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 fourteen 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 Education and Practice (JIEP) , dedicated to papers about interprofessional healthcare topics. 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. "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, Diplomate NAP's President-Elect NAP Partners with International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare NAP is pleased to announce that it is a Partner of the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare. The Charter is an international, interprofessional collaborative effort to restore the primacy of core values necessary for practicing compassionate, ethical, and safe healthcare around the world. Created in early 2011, the Charter is a major initiative of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Technology Sydney, Australia. NAP members and colleagues have been involved with the Charter since its inception, and NAP members helped to identify core values for interprofessional healthcare interactions. Please click here for more information.