Online Program

Inter Health Professionals Alliance: Student initiatives as a doorway into collaborative practice within the health home

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Lyubov Slashcheva, BA, DDS 2016, National Health Service Corps Scholar, Virginia Dental Association Long-Term Care Access to Care Work Group, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Richmond, VA
Erika Dumke, MEd, Division for Health Sciences Diversity, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Elizabeth Do, Clinical and Translational Sciences: Psychiatric Behavioral and Statistical Genetics at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, RIchmond, VA
Zaneera Hassan, PharmD/PhD Candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA
Sarah Barden, MBA, PharmD Candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA
Lynn VanderWielen, PhD, MPH, School of Medicine--Family Medicine, University of Colorado--Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
Alan Dow, MD, MSHA, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Future healthcare delivery systems will need to respond to increasingly complex population health needs with coordinated interprofessional (IP) collaboration. Preparing a provider workforce equipped to practice effectively within a patient-centered health home is at the heart of IP education. The Medical College of Virginia Campus at Virginia Commonwealth University celebrates the 5th anniversary of a student-led organization known as the Inter Health Professionals Alliance (IHPA), whose goal is to develop the knowledge and skills of interdisciplinary practice by fostering lasting relationships rooted in teamwork and collaboration. These goals are accomplished through a series of monthly activities, including the creation of an interdisciplinary patient education newsletter written at a public-appropriate reading level focusing on a monthly topic, facilitating case-based seminar discussion in Educate Then Advocate sessions on the same topic, and providing patient education and blood pressure checks at a local grocery store in an underserved neighborhood of the Richmond City community. Participatory Action Research has elucidated the benefits of IP involvement through the IHPA model, and a recent campus-wide mixed-methods survey explored IHPA student members’ perceptions of IP education, how these influence participation in optional, student-led IP opportunities, and how students expect to apply these IP experiences into their practice as future healthcare providers. Alongside formal curricular inclusion of IP education, which is increasingly mandated through accreditation standards, IHPA has demonstrated the enthusiastic potential of student-led initiatives to organically equip developing healthcare professionals with the knowledge and hands-on skills to practice collaboratively across disciplines in a patient-centered health home perspective.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the framework of a student-initiated, student-led interdisciplinary outreach and education organization on a professional health campus Identify how students organically develop skills for interdisciplinary collaborative practice within a voluntary student organization Discuss how health professional curricula and student-led initiatives are preparing future healthcare professionals to practice collaboratively as part of a health home

Keyword(s): Peer Education, Workforce Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as president for the organization described in the report and continue to be involved with the group in leadership and research/evaluation roles.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.