Accelerating Initiative Evaluation Report

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (10/08/2019)

Harder + Company's implementation evaluation gauged the effectiveness of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education's (NCIPE) two-year Accelerating Interprofessional Community-based Education and Practice Initiative. The project sought to monitor program outcomes and the achievement of core implementation milestones; document the successes and challenges that 16 sites faced in realizing a true Nexus approach to IPE; and emphasize how initiative findings can inform both the NCIPE and the broader IPE discipline's approach. The effort redesigned IPE models via a standardized technique involving advanced practice nurse-led health teams, community partners, and engagement of students as team members. The initiative demonstrated that new models of education-community alliances in community-based settings can improve health status of high-risk and underserved patients, enhance provider satisfaction, and potentially lower healthcare costs. "We believe this model is one for the future, and we will now set about training others to implement this highly effective approach," said NCIPE director Barbara Brandt, PhD, FNAP.

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