Catherine Hechmer, MSW/LISW-S, LICDC-CS
Interprofessional Education & Practice Coordinator/Field Instructor & Integrated Care Social Worker
The Ohio State University
Catherine Hechmer, MSW/LISW-S, LICDC-CS is the Interprofessional Education and Practice Field Coordinator for the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. In this position she facilitates placement and supervision of social work students in interprofessional healthcare settings, encourages and precepts social work student engagement in IPE activites across the University, and participates in OSU's BuckIPE curriculum planning and implementation. Her professional practice has been predominately in treatment of substance use disorders, and integrated care in primary care settings, which currently includes supervising social work students in field placement at the OSU student-run Columbus Free Clinic. She is a board member at-large for the Student-Run Free Clinic Faculty Association. Catherine values working with interprofessional colleagues to provide quality learning opportunities for students to learn with, about, and from one another about how to become expert interprofessional teams providing expert collaborative healthcare to patients, families, and populations.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Description Effective teams are necessary for productive interprofessional education and collaborative practice. To prepare graduates who can serve as competent, caring, and effective team members, then the process of modelling and building effective teams and collaboration should be exemplified during health professions education. Some would say that academic collaboration is something of an oxymoron, often driven by long-standing academic traditions, working in our respective silos, and financial incentives that often continue to challenge collaboration. Even though students who enter…