Lightning Talk

Phoenix Rising: The Revival of the Arizona Nexus

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
statewide collaborative

This Lightening Talk will describe how to develop and sustain a university and healthcare organization collaborative which can promote and support interprofessional education, practice, and research.

Tell the story of the Arizona Nexus’s creation, disruption and resumption:
The Arizona Nexus is a statewide collaborative between universities and healthcare organizations. The Arizona Nexus began as a pioneer Nexus Innovations Network member with the National Center, accelerating innovation through funding projects, establishing a shared vision, engaging leadership and the development of statewide conferences. Leadership solicited volunteers to take over the meetings and conferences. The COVID Pandemic caused a delay in the resumption of meetings, however two of the volunteers met and re-convened the Arizona Nexus virtually in 8/2021. Since then the Arizona Nexus has met monthly. Leadership has worked to improve the value of the meetings and to grow the membership.

Share key lessons we learned in sustaining a statewide collaborative without funding:
o Keep sustainability at the fore
o Keep things simple
o Let people vote with their feet
o Invite new people in
o Focus on easy wins to generate momentum
o Go where the energy is
o When in doubt, try things out
o People want to share what they know to help others advance

This talk will address the Summit themes: Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative Practice and Education and Partnerships Advancing Care with People and Communities. In the Arizona Nexus, a partnership between universities and healthcare organizations, interprofessional faculty learn from guest speakers and one another, advancing interprofessionalism.

As this talk does not fulfill the priority criteria directly. This talk seeks to contribute to the historical documentation of interprofessional efforts as well as to provide those who would seek to develop or revive an interprofessional collaborative with lessons learned and a mental framework for this undertaking.