An interprofessional role for veterinary medicine in human health promotion and disease prevention

Authors: Hendrix, Charles; McClelland, Catherine; Thompson, Isabelle; Maccabe, Andrew; Hendrix, Charlotte

Source: Journal of Interprofessional Care, Volume 19, Number 1, January 2005 , pp. 3-10(8)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

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In the past, veterinarians have participated in interprofessional collaboration to support the health promotion and disease prevention goals and objectives described in the United States Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Healthy People 2010. Such projects have resulted from collaboration resulting from a writing competition, the DHHS's Secretary's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Secretary's Award). The Secretary's Award, which interfaces with Healthy People 2010, has been effectively used as a means of training community-responsive veterinary students in a variety of interprofessional collaborations. All future health care professionals should be trained in innovative interprofessional problem solving, the 'art of thinking outside the box', and the importance of responsiveness to the needs of the community. These health professional students' collaborative efforts are vital for the continual improvement of any nation's health care system in the 21st century.
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