Building partnerships: educating health professionals for the communities they serve

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Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996 - Business & Economics - 216 pages
Building Partnerships tells the story of a major initiative that is helping to change the course of medical education--the Community Partnerships sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which focus on enhancing teamwork within the medical professions and meeting community-defined needs for primary health care. Since 1991, hundreds of medical, nursing, physician assistant, social work, dental, allied health, and other students, operating in seven sites, have been trained to serve their communities in this new and revolutionary manner.Rather than promote a single solution, Building Partnerships reveals the development of many different ways in which health professions' education systems can and should be adapted to increase their relevance to the needs of the people. The book shows how Community Partnerships are able to bridge the gap that exists between the culture of communities and the culture of academe by creating viable linking organizations to connect the two. The authors also examine the role public policy plays in contributing to the current systems of health professions' education and how public policy can support change.

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How Public Policy Is Shaped
Evaluation as a Tool for Reform
Multidisciplinary Care and Education

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About the author (1996)

RONALD W. RICHARDS is program director, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and professor of medical education, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.