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APHI Nexus 2021

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Interprofessional Education

This session will discuss interprofessional education as an important strategy to address social determinants of health by training pre-professionals to provide patient-centered, team-based care. Presenters will review competencies associated with team-based care and explore the benefits and challenges around expanding this training model.

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Shanti Kulkarni

Professor, Social Work, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Shanti Kulkarni is a professor in the School of Social Work at UNC Charlotte. She has been an advocate, program developer, and researcher in the violence against women movement for close to 20 years. Early in her career, she provided clinical services to sexual assault survivors and was the Director of Sexual Assault Services at a rape crisis program. In 2004, she received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, with a portfolio in Women and Gender Studies (Women’s Health and Relationships). She has been a social work faculty member at UNC Charlotte since 2006. Dr. Kulkarni’s research focuses broadly on the impact of trauma, violence, and abuse upon vulnerable populations and seeks to positively influence practitioner behavior, service delivery systems, and policy in ways that best promote survivor healing. She engages in interdisciplinary community-based research utilizing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies to build and expand scientific knowledge. Her recent work has involved working closely with youth to develop and implement innovative teen dating violence prevention initiatives, such as My Next Girlfriend and LoveSpeaksOut.  These projects partner with youth to create and deliver health education about healthy relationships.



Kelly Powers

PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Nursing, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Kelly Powers, PhD, RN, CNE is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UNC Charlotte. She has been a faculty member at UNC Charlotte since 2008. Her research is focused on interventions to improve the practices of nurses and other health professionals to promote quality and safety, as well as patient- and family-centered care. Dr. Powers is an editorial board member of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing and she frequently presents at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ annual conference. She currently teaches in the MSN program and chairs DNP scholarly project committees. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Powers worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of settings; including critical care, emergency, neurological, medical/surgical, and rehabilitation settings.

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