The purpose of the coordinating center for interprofessional education and collaborative practice (CC-IPECP) is to provide an infrastructure for leadership, expertise, and support to enhance the coordination and capacity building of IPECP among health professions across the U. S. and particularly in
medically underserved areas.
Through innovative program coordination, scholarly activities, and analytic data collection efforts, the coordinating center will raise the visibility of high-quality, coordinated, team-based care that is well-informed by interprofessional education and best practice models.
The CC-IPECP will be a focal point in a growing national effort to foster IPECP among health professions.
HRSA intends to partner with other federal agencies, foundations, and public and private organizations to work towards a shared vision to transform a siloed U. S. healthcare system into one that engages patients, families, and communities in collaborative, team-based care.
Accordingly, the CC-IPECP will serve as a hub to generate, coordinate, evaluate, and disseminate safe, efficient, effective, and equitable practice models that are essential for education and practice in emerging integrated care delivery systems.
The CC-IPECP will focus on nine interdependent goals that are consistent with the statutory authority provided in Public Health Service Act Title VII, Section 747(a) and Title VIII, Section 83 1. 1 Provide unbiased, expert guidance to the health care community on issues related to IPECP; 2 Provide supporting evidence to build the case for IPECP as an effective care delivery model to engage patients, families, and communities in their own healthcare; 3 Identify exemplary IPECP environments to serve as exemplar training sites where IPECP competencies can be modeled, learned, and practiced; 4 Prepare academic and practice faculty and preceptors to teach interprofessional competence through curriculum development and ongoing quality improvement activities; 5 Collect, analyze, and disseminate data metrics to assess the effectiveness of IPECP models; 6 Coordinate IPECP scholarly, evaluation and dissemination efforts to share innovative, evidence-based, best practice IPECP models; 7 Evaluate the impact of team-based care on patient, family, and community health and healthcare outcomes; 8 Develop new, and support and/or enhance existing team-based IPECP programs across the U.S.; and 9 Convene and engage IPECP thought leaders, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers to build consensus and bring national attention to IPECP agenda.
The CC-IPECP also provides a workforce strategy to optimize health professionals' interprofessional team-based competence by engaging multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds in IPECP.
Interprofessional teams will provide coordinated, healthcare services when working with patients, their families, caregivers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.
An interprofessional workforce will be prepared to operate in transformed systems of care that are designed to fundamentally improve the health of the nation.