The center of interprofessional practice is the patient/client or community. Therefore, it is foundational to include the community in interprofessional education opportunities. Since the 2017-18 academic year, pre-professional students have engaged in a community-based education experience known as the Health Partner (HP) project. HPs are individuals living in the community who are willing to support the education of students as they develop interprofessional collaborative practice skills. The proposed Lightning Talk will provide an overview of the HP project and HP’s perspectives of their student team and their engagement in the experience.
Students interprofessionally develop interview questions to ask during a series of three HP visits to learn more about the HP’s health, health goals and healthcare lived experiences. Based upon the information provided by the HP, student teams develop a list of community resources to support the HP’s health goals. Student teams share their learning through a presentation at the end of the academic year. During the past academic year (2021-22), HPs were invited to attend the presentations.
Over the past five years, over 140 HPs have responded to an optional survey. The survey includes both quantitative and narrative responses focused on the student team and the HP engagement. Examples of survey items include: The students introduced themselves by name and the profession they are studying; The students avoided asking the same questions at each visit; and In your role as a Health Partner, did you receive any unexpected benefits from participating in this experience. If you did and are willing to share, please use the space below.
HP responses have provided opportunities for project and student team improvements. A summary of HP responses are shared with all student teams as an opportunity to reflect upon their own learning and implementation of the project as related to interprofessional skills.