Healthcare professionals working with new families, including physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, social workers, dieticians, and many others, play a profound role in infant feeding decisions. Interprofessional Education (IPE) is an integral component of professional training to equip an array of healthcare workers to cultivate patient-centered care in a collaborative team environment; however, curricula addressing breastfeeding did not exist until the creation of the Breastfeeding: Human Medicine IPE module in 2020 by the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER), Inspire Health and the University of Mississippi Medical School. Our lightning talk will discuss usage of this novel resource to date and describe creative options for implementing the curriculum to improve provider breastfeeding knowledge, skills, and confidence, build interdisciplinary partnerships, and improve patient outcomes.
The talk will address the summit theme of improving care outcomes through interprofessional innovations by reviewing how this novel IPE resource about breastfeeding fills gaps in professional education that must be addressed in order to address existing disparities. It furthermore will address theme 4 (partnerships) by discussing the important role that partnerships played in the creation of the IPE, and how IPE focused on partnerships and patient-centered care is integral for improving breastfeeding rates.
The talk will provide knowledge to learners by highlighting creative options for using the module to engage local health professionals, improve relevant referrals, foster consistent messaging, build collaboration, and improve provider breastfeeding knowledge, skills, and confidence leading to a reduction in disparities and improved care outcomes.
As reviewed above, the talk aligns with the summit objectives, the selected theme, and represents an interprofessional initiative. Review of usage thus far and ideas for how the module can be used provide attendants knowledge and skills.