$1.2 Million Grant Awarded to Rush University for Interprofessional Education Program

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rush University College of Nursing associate professor, Joanne Miller, PhD, APN/GNP-BC, and assistant professor, Jan Odiaga, DNP, CPNP, received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their Interprofessional Education-Pediatrics Through Aging (IPEPA) program. This three-year, $1.2 million grant will be used to develop interprofessional educational modules and interprofessional clinical experiences for students throughout all Rush University colleges.

The goal of IPEPA is to prepare advanced practice nursing students and other health profession trainees to function as a deliberative, interprofessional team optimizing the health and quality of life for individuals with multiple chronic conditions (MCC). This educational transformation will foster a culture in which team members perform at the top of their licensure and lead change to advance health care. The achievement of this goal is guided by a requisite knowledge of the Core Competencies of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice domains: values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teams and teamwork.

Odiaga explains, “We know that if you educate students in an interprofessional environment, it will change their belief system, enhance understanding and respect for each professional role within the team. The results of these efforts will provide patient-centered care, improve outcomes and strengthen the delivery of health care to populations with multiple chronic conditions throughout the ages.”

The objectives of Project IPEPA are as follows:

  • Prepare faculty and students with the knowledge and technological skills to teach and care for persons with MCC in an interprofessional environment
  • Integrate the care of children and older adults with MCC into interprofessional education (IPE) clinical opportunities for advanced nursing education (ANE) students and graduate students from other health care discipline
  • Serve as a model for other programs and institutions training ANE students by disseminating curriculum, activities and simulations from this program

“This grant reflects the Rush I CARE values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence,” said Miller. “It is a partnership between the Rush University colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Allied Health Sciences. It supports student education and the clinical application of interprofessional collaboration skills so future health professionals can enable patients to better manage their health and chronic conditions.”

For more information about Rush University College of Nursing, visit its website.