Collaboration is key to achieving better health and health care outcomes. The Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IU IPE) consists of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders who actively work together to form and inform interprofessional care teams that make a difference through interprofessional education and practice. Without question, we are becoming …. better together.
Why are we Better Together?
Increasing amounts of evidence tell us that interprofessional teams are safer, better quality, provide more satisfying care, and can positively impact the social determinants of health. This is important if we are to achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Triple Aim of Healthcare:
- Improved satisfaction;
- Lower per capita health care cost; and
- Improved outcomes for population health.
How are we Better Together?
IU IPE collaborates to:
- Prepare health professions graduates for person- and community-center interprofessional practice;
- Implement evidence-based, effective, efficient interprofessional education improving individual and population health outcomes;
- Advance research and scholarship which grows the body of knowledge and understanding about best practices in interprofessional practice and education;
- Provide ongoing leadership and professional development to cultivate a shared, active, transparent, and motivated learning community; and
- Share tools and resources to equip and connect faculty, practitioners, staff, students and community partners.
Our mission is to develop a workforce across professions and in communities to improve population and individual health outcomes through high quality relationship-centered, interprofessional care teams.
We do this by building partnerships in interprofessional education and practice, where those who give and receive care come together with universities, communities, and healthcare organizations to learn about, from, and with each other. Our programming helps students develop leadership and interprofessional collaborative practice competencies such as:
- Understand roles and responsibilities of other team members;
- Collaborate across organizational structures to overcome implicit bias and professional hierarchy;
- Communicate across professions and different cultures;
- Use specific tools to work together effectively.