofessional Clinical Session - Grand Rounds: Teaming for Better Care


Saturday Afternoon Sessions:

     Turning Difficult Conversations into Meaningful Ones

     Head to Toe: Care and Comfort in Aging

     Promoting Healthy Aging through Health Behavior Change


NAP is proud to present an expanded format for the 2013 Forum, including additional opportunities for interprofessional networking and collaboration, and has designed a program addressing the opportunities and challenges of interprofessional care for our aging population. This year’s meeting has presentations and experts covering everything from new uses of technology to epigenetics, and even a session featuring an interprofessional “Grand Rounds,” all within the context of improving the health of today’s older patients. This Forum has information to help you increase the level of interprofessional collaboration in your own work, whether you are a practitioner, a researcher, or a policy advocate.

The program has something for everyone who is or will be practicing, educating or making policy in the interprofessional healthcare arena.


Plenary Speakers:


Developments in US Policy on Health and Aging
John Wren
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Administration on Aging (AoA)

John Wren is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Evaluation where he oversees AoA’s strategic planning, policy development, budgeting, and management functions.
Prior to joining AoA in 2000, Mr. Wren served as Vice President for the National Council on the Aging and the Director of the National Aging Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts. From 1976 to 1995, Mr. Wren worked for the New York State Office for the Aging, where he designed and implemented several major statewide programs for the elderly, including the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program, the State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistant Program, and the State Family Caregivers Assistance Program. He also served as lead staff directed to the Governor’s Policy Coordinating Council on Long Term Care.



Team Intelligence for Interprofessional Education, Care and Practice
Suzanne Gordon
Co-Editor, The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work Series Cornell University Press

The support for healthy aging often means caring for a person with complex and chronic health problems. An additional layer of complexity it often the growing number of providers who may be called on to provide care.  A variety of studies on the issues of safety, quality, access and cost have suggested that the lack of effective team communication and collaboration are the most common problems.  Under the new models of care in the Patient Protection Affordable Healthcare Act (PPAHCA) such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Medical or Health Care Homes are focused on team based care for aging and older adults.  Today many hospitals, practices, health care facilities and educational programs are talking about and moving toward Interprofessional Education, Care, and Practice.  The question is: What does it mean to practice, and educate healthcare professionals and others who work in health care to care for the aged in an interprofessional manner?  What do you need to know to practice interprofessionally?  This talk will focus on the issue of Team Intelligence.  It will explain what Team Intelligence is and why it is central to Interprofessionalism, safe practice, patient safety, and reduction in healthcare costs.  The talk will use the creation of Team Intelligence in the Aviation Safety Model (ASM) as an example of how Team Intelligence can be taught and the benefits it can bring.


The Ethics of Interprofessional Practice
Dr. Ruth Purtilo, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Purtilo has been widely recognized for her work in ethics. In 1991 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Divinity School. In 1983 she was awarded the Nellie Westerman Prize by the American Federation for Clinical Research for her article predicting major ethical and social issues that the (then) new disease called AIDS would create. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow and MacMillan Scholar of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Among her books are Health Professional-Patient Interaction (7th Ed, co-authored with Amy Haddad with 8th edition in preparation) and Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (5th Ed. co-authored with Regina Doherty). She is co editor (with Gail Jensen and Charlotte Royeen) of Educating for Moral Action: A Sourcebook in Health and Rehabilitation Ethics and co-editor (with Henk ten Have) of Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care for Alzheimer Disease.




Additional Sessions:


Reshaping Health & Disease Management with Mobile APPs
Emerging health care technology applications, including mobile applications called mHealth apps are rapidly changing how consumers and patients are working as increasingly knowledgeable member of the health care team.  These mobile apps connected to larger health IT systems in private practice and health care delivery systems across the continuum of care open new opportunities for interprofessional team care focused on management of chronic conditions and promoting health and well-being.
Patricia Hinton Walker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Leader of the TIGER Initiative Foundation and
Vice President for Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Uniform Health Services University


