A message regarding what’s happening with the House of Delegates (HOD) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- The HOD spring meeting will focus on the Critical Issue question “How do we develop collaborative-ready practitioners across all practice areas?”
- December 8 a survey will be sent out to help the HOD delegates (a.k.a, me! and others) represent the best interests of their constituents (a.k.a. all of you!).
- It’s a short survey, so please take the time to complete it and get your opinions heard. And, yes, I will likely send out multiple emails to remind everyone to do just that.
What is meant by “collaborative-ready practitioner” and “collaborative practice”? The following definitions come from the World Health Organization’s 2010 Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. While this definition focuses on health care, it can apply to all practice areas. All RDNs/NDTRs can benefit from collaborative efforts to achieve a shared goal. Participation in interprofessional teams can expand the influence and reach of the Academy and its members.
- Collaborative practice happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, careers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care. It allows health workers to engage any individual whose skills can help achieve local health goals.
- A collaborative practice-ready health worker is someone who has learned how to work in an interprofessional team and is competent to do so.
- Interprofessional education is a necessary step in preparing a “collaborative practice-ready” health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs.
Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Affiliate Delegate