National Academies of Practice is the alliance of professionals collaborating to transform health and well-being.



Advancing Interprofessional Education, Scholarship, Research, Practice and Public Policy, we:

    • Educate and inform our members and others
    • Facilitate collaborative scholarship and research opportunities
    • Recruit, engage, retain, and mentor our network of members
    • Advocate the value of interprofessional practice and improve healthcare and policy for all


The National Academies of Practice (NAP), as an interprofessional organization representing multiple health professions is guided by and propagates four core values. These serve as the central tenets for all our official actions. Our core values are:

  • Collaboration: In order to fulfill NAP’s vision and mission we foster a work ethic of interprofessional collaboration that is based upon learning with, from and about NAP members of all academies. We advocate and advance similar collaborative health care and education models.
  • Patient-Centeredness: Optimal health care is patient centered. Public Policy, Scholarship and Health Care Practice must be patient-centric, and in the best interest, and inclusive of individuals, families, and communities. NAP supports its members in developing and disseminating best practice models, public policies and scholarship that enhance interprofessional collaborative care for all individuals.
  • Inclusivity: NAP embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization for our members and the stakeholders we advocate for and serve. We strive to support the development and implementation of models that ensure appropriate and equitable health care for all. We value and promote the contributions of all our diverse constituent members.
  • InterconnectednessWe foster connections within and between academies and among members of all groups. We support and target initiatives that are designed to maximize these interprofessional interconnections to advance patient/client-centered public policies, scholarship and interprofessional collaborative care. Our collective, interconnected experience, education and wisdom will take us further together than individually.

Who We Are

NAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from multiple different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of healthcare practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all. 

What We Stand For

The National Academies of Practice is dedicated to affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all. We believe that healthcare practice that has an interprofessional foundation and addresses the whole person provides better healthcare and better preventive care.