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Framework for Lifestyle Medicine Collaborative Confirmed

Posted Aug. 1, 2013

The college has finalized arrangements to launch a graduate interprofessional education (IPE) program in lifestyle medicine, which will address cross-disciplinary management and prevention of chronic diseases.  Type 2 diabetes will be the initial focus.

With the college taking the lead, the Interprofessional Graduate Education Program in Lifestyle Medicine is being developed collaboratively with the College of Nursing, the College of Podiatric Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Pharmacy.
 
Lifestyle medicine is an emerging specialty involving the use of interventions such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation and a variety of other non-drug modalities to treat, manage and prevent disease.
 
“During the past several months, representatives of the four academic units have conferred on the structure and content of the collaborative,” says Willie H. Oglesby, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy & Management, who is spearheading the program’s development.  “We learned what other leading institutions were doing, conferred with experts and created an IPE plan that reflects best practices and where Kent State can stand out,” he explains.


“We will certainly stand out nationally with our approach that involves public health, podiatric medicine, nursing and pharmacy,” agrees says Dean Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D.  “This is truly innovative,” she says.

To gain insights into leading IPE program development, Oglesby, Alemagno and Vincent J. Hetherington, DPM, attended the invitation-only Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute May 20-22, where they were part of large-group learning sessions, received technical assistance from national and international IPE leaders and shared ideas and strategies with peers.
 
The program will be developed in two phases.  In the first phase, two foundational courses in team-based prevention and care will be created, implemented and evaluated.  The first course is classroom-based and the second is practice-based; both will focus on diabetes prevention and management.  Completion is expected during the 2012-2013 academic year.  “In the subsequent year, as our second phase, we will expand the foundational courses into a Graduate Certificate in Interprofessional Care and a suite of continuing education courses for working professionals,” says Oglesby.  Enrollment in the initial courses will be the summer and fall of 2014.

The college received $47,000 in seed funding from the Kent State Foundation to develop Interprofessional Graduate Education Program.