National Academies of Practice The 2014 Annual Meeting & Forum will be held April 4-5, 2014, in Alexandria, Virginia. Register Now! or learn more on the Annual Meeting Page Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to February 15th! For Information on submitting an abstract Click here. -or-Submit an Abstract Here WHAT DOES "INTERPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE" MEAN?* The lowest level of "working together" is parallel practice where each professional makes his or her own decisions and operates in a silo. A middle level of "working together" would be individual practitioners making independent decisions about a patient and then consulting/communicating with the primary caregiver. A higher model of interprofessional healthcare refers to a form of practice wherein healthcare professionals from different disciplines and professions make up a team that makes a unified decision about a patient's care facilitated by regular face-to-face meetings. NAP strives towards this higher model of care. * We are indebted to Heather Boon who devised a conceptual model of working together from parallel practice to integrative care. Access her seminal paper here. WHO WE ARE NAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from ten different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of healthcare practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all. Membership currently includes five categories: Distinguished Practitioners, Distinguished Scholars, Distinguished Public Policy Fellows, Associate Members and Members Emeriti. WHAT WE STAND FOR All Americans should have affordable, accessible coordinated quality healthcare. Healthcare should include prevention as a core strategy. Healthcare should encompass physical, behavioral and social health. WHAT WE DO To promote our goals, we hold national Forums and publish policy papers on important interprofessional healthcare topics reflecting current and future issues about practice, education, policy and research. We share our papers and hold hearings with Congress, healthcare planners, public agencies and other interested parties. We publish an e-journal, the Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare (JIH), dedicated to papers about interprofessional healthcare topics. "Being selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) gives recognition to your contributions and accomplishments. It recognizes your interest and desire to be an integral part of collaborative interdisciplinary healthcare. It also reflects your commitment to rise above your individual discipline and be an equal partner in delivering total healthcare without boundaries." - Satya Verma, OD, FAAO, FNAP, DiplomateNAP's President-Elect Thank you to all who helped make the 2013 Annual Meeting & Forum such a Great Success! April 5 & 6, NAP presented an expanded format for the 2013 Forum, including additional opportunities for interprofessional networking and collaboration. More than 140 participants, including practitioners, scholars and researchers, and policy advocates attended. Click here for more program information.