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My name is Katherine Ash. I am a professor in the College of Nursing.
My professional practice focuses on older adults living in the community with particular attention paid to those who are in the lower socio economic levels or who have chronic illness or disability. A research project with my colleague, Peggy MacLeod, showed that senior women regard their health holistically. My work with the Saskatoon Council on Aging board led me to work with older adults in subsidized housing, a drop-in program in the Core Neighbourhoods of the city, and also with caregiver support programming . These experiences have affirmed the findings of our study and lead to my interest in interprofessional as opposed to multiprofessional collaboration.
My favoured research methodologies are qualitative in nature. My current research is focused in the area of interprofessional practice among students of the health professions, specifically at present, the experience and understanding of interprofessional working relationships that they form. Understanding how students perceive their day-to-day interactions with each other and the meaning derived from these can assist with designing effective interprofessional education courses and projects.
I teach in two areas: the first is leadership and management in health care systems. The second area comes from my professional practice in the Core Neighbourhoods; a community health clinical experience that highlights the understanding of effects of the determinants of health and utilizes the concepts of harm reduction in a holistic way. Both my clinical teaching and professional practice are consistent with the primary health care model and are not only interprofessional in nature but also, of necessity, intersectoral. Working with people in this community is a great learning experience and privilege and my dream would be to develop the clinical experience into an interprofessional one.