Getting Started With Interprofessional Practice and Education in Community-Based Settings

Healio (05/01/2020) Vol. 59, No. 5, P. 243 Brandt, Barbara F.; Barton, Amy J.

An evaluation of the University of Minnesota's National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education's Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice initiative (Accelerating Initiative), published in the Journal of Nursing Education, identified key lessons for schools in establishing community-based interprofessional education (IPE) programs. Evaluators determined that community-based environments offer learners hands-on experience with the effect of social health determinants on patients' lives. Moreover, "Nexus" programs at the intersection of health profession education and health systems enable student interprofessional care teams to highlight how their expertise could aid vulnerable patient populations. Academic institutions with longstanding community collaboration help enable the community-based partnerships required to accelerate Nexus programs, and Nexus sites based on existing programs deliver a platform for stronger interprofessional models and community ties. The Accelerating Initiative's findings motivated the National Center to formulate a toolkit to facilitate faculty rollout of NexusIPE programs, emphasizing a culture of health and familiarity with the IPE ecosystem and a shared vision communicated to diverse stakeholders.

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