A How-To Exploration of the Creation of the Center for Interprofessional Health

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 10:30 am - 11:30 am CDT
interprofessional academic structure

This seminar is designed to explore one large academic institution’s recent centralization of interprofessional efforts through the creation of a university-wide Center for Interprofessional Health. Participants will consider a variety of factors including institutional leadership buy-in, Center leadership models, faculty and staff roles in the Center, creation of an Executive Committee, strategic planning, curricular development, operational decision-making structures, branding, web and social media presence, and more. The journey and lessons learned in the implementation of the Center for Interprofessional Health align directly with the Nexus Summit theme “Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative Practice and Education” through connections to and impacts on interprofessional curriculum, student and provider workplace learning models, student-led collaborations, system-level interprofessional initiatives, and many other areas of education and practice.
Through session attendance, participants will: 1) Increase knowledge of the myriad of complex factors considered in launching a university-wide interprofessional Center; 2) Explore interprofessional Center leadership models and key stakeholders identified by presenters and evaluate the possibilities and key players in their own institutional context; and 3) Consider the strategic plan and priority initiatives established by the presenters and generate or refine their own set of broad goals or initiatives within their institutional context. Participants will be able to immediately apply content and actionable strategies to actively explore and/or enhance a centralized interprofessional approach, with the additional opportunity to network with each other to expand ideas and lessons learned by other participants. Discussions will focus on solution-oriented strategies to address barriers and intentionally collaborate across areas to develop faculty, students, and communities in the interprofessional space. Active learning strategies include partner, small group, and large group case-based critique and brainstorming within presenter and participant institutional contexts; individualized worksheet completion; interactions with Mentimeter; and question and answer exchange.