UC Davis Health System is highly regarded in many ways, most notably for being interprofessional and collaborative. This week, I asked Heather M. Young, Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, to share information about an exciting effort on a new topic–the inaugural Qualitative Health Symposium. Dean Young and I hope to see faculty, students and researchers from a variety of disciplines participate, including nursing, medicine, social sciences, and public health. Dean Young is a visionary leader and mentor, whose perspective I greatly admire.
In the words of Dean Young:
Dr. Meyers and I agree interprofessional collaboration is essential to advance and improve health care for individuals, families and communities. Teamwork is essential in the classroom and in clinical settings but also in the research necessary to fuel innovation.
Today’s complex health problems require creative and multidimensional approaches to generate and test solutions. This can be advanced both through interdisciplinary team science and through the inclusion of multiple methods in study design. Interdisciplinary research teams, including nursing, social science and biomedical experts, improves the study of health and illness and promotes discovery of creative solutions that are meaningful to society.
We at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis are excited to partner with our colleagues at the Clinical and Translational Science Center, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research to provide the inaugural Qualitative Health Symposium: Using Qualitative Methods to Advance Health Research at our Sacramento campus Wednesday, May 2.
Qualitative research contributes to a more robust understanding of health issues by allowing exploration of processes and assumptions behind more quantitative manifestations and results. Qualitative research is ideal to explore underlying causes of behaviors or actions, examining why certain solutions work or do not work. Through qualitative research, we can achieve an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the social processes involved in health and illness.
We hope to see this event grow to be an annual gathering of researchers sharing best practices and discoveries and exploring potential collaborations and other ways team-based science can lead toward transformative solutions in health care.
Register for the free symposium by April 18 at sonrsvp.com.
Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis Health System