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Oct. 29 workshop to explore ‘interdisciplinarity’ ideas for health care providers, patient benefits

October 18, 2012

Image of a health care professional with white lab coat, blue scrubs and stethoscopeNIU will host “Interdisciplinarity: How Can This Approach Help Resolve the Most Complex Health Care Issues of Our Time?” from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at NIU-Naperville.

This groundbreaking workshop is being jointly designed and implemented by the NIU colleges of Business, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences and Law to explore important strategies for applying interdisciplinarity to health care issues such as patient safety, compliance and patient satisfaction.

Designed for health care administrators, health care providers, lawyers and academics, the keynote speaker for this workshop is Lawrence O. Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, professor at Georgetown University and a well-known expert on collaborative approaches.

Also featured is Jane L. Holl, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Healthcare Studies & Center for Education in Public Health at Northwestern University, who will share her expertise on patient safety. Participants also will hear from panelists representing the Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Aetna, the University of Chicago Medicine, Cadence Health, the Freeport Health Network, Loyola University School of Law and private practice.

Participants will engage in role-playing activities and discussion sections designed to enhance understanding of the importance of interdisciplinarity in solving complex real-world problems; successful integration of disciplines in the academy and in practice; best practices in interdisciplinarity; and the benefits of intersectionality beyond the classroom.

MCLE and Continuing Education contact hours will be awarded to participants in the workshop.

Registration is $50 and includes the full-day workshop, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is limited to 100 participants. Registration is available online.

NIU-Naperville is located 1120 E. Diehl Road.

For more information, call NIU Outreach at (815) 753-0277 or [email protected].