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.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.