Kaisa Syvaoja, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences
The College of St. Scholastica
Dr. Syväoja is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She has a clinical background working with a variety of different patient populations. She currently is the Level 1 Fieldwork Specialist, maurices Community Clinic Occupational Therapy coordinator, and Interprofessional Education coordinator for the occupational therapy program. She has an interest area in health policy, community and population health, and complex and chronic condition management.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The opportunity for students to work with patients to address social determinants of health (SDOH) is pivotal to the learning of their professional roles and responsibilities and how to communicate and operate as part of a team. This presentation explores how an allied health program implemented intentional education with students on SDOH followed by opportunities to screen for SDOH with patients in a student-led clinic. Through the screening process, students identified patient needs and provided recommendations and referrals to community organizations through a patient-centered care…
Interprofessional faculty peer mentoring fosters learning together in the nexus to address what matters most to advance and sustain interprofessional practice and education (IPE). Formal and informal programs utilizing faculty or expert patients as mentors exist for interprofessional students, residents, and fellows and intraprofessional pre-/post-doctoral students, early career faculty, and clinical and translational research learners. Few opportunities exist for health and health-related professions faculty to receive formal mentoring across rank and experience levels to advance and sustain…