Jennifer Mendez, PhD
Associate Professor, Emeritus
Wayne State University
Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Since 1989, she has developed training programs, for students. Her academic initiatives, have been funded at the national, state and local level to directly impact older adults living in the community. She has mentored students and collaborated with many service delivery organizations, with a particular interest in a public health issue. The Interprofessional Team Visit with Older Adults (IPTV) program at Wayne State University under her leadership has received awards for assess adults in their homes either virtually or in person.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Background: Participation in interprofessional education (IPE) during formal education is necessary to properly prepare students to collaborate with various disciplines in their clinical practice. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated room capacity restrictions and social distancing recommendations have made it challenging for educators and institutions to continue the implementation of IPE activities. The safety of students and patients/clients is necessary when providing IPE opportunities in our current pandemic climate. Therefore, telehealth modality was implemented to…
Background: In response to COVID-19, regulations governing Telehealth were relaxed providing new opportunities for patient care delivery. Training students to deliver Telehealth became essential. We developed an interprofessional curriculum to deliver Telehealth education with a focus on recognizing and addressing health disparities. Methodology: The curriculum was delivered through asynchronous modules, a synchronous virtual orientation, and a Telehealth simulation. Students were assigned in interprofessional teams of 3-5 disciplines. Prior to orientation each student received a case to…