Individuals with complex medical and social needs are acutely vulnerable to the fragmented healthcare system. Social and economic factors, physical environments, and structural racism can further compound health and healthcare inequities. Prior experiences of bias due to race, nativity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, health literacy, and disability may influence current interactions with systems and providers, leading to missed care, poor experiences, and adverse outcomes. The next generation of healthcare professionals must be prepared to care for individuals with complex social and health needs, and that requires authentic partnerships.
In this Lightning Talk, we will present curricular efforts designed to address the intersection of complex patients and populations, interprofessional teams, and complicated healthcare systems. We leveraged community, clinical, and academic partnerships to design and implement curricular changes in an established interprofessional education program. Healthcare student teams and patients with complex needs collaborate on patient-driven goals and meaningful interventions. Informed by stakeholders, we convened a series of workshops to engage interprofessional learners with the knowledge and skills to develop authentic partnerships with patients grounded in trust and empathy. Expert community and clinical partners taught workshops focused on 1) motivational interviewing, 2) trauma-informed care, and 3) harm reduction. Community partners included behavior health clinicians who provided a curriculum on motivational interviewing; Social workers from Housing First University provided training on Housing First philosophy and harm reduction strategies, and a psychologist provided seminars on trauma-informed care. Population health academic partners consulted on embedding social determinants of health throughout the curriculum. The knowledge and skills gained in these programs will support achieving Quadruple Aim outcomes enhancing the patient experience and improving population health. The collaboration of community, clinical, and academic partners provides interprofessional students with strategies to authentically engage with individuals and build bridges.
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.