Madeline H. Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
Professor Emerita, School of Nursing
University of Rochester
Madeline Schmitt is a nurse-sociologist, who, until retirement in 2005, was Professor and Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing and Interprofessional Education [IPE] at the University of Rochester (NY) School of Nursing. Dr. Schmitt was an integral figure in the School of Nursing’s emergence as an autonomous school and has been prominent as a teacher, administrator, researcher, and mentor to students and faculty, especially in IPE. Since the 1970’s, she has focused her scholarship on interprofessional collaborative practice models and IPE.
Dr. Schmitt was one of two U.S. members of the WHO Task Force who co-authored the 2010 report, Framework for Action in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. In 2010-2011, she chaired the expert panel that produced the report Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice on behalf of the leadership of six national professional education associations (IPEC’s founding members). Dr. Schmitt is an Editor Emerita of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and a founding Board member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. She represented the American Academy of Nursing at the IOM Forum on Innovations in Health Professions Education for the first three years of the Forum. Currently, she is an Ambassador and Community Moderator for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and remains active regarding interprofessional issues.
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH
William Hobson Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Founding Director, Master of Public Health Program, School of Medicine
Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life
University of Virginia
Councilor, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Ruth Gaare Bernheim is William Hobson Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and founding director of the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Medicine, as well as Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia.
Ms. Bernheim currently serves on the 10-member Board of Councilors of the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH), the official independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health. She also serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and on the ASPPH Task Force on Framing the Future of Public Health Education Executive Committee. She recently served as Chair of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ethics Subcommittee for three years, and as president of the Virginia Public Health Association.
Elizabeth M. Weist, MA, MPH, CPH
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Elizabeth M. Weist staffs education, accreditation, global health, and interprofessional issue areas for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and serves as the ASPPH representative to the planning committee of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). She assisted in both the 2011 IPEC competency development process and the 2016 competency update. Ms. Weist works with ASPPH constituent leaders and partners to build programs, resources, practices, and strategies that link public health academia to practice for advancing student learning and improving population health.