Function Matters: Making the Case Framework for Interprofessional Practice - the International Classification of Functioning (ICF)
This session will present the concept of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) as a companion to the International Classification of Disease (ICD).  The emphasis of the ICF is on function not illness.  Developed by the World Health Organization, it provides a template for addressing healthy function and taking the focus off of illness as the leading driver of healthcare.  This session will focus on how the ICF is being used in various countries and case examples in the United States for tracking enhanced or maintained function of elders.  ICF holds real potential to help re-focus the American healthcare system.
Marie A. DiCowden, PhD, FNAP
Executive Director of the Biscayne Institutes of Health & Living, Inc.
Dr. DiCowden has served as NAP Vice President of Public Policy for the past 7 years.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Biscayne Institutes of Health & Living, Inc. which was founded as interprofessional program to care for person with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries and TBI. This innovative program provides frontline, integrative care for disabled children and adults through The Biscayne Institutes as well as health programs for mind and body for the community-at-large.
Statistician, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Hough serves as a Statistician in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in Hyattsville, MD.  Dr. Hough is affiliated with the Classifications and Public Health Data Standards Section at NCHS.  His scientific activities focus on implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.  Since 2006, Dr. Hough has served as Co-Chairman of the federal Interagency Subcommittee on Disability Statistics.  Dr. Hough has served as an Epidemiologist in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and as a Health Scientist in the Division of Human Development and Disability at the CDC, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, in Atlanta, GA.
Lynn Bufka, PhD
Assistant Executive Director, Practice Research and Policy at American Psychological Association
Dr. Lynn F. Bufka is Assistant Executive Director, Practice Research and Policy, at the American Psychological Association and a licensed clinical psychologist.  Her current work addresses the integration of psychology in the health care delivery system, advancing professional psychology’s participation in the discussion of evidence-based practice, outcomes measurement, clinical practice guidelines and diagnostic and functional classification.  


Understanding the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) System:  The Key to the What, How and Reimbursement of Healthcare
Despite changes in reimbursement, the need to track healthcare services will continue to employ the CPT codes.  This session will discuss the CPT system and the development of new codes as a means to expand interprofessional teamwork and the steps required to seek approval of new codes will be elaborated.
Antonio Puente, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Puente is a member of the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) panel and the only psychologist to have served on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid‘s Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.  He currently serves the Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare, NAP’s online journal and of Neuropsychology Review a quarterly scientific journal, as well as for a book series in clinical Neuropsychology (33 books).  He has lectured in more than a dozen foreign countries and has supervised fellows or visiting scientists from Cuba, Russia, South Africa, and Spain.  He is Past-President of the North Carolina Psychological Association, North Carolina Psychological Foundation, the National Academy of Neuropsychology and for the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association.


Interprofessional Grand Rounds – Teaming for Better Care
This will be an interactive interprofessional threaded case study that addresses the integration of clinical knowledge, shared roles, effective communication and implications for policy through the utilization of the framework of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) and the format of case presentation in small groups. An assessment tool will be utilized as a basis for discussion in small groups.
Debbie Hettler, OD MPH, FAAO
Clinical Director, Associated Health Education, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), Veteran’s Administration (VA) Central Office, Washington, DC
Dr. Debbie Hettler represents OAA on the Federal Education and Training Interagency Group for Public Health and Disaster Preparedness & Response.  Her education includes a BS and OD from The Ohio State University College of Optometry and an MPH from University of Illinois.  Her professional practice experience includes optometric education, clinical practice in HMO's, and the VA as well as quality assurance activities.  She has over 100 scientific presentations including such topics as clinical techniques, ocular disease, public health issues, contact lenses, and managed care, and authored articles published concerning public health, primary care coordination and ocular disease topics.  She has served in leadership roles in the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, and American Public Health Association.
Karen Anne Wolf PhD, ANP-BC, DFNAP
Chair, NAP Nursing Academy
Professor, Geriatric Content Expert & Faculty Development Coordinator at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA
Dr. Wolf is a former Associate Director the MGH Institute of Health Professions Program in Nursing, Director of Health Wellness Cambridge Senior Center and Nurse Practitioner, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Lifelong Medical Over 60 Health Centers.  She has published and presented on nursing and health policy, advanced practice roles and trends and care of vulnerable populations.


