Across the country, health reform has ushered U.S. health systems into a period of great change.
Not surprisingly, it can be challenging for health care graduates to enter such an environment – the landscape in many systems looks nothing like it did just a few years ago.
As a result, transforming health care has become about transforming higher education. Across the country, academic institutions have started to shift to more interprofessional education models, including teaching team-based care, to augment standard curriculum with the goal of better preparing the emerging health care workforce.
The University of Minnesota is nationally-recognized for developing new models of interprofessional development programs, essentially setting the course for educating our nation’s health professionals.
Now, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the selection of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center to lead a new coordinating center that will provide national leadership in the field of interprofessional education and collaborative practice among health professionals.
The National Coordinating Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice – or CC-IPECP – will be funded via HRSA grants of $800,000 annually for five years ($4 million total). Four national foundations – the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation – have pledged an additional $8.6 million over five years for interprofessional education and health care transformation, bringing the total grant award to $12 million.
Barbara Brandt, Ph.D., associate vice president of education for the Academic Health Center is the principal investigator and will serve as the Center’s director.
At its core, the CC-IPECP will accelerate transformation of health care in the U.S. by creating a bridge between higher education and the rapidly transforming U.S. health care system. The result will be a creation of systems and programs that will lower health care costs, enhance quality and improve the health of the population.
Stay tuned to Health Talk for updates on the CC-IPECP going forward, and for new interprofessional education opportunities developed at the University of Minnesota.