Lightning Talk

Interprofessional Education & Complex Health: An Innovative Nexus Model of Community Based IP Collaborative Practice Designed for Undergraduate Early Learners

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
academic-community partnership

Interprofessional (IP) champions of the Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) designed an experiential-learning course (the second in a three-course series) in collaboration with a local community organization dedicated to serving unsheltered elders. Undergraduate student teams collaborate with clients to develop interventions aimed at addressing their unique social determinants of health (SDoH) using the Camden Coalition’s Hotspotting COACH Model.(1) This innovative course required development of practice sites outside of traditional clinical learning environment placements to introduce early learners to vulnerable populations and IP competencies prior to health profession socialization. Over the course of the fifteen-week semester, undergraduate students immerse themselves in the intersections between vulnerable populations, SDoH, and health disparities via completion of five modules and a once per week on-site clinical experience. The modules and on-site huddles with faculty practitioners support IP practice skill competencies and provide students with applicable evidenced-based practice interventions. Faculty meet monthly with community organization stakeholders to update and problem solve challenges. The class meets both clinical and internship requirements and has been adopted on over 18 course maps across three colleges. Additional community partners are interested in receiving services, and SHOW, with its academic affiliations, is working on increasing student enrollment to be able to support the number of clients on the waiting list. With undergraduate students “hungry” to work with “patients,” this model proved to be a great venue for both early learner students and non-traditional placements who were able to support this level of student, as measured by ICCAS(2) and ACE-15(3) surveys. This Lightning Talk describes a new, innovative nexus experience and discusses what all stakeholders, including early learners placed in non-traditional community health care settings, learned about SDoH, team-based practice, and nexus partnerships.