The Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IU IPE) continually seeks opportunities to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice through research and scholarship that focuses on impact; specifically, improved patient and provider satisfaction, improved population health, and reduced cost.


Funded Projects

Leveraging Interprofessional Education to Improve Training for Future Health Professionals in Pain Management, Alternatives to Opioids, and Better Prescribing Practices

Funded by: Indiana University Grand Challenge: Responding to the Addictions Crisis / IU President’s Office 

IU IPE tackles addiction in Indiana by preparing the future workforce future to work within and across professions and sectors to recognize and respond to opioid addiction and overdose appropriately within the scope of their respective roles and responsibilities through: 1) Curricular alignment across its health professions and social work schools, 2) Interprofessional Grand Rounds, Workshops, and Certificate programs, 3) New models of integrated interprofessional care in the Comprehensive Pain Assessment Clinic (CoPAC), 4) Community engagement, 5) the Integrated Pain Management ECHO, and 6) Research and dissemination of best practices.

Indiana University Grand Challenge, Precision Health

Funded by: Indiana University President’s Office

IU IPE co-leads the education pillar for this important project to advance and transform biomedical research, healthcare innovation, and delivery of health interventions.

Curricular resources developed through this project will enable health professions faculty to teach students essential precision health concepts and principles and demonstrate the impact interprofessional team care can have on patient outcomes in this area. These resources include a precision health family tree, short videos, vodcasts, case studies, and application exercises.

Community-Based Dental Education

Funded by: Health Resources and Service Administration

IU IPE partners with the IU School of Dentistry in this project which aims to create sustainable, high-quality oral health services for those living in designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Integration of Interprofessional Education and Practice to Provide Clinic Oversight, Enhance Teamwork, & Achieve Continuous Quality Improvement at the IU Student Outreach Clinic

Funded by: IU Health Values Education

Students work together to develop a team-based approach to clinic management at the Indianapolis Student Outreach Clinic; improving individual and population health outcomes by strengthening the administrative structure and establishing processes to support accountability and continuous quality improvement.

Indiana Interprofessional Geriatrics Education and Training Center (IGETC)

Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration

The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program funded the IGETC to develop a healthcare workforce in Indiana that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care. This project includes intermediate and advanced interprofessional education programs immersing medical, nursing, and social work learners in team care delivery while completing online modules, case studies in the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform, and mentored interprofessional leadership development.

Assessing the Impact of Team Practice and Interprofessional Teaching and Learning on Community Health Outcomes

Funded by: National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Nexus Project

IU IPE and student and faculty leaders for the IU Student Outreach Clinic, designed an intervention to facilitate interprofessional collaborative practice and education in a student-led community clinic in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Project outcomes included increased and improved teamwork behaviors, client/patient experiences, population health, and a favorable cost/benefit analysis.

The IU Health Careers Opportunity Program (IU-HCOP)

Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration

The IUPUI School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) led this project, aimed at increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce through recruitment and training individuals, including non-traditional learners and veterans, from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. IU IPE developed and implemented various programs aimed at these select groups in an effort to meet the IU-HCOP goals. These workshops include a six-week Junior Summer Science and Math Camp to enhance basic science and math skills in 11th-grade students at a local high school; a Saturday Morning Academy to provide resources and support services to aid 12th-grade students in the application, admission and enrollment process into higher education; a Pre-Health Professions Enrichment Program focused on adult, non-traditional learners providing 20 hours of health professions shadowing and clinical rotation experience; and a mentoring program for Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences majors and SHRS graduate learners.

Indiana University Health Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model

Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program 

The IUPUI School of Nursing led this project to cultivate interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) environments. IU IPE was proud to participate in a number of its elements, including evaluation of the “Indiana University Health Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model,” to create, develop, and/or expand interprofessional collaborative practice units at IU Health Methodist Hospital to improve the quality and efficiency of care while reducing costs. The project supported emerging nurse leaders to use interprofessional collaborative practice competencies to engage in collaborative problem solving and care

HIV Interprofessional Education Project (HIPEP)

Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

This Midwest AIDS Education & Training Center Program aimed to teach health professions learners about the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to engage in collaborative practice in a primary care model for the diagnosis, care and treatment of people living with HIV; building the capacity of faculty members from six participating academic institutions to train their learners in the area of collaborative practice in HIV care and prevention. IUPUI, IU, and Butler University learners participated through face-to-face instruction, online education modules, and clinical immersion.