Lightning Talk

Strategic Solutions to Building Academic-Community Partnerships That Optimize Student Learning Outcomes

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
academic-community partnership

The success of community-based clinical learning environments is dependent on meaningful and sustainable academic-community partnerships. This lightning talk will review the strategic solutions established by the Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW), an interprofessional student-driven, faculty-guided initiative. The approach optimizes student learning outcomes in a series of three interprofessional education and experiential-learning courses. The courses, launched in 2019, aimed to progressively build knowledge, skills, and beliefs/attitudes with seven competencies: Values/Ethics, Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork (IPEC), social determinants of health (SDoH), health and healthcare disparities, and leading interprofessionally. Partnerships with community programs advance SHOW’s mission to facilitate the health of vulnerable populations in our community through excellence and innovation in interprofessional education, service, practice, and research.
Establishing mutually beneficial university-wide academic-community partnerships is a complex process that requires a systematic approach to assessing potential partners, developing agreements, coordinating the logistics of the learning environment, and evaluating the partnership to continuously grow benefits to both the learner and the community. Upon completion of this session participants will be able outline the elements and outcomes at each stage of the process:
-Review and select community partners- a team approach
-Establish university-wide agreements- inclusive of all learners
-Onboard students- preparing for diverse learning environments
-Coordinate faculty-guided, community-facilitated learning experiences - alignment with learning level and outcomes,
-Evaluation methods (e.g., Assessment for Collaborative Environments (ACE-15)