UK Hosts Conferences for Community-based Health Professionals
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2009) - The UK HealthCare's Community-based Faculty Program and Kentucky Ambulatory Network will host a cooperative conference April 24-25, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington.
The conference, "Preparing Health Professionals for the 21st Century: Pathways to Partnership to Enhance the Health Professions Workforce," is for community and academic medical center educators and researchers.
This conference will advance health care by strengthening university-community partnerships in education and research. It will provide important information and offer a forum for dialogue between campus and community-based health professionals in order to enhance community-campus engagement. The conference also will address issues pertinent to the education of health professions students in the community as well as partnerships for translational research.
"The conference began as a effort to engage community partners in education and now has expanded into a full blown interprofessional community-campus partnership for education and research," said Jim Ballard, associate program administrator for the UK Area Health Education Center (UK AHEC). "Thus, consistent with UK President Dr. Lee T. Todd's vision, we are continuing to tear down the walls between the community and campus, beginning with education and now expanded to research. We believe we are doing this in a way that is unique in the nation."
The 9th annual Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN) Convocation will be held April 24-25 beginning at noon on April 24. The welcome and history of KAN and the future of KAN will be presented by Dr. Kevin A. Pearce, director of KAN, and associate professor of family and community medicine, UK College of Medicine. Other topics include a plenary session by an expert panel on "It's not all bad: implications for practice-based research of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" and "Opportunities for collaborative research on the prevention of chronic disease in Kentucky" by Elizabeth A. Johnson, commissioner, Department of Medicaid Services, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Sessions on April 25 include "The front line: how should primary care providers and researchers collaborate to reduce substance abuse in Kentucky" and "Public health and primary care: working together to improve health through practice-based research."
The keynote address on April 25 is "Growing our Own: Partnering to Develop the Next Generation of Health Care Practitioners" presented by Kentucky students who have participated in various AHEC health careers programs and Dr. Jay Perman, dean, UK College of Medicine, and Dr. Jane Kirschling, dean, UK College of Nursing. Concurrent sessions will include "Generational differences among learners and the impact on education;" "The legal issues of precepting;" "Starting with the basics; introduction to precepting;" and "The arts as a catalyst for community health information and education."
For more information contact Jim Ballard at 859-323-8018 or by email.