One Health: Lessons of the Archaic
This session will have participants examine the role of interprofessional collaborations in recognizing how human activities redefine impacts of infectious and non-infectious diseases on regional ecologies.  Illustrative studies will consider implications from early hunter-gatherers to modern populations.
Dennis Lawler, DVM
Dr. Lawler received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois.  His research and clinical background includes animal reproduction, genetics, aging, and population medicine.  He was part of an international research team headed by National Institutes of Health scientists that explored the genetics of size in dogs, identifying a single gene coding for a growth factor (IGF-1) that accounts for about 50% of the size variation among dog breeds of today.  He was a co-principal investigator in a study in which lifetime reduced energy intake was evaluated in dogs.  Dr. Lawler’s current research interests include biology of archaeological mammalian populations and genetic aspects of chronic diseases of aging.


Promoting Healthy Aging through Health Behavior Change
Barry Nierenberg, PhD, ABPP
Associate Professor of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies
At Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Nierenberg leads the Study Center in Positive Psychology - an emerging field of study which focuses on what makes people thrive and groups flourish.  He holds a Diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology, is a member of the Executive Board of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and is the current President of the Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology.  For the past 30 years, Dr. Nierenberg held leadership positions as a Psychologist working with other healthcare professionals in hospitals across the country.  He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Florida Department of Health’s Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council where he previously held the post of Chairman.  He is the one of the Past Presidents of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.  His research interests are focused on the interplay of biopsychosocial factors in chronic illness, wellness and disease
Donna Neff, PhD, Rn, DSNAP (invited)
Associate Professor and Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of South Florida.


Turning Difficult Conversations into Meaningful Conversations
Difficult conversations abound throughout the stages and experiences of patients’ lives, from birth through aging.  Similarly, many conversations between interprofessional colleagues can be challenging for diverse reasons.  This interactive session will focus on principles of dialogue and models of communication to move challenging conversations into meaningful ones. Participants will have the opportunity work together in small, lively, interprofessional groups to identify and discuss characteristics of meaningful conversations with patients and with their interprofessional colleagues.
Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, FNAP
Co-Chair, Medicine Academy and Senior Fellow, National Academies of Practice
Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Director of Programs for Communication Skills,
Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital,
Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, DPNAP, FAAN
Treasurer and Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
Executive Vice President & Chief Professional Practice Officer
Elsevier Clinical Practice Model (CPM) Resource Center,
Grand Rapids, MI
Tracy Christopherson, BAS, RRT
Director of Interdisciplinary Practice,
Elsevier CPM Resource Center,
Grand Rapids, MI

Head to Toe: Care and Comfort in Aging
This panel will briefly highlight some major contributions and policy barriers to healthy aging from the perspectives of podiatry, optometry, dentistry and pharmacy.  This program is intended to stress the importance of a holistic approach to aging- moving beyond a traditional medical-illness model to address the importance of dental, foot care and vision care to functioning and quality of life.  These areas are too often neglected by both a largely medical focused reimbursement system. But, the failure to care for the eyes, dentition and feet can have a profound impact on quality of life.  While is only a brief panel presentation, with an hour for the group, this panel will help NAP members and guests consider how to build support for policy changes that support holistic care for aging adults. 

Podiatry: Arthur E Helfand, DPM
Currently Professor Emeritus at Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Helfand is also Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, a member of the Honorary Staff at Temple University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a consultant to Temple University’s Institute on Aging, and the retired Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health, Aging, and Health Policy at Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Helfand practiced clinically for 45 years in Philadelphia.  Dr. Helfand is currently a member of the Task Force on Aging of the American Public Health Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and a member of the Stakeholders Group on Diabetes for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He has authored or co-authored over 337 papers, teaching programs, and book chapters, and has edited 6 texts dealing with podogeriatrics, rehabilitation of the foot and podiatric public health.

Optometry: Jeffrey L. Weaver, OD - ABO , Executive Director, American Board of Optometry. Saint Louis, Missouri

Dentistry: Paula Friedman, DMD, Associate Dean, Boston University,  Coordinator of Geriatric Dentistry residency

Moderator:  Jenny A. Van Amburgh,  PharmD, RPh, FPhA, BCACP, CDE, Associate Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University - Bouve College of Health Sciences - School of Pharmacy