Northeastern Wisconsin AHEC: NAO Center of Excellence Award

Northeastern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NEWAHEC) was one of four organizations to receive a Center of Excellence Award from the National AHEC Organization (NAO) at NAO’s biennial conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award was given in recognition of the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition led by NEWAHEC from September 2013 - January 2014.

The program brought together health care students from colleges and technical schools located throughout the state. Eight interprofessional teams of students competed. Interprofessional education is defined as students from more than one health care degree program learning about, from and with each other. Each of the eight teams was represented by at least three different types of students, such as nursing, medicine and pharmacy.

Each team was assigned the same case study scenario to examine interprofesisonal aspects of patient care and outcomes. The teams’ job was to determine the causes of what went wrong in the care of the patient and to recommend solutions.

The teams worked together for two months and then presented their findings and recommendations to a panel of judges comprised of leaders from health care organizations and academic institutions.

The program was recognized for its innovation and quality. Congratulations, NEWAHEC!