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The Sixth Annual Victor Spathelf Lecture

Dr. Brandt is an internationally recognized leader in the field of interprofessional practice and education and serves as the founding director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center, based at University of Minnesota, is a public-private partnership charged by its founders to provide the leadership, evidence, and resources needed to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional Barbara Brandteducation and collaborative practice as a way to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care. The founders and funders of the National Center are the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration; the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Brandt is a tenured professor of pharmacy and has been an associate vice president at the University of Minnesota since 2000. During that time, she has served as principal investigator of over $25M in grants and contracts. She led the creation of several Academic Health Center interprofessional education programs at the University of Minnesota, including the Office of Education, the Health Careers Center, the Interprofessional Education and Resource Center, the Minnesota Area Health Education Center and the 1Health Interprofessional Education curriculum.

In her leadership roles, Dr. Brandt has served as a consultant, advisor and speaker for a wide variety of organizations such as the Institute of Medicine now the National Academy of Medicine, Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education, the National Quality Forum, the Academy of Healthcare Improvement, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Nurses Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Pharmacy Affairs, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the American Medical Association, among many higher education institutions and other professional and academic associations and groups. She was a founding member of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC).

Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education, specializing in the health professions from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Brandt’s selected honors include: Woman of Achievement, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center; American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations in Teaching Award; University of Illinois Distinguished Alumna; Honorary Alumna of the National Health Service Corps; Honorary Fellow, National Academy of Practice; and 2018 University of South Carolina-Greenville Luminary in Medicine.