Partnering for health

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education granted Joint Accreditation with Commendation

May 9, 2022
Steve Rudolph

Lynda Welage, Christine Arenson, and Connie Delaney

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education was awarded Joint Accreditation with Commendation as a provider of continuing education for the interprofessional team by the governing bodies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC). The National Center received a six-year reaccreditation because of its demonstration of exemplary performance and commitment to developing and implementing student and patient-engaged and evidence-based programming.

In 2020, the National Center formed the National Center Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy to advance the continuum of professional and interprofessional lifelong learning through innovation, research and continuous quality improvement.

“With a commitment to advancing interprofessional practice and education, we are honored to be recognized by the Joint Accreditation as a premier provider of continuing education for the health care team and look forward to continuing to advance how teams deliver care with a focus on what matters most to those they serve,” says Christine Arenson, MD, National Center director. 

“The School of Nursing celebrates the National Center’s commitment to developing and implementing student and patient-engaged professional development that advances interprofessional care to improve the health and wellbeing of all,” says Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, dean of the School of Nursing.

“The National Center is a true gem in our University community and these commendations come as no surprise. The College of Pharmacy is privileged to collaborate with them and the School of Nursing, not only from the standpoint of interprofessional leadership, education and practice, but also in the realm of workforce development and continuing education,” says Lynda Welage, PharmD, FCCP, dean of the College of Pharmacy. 

The Joint Accreditation awards Accreditation with Commendation to recognize and celebrate organizations that excel as continuing education providers. In receiving the recognition, the National Center complied with all standard criteria and newly adopted criteria, including efforts to: 
• Engage patients and students as planners and teachers
• Address factors beyond clinical care, such as social determinants of health, that affect the health of patients
• Collaborate with organizations to address population health issues
• Optimize communication skills of learners
• Create opportunities for learners to develop individualized learning plans

By awarding the National Center with this honor, the Joint Accreditation has demonstrated that the National Center is a learning organization that provides relevant, interprofessional, practice-based continuing education that positively impacts health across the country. 

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