Northwestern Health Sciences University hosts 2017 PIE Conference
| July 18, 2017
Northwestern Health Sciences University welcomed more than 100 guests to Bloomington, Minnesota, for the 2017 Process of Integrating Evidence for the Complementary and Integrative Health Educators (PIE) conference.
This past Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 15, Northwestern Health Sciences University welcomed more than 100 guests to Bloomington, Minnesota, for the 2017 Process of Integrating Evidence for the Complementary and Integrative Health Educators (PIE) conference, held in collaboration with CEIPE, NCMIC Foundation and grant award number NIH/NCCIH R25AT003580. Every two years the PIE Conference provides CIH educators training in the principles, practice and teaching of evidence-informed practice (EIP). Attendees hailed from as far away as New Zealand and Canada, representing multidisciplinary universities and professional schools across the United States.
Conference attendees enjoyed a variety of insightful plenaries.
“One of the more exciting developments for this year included several new topic areas introduced to the diverse audience of healthcare providers,” said PIE Conference Coordinator and Northwestern Associate Provost Dr. Pat Casello-Maddox.
Dr. Casello-Maddox and the PIE Planning Committee added a plenary focused on how to be a valuable member of an inter-professional team, presented by St. Catherine University's Dr. Moyers and Dr. Finch-Guthrie.
Palmer clinical faculty teamed up to provide insights on including the patient's narrative in EIP for better patient outcomes. In the final panel, moderated by Northwestern’s Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Dr. Michele Maiers, panelists discussed leveraging research to shape health policy. Panelists included Dr. Jeff Schiff, medical director of the Minnesota Health Care Programs; Minnesota Senator Chris Eaton, DFL District 40; and Dr. Mark Denham, doctor of chiropractic and North Mankato mayor.
Guests also toured Northwestern and learned about its services and unique features, from the Human Performance Center and on-site clinics to the clinical labs and technology-enhanced classrooms. Positive comments abounded throughout the conference.
Said one attendee: "This conference is a gem for faculty, administrators and field practitioners in need of EIP reinforcement. It is a perfect length and a great value." Another attendee appreciated that it was “a fun way to apply some of the tools and information learned, as well as gain instructional ideas from other participants.”