professional initiatives

National Interprofessional Health Care Initiatives

As we come to the end of our course, you have acquired a better understanding of interprofessional team based health care. You will also better understand the need of such implementation in our current health care system and will feel better prepared to work on an IP team. Below are links to information on national health care initiatives . Please be sure to open each one and hone in on the areas highlighted.

American Interprofessional Health Collaborative

American Interprofessional Health Collaboration

“Health, health care, and the health professions workforce in the United States are undergoing dramatic change, and barriers to health are substantial. Issues of access, safety, timeliness, efficiency, and effectiveness require centeredness on patients and communities. These urgent issues demand thinking beyond health care and health care delivery system to define health in new ways. Health requires a community focus, an all-policies focus, a focus on prevention and wellness, and an interprofessional focus, and must be facilitated through teamwork in learning and practice.

In many respects, health professions education remains isolated from practice realities, and profession-specific learning does not prepare future and current health professionals for working together. We must transcend boundaries to connect traditional health professions, educators, new and emerging health and care providers, care coordinators, administrators of health care delivery and payment systems, and policy-makers in partnership with patients, communities, and populations.

The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative transcends boundaries to transform learning, policies, practices, and scholarship toward an improved system of health and wellness for individual patients, communities, and populations.”

Please open timeline to see how this organization has evolved through the years.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)


IPEC designed Core Competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Please read through this material, identifying the IPEC professional sponsors and the specific core competencies they wrote. Also look at the learning activity examples as well as key challenges to the uptake and implementation of core interprofessional competencies.

Institute of Medicine: Interprofessional Education for Collaboration: Learning How to

Improve Health from Interprofessional Models Across the

Continuum of Education to Practice: Workshop Summary


This report is a workshop summary of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Please take some time to read through it, identifying the specific partners of the National Academy.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (Nexus)

“The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education leads, coordinates and studies the advancement of collaborative, team-based health professions education and patient care as an efficient model for improving quality, outcomes and cost. It is the only such organization in the United States, designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the sole center to provide leadership, scholarship, evidence, coordination and national visibility to advance interprofessional education and practice as a viable and efficient health care delivery model.

By aligning the needs and interests of education with health care practice, we aim to create a new shared responsibility—what we call the Nexus —for better care, added value and healthier communities.”

Go to the “Nexus” website and spend a few minutes learning about this interprofessional organization. Click Community and Resource (left side bar) and select Resource Exchange. Browse Exchange and hone in on the Assessment Tools provided.

Core Principles & Values of Effective Team -Based Health Care

Core principles VSRT-Team-Based-Care-Principles-Values.pdf

“Participants drawn from the Best Practices Innovation Collaborative

of the IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care”


After reviewing the National Initiatives in this module, think about your future health care profession and find out if they have their own initiative on interprofessional team based health care. Most health care professions have their own national organization that will list their current initiatives. Research the health care profession of your interest for a current initiative. For instance, I placed “nursing initiatives for interprofessional health care” in a search engine and it provided many examples. After you find an example, post on the discussion forum. Be sure to give a brief description of the initiative and also a working URL. In the subject line, name your health care profession and initiative to avoid repeats.

I chose Anesthesiology.

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