THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF PRACTICE
PURPOSES AND GOALS
The National Academies of Practice was founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on problems of healthcare. More recently it has focused on developing the interdisciplinary field. It was then, as it is today, the only interdisciplinary group of health care practitioners dedicated to addressing the problems of health care. The stated Mission of the National Academies of Practice is as follows:
The National Academies of Practice is dedicated to quality health care for all, by serving as the nation’s distinguished interdisciplinary policy forum that addresses public policy, education, research and inquiry.
Membership in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) may be obtained in two ways; election as a distinguished practitioner or scholar, or joining the NAP as a general member.
There are ten academies:
The National Academy of Practice in Dentistry
The National Academy of Practice in Medicine
The National Academy of Practice in Nursing
The National Academy of Practice in Optometry
The National Academy of Practice in Osteopathic Medicine
The National Academy of Practice in Pharmacy
The National Academy of Practice in Podiatric Medicine
The National Academy of Practice in Psychology
The National Academy of Practice in Social Work
The National Academy of Practice in Veterinary Medicine
Distinguished Practitioners are individuals who have spent a significant portion of their professional career as practitioners in the direct delivery to, and practice of health care to the consumer; Distinguished Scholars are elected for their academic careers; both are judged by the Academy to which they pertain to have made significant and enduring contributions. Nine Academies were created between the years of 1981 to 1985. In 1997, the tenth academy, The National Academy of Practice in Pharmacy, was created by the NAP Council. Founding and Charter Members of the new Academy were inducted as Distinguished Practitioners in 1998. Each of the ten Academies is limited to one hundred fifty Active Distinguished Practitioners or Scholars. Distinguished Practitioners who have retired may choose to become Emeritus Members who do not count against the limit. Other membership categories include Distinguished Interdisciplinary Practitioners, and Distinguished Public Policy Fellows. Also,
General Members from any field may join and receive some, but not all, of the membership benefits available to Distinguished Practitioners and Scholars.
The INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH CARE MODEL (above) describes the central mission of NAP and demonstrates how the ten academies work together through a system of internal communications designed to enhance the quality of health care while being cost effective and conserving resources.