The Unit of Human Resources for Health (HSS/HR), Department of Health Systems and Services (HSS), hosted in Bogotá, Colombia, from December 7 to 9 the meeting “Interprofessional Education in Healthcare: Improving Human Resources Capacity to Achieve Universal Health”.
A total of 14 countries of the Region of the Americas were represented including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America and Uruguay; along with Spain and the United Kingdom. Representatives from the Ministries of Health from 8 countries were present (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico), along with representatives from Ministries of Education (Argentina, Brazil and Mexico), university deans and professors. We also counted with the participation of school of health professionals associations and health professionals associations.
Participants of the meeting engaged in rich discussions regarding Interprofessional Education (IPE) concepts, foundations, faculty development, curriculum design and implementation, regulation of health professionals, interprofessional health team management, and others themes. Considering the IPE experiences of the countries participating in the meeting, throughout presentations and working groups, IPE was discussed in view of the alignment of education with community and population health needs, the transformation of the health professionals education and innovative responses to human resources for health education needs through the use of technology.