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Associate Professor Mayumi Willgerodt selected as Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: July 2, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

Mayumi Willgerodt, associate professor in the department of Family and Child Nursing, has been selected as one of five Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholars for 2013-2014. She is the first faculty scholar selected from the University of Washington.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2013 class of Macy Faculty Scholars,” said George Thibault, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. “These promising educational innovators will join other Macy Faculty Scholars in driving much needed innovation and reform in health professions education.”

Mayumi WillgerodtMayumi WillgerodtWillgerodt’s project will focus on addressing pediatric oral health disparities and building team based models of care by bridging gaps in interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She will work closely with pediatric dental residents, advanced practice nursing and social work students to implement an interprofessional oral health curriculum and partner with The Center for Pediatric Dentistry at the UW to create a team based model of care for underserved children. The project will also explore avenues for replicability, sustainability and dissemination of these models by engaging key stakeholders across the country.

“The Center for Pediatric Dentistry will provide the perfect setting for Dr. Willgerodt’s project. Our residents and faculty look forward to the opportunity to participate in a team-based approach to care,” said Rebecca Slayton, chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry and director of The Center for Pediatric Dentistry. “The diverse patient population we treat includes children with special health care needs, children from other countries and children who have difficulty accessing the health care system. This partnership will demonstrate interprofessional education at its best.”

Willgerodt’s research and scholarship is focused on immigrant youth and families, school health promotion in children and in recent years, interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (CP). Her emphasis on health disparities and advocating for underserved and vulnerable children, families and communities has remained constant throughout her professional life; she continues to practice as a school nurse in Seattle. Dr. Willgerodt is active in numerous interprofessional initiatives, is a former UW IPE Teaching Scholar and currently leads a grant-funded IPE Assessment Team.

“This award will give me the opportunity to really focus on addressing several critical needs in education and practice: collaborative practice opportunities, pediatric oral health disparities, and the inclusion of school nurses as integral members of the health care team,” said Willgerodt. “It’s really all about addressing the Triple Aim—better care, better health and controlling health care costs—among our most vulnerable population.”

The Macy Faculty Scholars program – the first of its kind – launched in December 2010, and is now supporting the third cohort of scholars. The program aims to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery. Each year, five faculty are selected from across the country. They engage in an educational project and work closely with a mentor who is recognized for their leadership. Brenda Zierler, professor in Biobehavioral Nursing Health Systems, will be serving as a mentor to Willgerodt over the next two years.

“Mayumi’s background in conducting research with underserved populations is perfectly aligned with her Macy Scholar’s project,” said Zierler.  “As a pediatric nurse, Mayumi has outlined a project that if successful will make a difference in the lives of underserved children and the health professionals who practice collaboratively to address this chronic health illness in children. I am privileged to be a mentor working with Mayumi and collaborating with the UW School of Dentistry and the Center for Pediatric Dentistry on such an important project.”

About the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation:
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is the only national foundation solely dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Since 1930, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has worked toward its mission of improving health care in the United States. Follow us on Twitter and learn more at www.macyfoundation.org

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