Barbara Brandt, EdM, PhD, FNAP
Founding Director
National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
University of Minnesota

Renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional practice and education and continuing health professions education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as the founding director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (National Center), a public-private partnership charged by its founders to provide the leadership, evidence, and resources needed to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a way to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care. The founders and funders of the National Center are the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration; the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Brandt has served as a tenured professor of pharmacy and an associate vice president at the University of Minnesota for over 15 years. She has also served as a principal investigator of over $25M in grants and contracts while at Minnesota . Under her leadership, several interprofessional programs were initiated, including the Academic Health Center Office of Education, the Health Careers Center, the Interprofessional Education and Resource Center and the 1Health Interprofessional Education curriculum

In her leadership roles, Dr. Brandt has served as a consultant, advisor and speaker for a wide variety of organizations such as the Institute of Medicine – now the National Academy of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, the Academy of Healthcare Improvement, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Nurses Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Medical Association, among many higher education institutions, other professional and academic associations and groups. She was a founding member of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, growing out of studying National Health Service Corps Scholars after placement in their first practice assignment.

Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education, specializing in the health professions from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Brandt is a fellow of the National Academy of Practice.  Her honors include: University of Illinois Distinguished Alumna; Honorary Alumna of the National Health Service Corps; Fellow, National Academy of Practice, and 2018 University of South Carolina-Greenville Luminary in Medicine.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Our collaborative work today stands upon the shoulders of visionaries from the past century who held big ideas, hopes, and dreams to change their status quo to make the world a better place for today’s generations and for our future. For the National Center, the past is becoming present and future while working with IPE Pioneer, Dr. Dewitt (Bud) Baldwin, to archive his collection of decades of interprofessional education and collaborative practice papers, reports and memories from his career. This University of Minnesota archival and preservation work is bringing alive Big Ideas of the past…
Join Barbara Brandt, National Center director, and Shelley Cohen Konrad, today’s plenary facilitator, for an open conversation and debrief following today’s Nexus Summit sessions.  Informed by today’s plenary, seminars, lightning talks, and Conversation Cafe, bring your questions, reflections and ideas for an informal conversation as we explore the implications of this important work for every day, for research in the field and for future policy considerations. To contribute to the conversation more broadly, we encourage you to post your ideas on our discussion board.
Join Barbara Brandt, National Center director, and Denise Rodgers, today’s facilitator, for an open conversation and debrief following today’s Nexus Summit sessions. Informed by today’s plenary, seminars, lightning talks, and Conversation Cafes, bring your questions, reflections and ideas for an informal conversation as we explore the implications of this important work for every day, for research in the field and for future policy considerations. To contribute to the conversation more broadly, we encourage you to post your ideas on our discussion board.
Based upon substantial experience in implementing and studying Nexus implementation, the National Center developed the NexusIPE™ Learning Model as an overarching framework designed to provide practical concepts and tools to support teams in developing education-community/practice collaborations and partnerships that matter. Join us to get a taste of how you can apply the concepts, principles, and tools included in this framework as a first step in developing new or enriching current implementation plans in your own Nexus.   Objectives: Discuss the characteristics of the Nexus, the…