National Health Sciences Students' Association, Vancouver, Canada
The National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) was established in 2005, and it is the first national interprofessional student association in the world. NaHSSA is a network of local university and college-based chapters that promote interprofessional education and practice within Canada. It enables students to advocate for and learn from this form of education through social networking and leadership opportunities.
NaHSSA promotes patient-centered practice and teamwork through interprofessional education in order to respond to the evolving health care needs of Canadians. NaHSSA works actively with its chapters, students, and faculty to promote the attitudes, behaviours, and skills conducive to collaborative team-based care. In February 2007, a three-year financial sustainability plan was put in place to fund work.
Links to the health workforce crisis
The Emerging Health Leaders (EHL) is one of NaHSSA's newest partnerships, which provides leadership opportunities for those transitioning from the professional student to practitioner. Interprofessional collaborative patient-centered practice is designed to promote the active participation of several health care disciplines and professions. NaHSSA uses this theory to improve recruitment and retention of health care workers.
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