Ellen Bannister, MA
Academic Programs Coordinator
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center for Learning and Leadership/ Oklahoma’s UCEDD
Ellen Bannister, MA, is the mother of two children with intellectual/ developmental disabilities (I/DD). She is Academic Programs Coordinator of the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL). Her life experience of caring for her own children has inspired her work to improve access to high-quality health care for people with I/DD. Ellen is a member of the OUHSC Interprofessional Educators and Practitioners Association (IEPA). She is on the board of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, a national coalition of health care education faculty and other stakeholders.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Themes addressed: (themes 1, 2, & 3) When patient and families are engaged members of interprofessional health care teams, an elevated level of interprofessional clinical care is possible. To train healthcare professionals who are able to engage patients and families in patient-centered and family-centered health care teams, patient-family-caregivers must be partners in pre-service education (Theme 1). Simulated patient care experiences provide pre-service learners with safe and practical methods to gain knowledge, skills, and helpful attitudes toward patients-families-caregivers (Theme 3…