Lightning Talk

Interprofessional Wellness Groups: A Model for Success

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
Interprofessional practice and education (IPE)

The Dr. Charles A. and Ann Sanders Impact Practice Center (IPC) at MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) brings together students from across health professions to learn and practice in teams and to deliver essential free care to the community. A collaborative model, developed by IHP faculty to deliver student-led interprofessional wellness groups, creates a reciprocal relationship where students develop health teaching and coaching skills while community members acquire coordinated health promotion strategies to enhance their well-being. The robust structure of the model has guided the successful execution of wellness groups in a variety of populations including adults with aphasia, community dwelling older adults, and adults with Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore, the model can be adapted to both on-site and virtual platforms. The model utilizes three teaching modalities: supported learning, self-directed learning, and reflective practice. In the first, expert clinicians facilitate discussions to identify unique and complementary aspects of each of the represented professions, along with best practices for running a group. Learning characteristics, barriers to access, and specific needs of the target audience are also explored. Students work in self-directed teams to generate and coordinate the interprofessional content for the wellness groups. A reflective element affords students and community participants opportunities to share feedback on the planning and implementation process in a faculty led debrief. The structure of the IPC model promotes teamwork and skills development, rather than address individual health promotion needs from a singular professional lens. Students learn how to scaffold their combined skills to deliver optimal clinical efficiency. The success of the model ensures sustainable wellness groups are developed to foster health promotion and positive health outcomes for our communities, whatever their needs may be.