Past IPE Summits

Take a look at the groundbreaking presentations offered in past interprofessional education summits.

2015 Summit Plenary Speakers

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Interprofessional Primary Care: The Lifestyle Redesign® Approach


Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Dean
Chair and Mrs. T.H. Chan Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
Dr. Florence Clark is a widely published and noted scholar. Appointed as a charter member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), she has served as special consultant to the United States Army Surgeon General, been on the board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, and been the recipient of an Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the occupational therapy profession's highest academic honor. In 1999, AOTA honored her with its Award of Merit and in 2001 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California. She held elected national office as AOTA Vice President from 2007-2010 and as AOTA President from 2010-2013. Dr. Clark has attracted more than $10 million in extramural funding from NIH, NIDRR, and other federal agencies for research and training in the areas of healthy aging and the secondary conditions that impede the flourishing of people with disabilities in their real life circumstances.

Progress and Promise: Training Programs for Practice in Patient-Centered Medical Homes


Barbara Brandt, PhD
Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
University of Minnesota
Nationally and internationally known for her work in health professional education in general and in interprofessional education in particularly, Barbara Brandt serves as the Associate Vice President for Education within the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center. Since 2000, Dr. Brandt has held one of the only senior leadership positions in a U.S. university charged with systems-wide IPECP development across the health professions. She has developed leadership and capacity to align interprofessional education to practice, particularly in workforce development and the transformation of health care system. She developed the academic administrative platforms to support education and interprofessional education linked to practice.

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief executive officer, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Washington, DC
Founded in 2006, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) is dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The PCPCC achieves its mission through the work of our five Stakeholder Centers, led by experts and thought leaders who are dedicated to transforming the U.S. health care system through delivery reform, payment reform, patient engagement, and employee benefit redesign. Today, PCPCC’s membership represents more than 1,200 medical home stakeholders and supporters throughout the U.S.

Achieving The Triple Aim Through Comprehensive Primary Care


Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD
Assistant Professor, Director, Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy
University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is responsible for integrating mental health across all three of the Department’s core mission areas: clinical, education, and research. He has written and published on enhancing the evidentiary support for collaborative care models and increasing the training and education of mental health providers in primary care. Dr. Miller is a co-principal investigator and co-creator of the National Research Network’s Collaborative Care Research Network and often speaks on clinical, operational and financial components of integrating mental health and primary care as well as the policy implications for these models. Miller’s research interests include models of collaborative care, health behavior interventions, and primary care practice redesign.

Whole-Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness


Lucia Thornton, ThD, RN, MSN, AHN-BC
Dr. Thornton has been involved in nursing, holistic healing and healthcare for over 35 years. For the past 15 years Lucia has been involved with developing seminars for hospitals and communities that focus on optimal health and wellness and creating healing environments. She developed the Model of Whole-Person Caring which was the recipient of the 2004 Norman Cousins award and serves as a prototype for creating healing cultures within the workforce. She has worked in various clinical settings including emergency and trauma, intensive care, school nursing and research and development. Dr. Thornton helped develop one of the first inpatient hospice homes in the country and was instrumental in creating the process of Board Certification for Holistic Nursing in the United States. She established and directed The Visions in Healthcare Council and the Institute of Health and Well-Being to foster an awareness of health and healing in her community. She currently serves on the faculty of the Energy Medicine University and is an associate editor for Bridges, the magazine for the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine. She serves on the national board of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and is a past-president of the American Holistic Nurses Association.