Lisa Mendez, BMR (OT), MOT
Interprofessional Practice Coordinator
University of Manitoba
Lisa supports interprofessional practice opportunities for the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. In particular, she establishes opportunities in rural and remote communities and coordinates an interprofessional community engagement program where students are given the opportunity to learn from, with, and about each other while learning about an Indigenous community, its people, and its health services. This program was recently named Ndinawemaaganag by our Elder-in-Residence meaning “All My Relations” to reflect the relationships students build with each other and the community.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) has been identified as an essential component in providing culturally safe healthcare in Indigenous communities. Despite this, there are few IPC opportunities that involve working with Indigenous communities and peoples. To address this gap, a Canadian university offers a two-week interprofessional collaboration experience where groups of 4-6 students are immersed within a First Nations community to learn about its people, their health services, and their perspectives on health. Since 2017, 61 students from 9 professional programs have participated…