Valerie Williams, PhD, MPA
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
Valerie N. Williams, PhD, MPA, is the founder of CLL. A University of Oklahoma Presidential Professor, her main interests are social justice and helping people find and use their talents for greatest impact. She is an advocate for teamwork, shared learning and practice, and finding your voice. Valerie is a faculty member in three Health Sciences Center colleges (graduate, medicine, and public health) and she teaches about how to find your voice both locally and nationally. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at Syracuse University and her doctoral degree at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The success of our programming has been tied to the support of our institutional leadership. As a comprehensive academic health center with almost thirty participating programs, reliance on grassroots programming led by IPE champions was not sustainable. It was only with the support of our Chief Academic Officer that our interprofessional programming significantly matured. Improvements seen include establishment of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs under the Vice Provost, access to funding through the establishment of a mandatory fee, and appointment of staff FTE in addition to faculty…
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…