Thank you to all faculty who helped ensure a successful visit to OHSU by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (Nexus) site team on July 23-24. OHSU became a Nexus Innovation Incubator in spring 2014.
The Nexus Innovations Incubator Network is an applied science “testing laboratory/environment” for models and approaches to interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP), both locally and nationally. The Network provides an environment to collaboratively test IPECP concepts to inform redesign in a transforming health system to achieve the “Triple Aim.”
OHSU earned kudos from the Nexus team, received valuable input, identified opportunities for collaboration, and moved OHSU’s two Nexus innovation incubator projects—and OHSU’s reputation as an IPECP leader—to a new level.
The OHSU incubator projects are “Assessing and Enhancing Clinical Education Sites for IPECP,” led by Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor emerita at the School of Nursing, and Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor and director of geriatrics in the School of Medicine, and “EHR Design and User Training to Enhance Collaborative Care and Patient Outcomes, ” led by Jeffrey A. Gold, M.D., associate professor in the School of Medicine.
In addition, the HRSA-funded Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN) project, based in the OHSU School of Nursing, has been identified as a third Nexus Innovation Incubator, with Barbara Brandt, Nexus Director, noting that I-CAN is an exemplar of IPECP impacting social disparities of health at the systems level. This project is led by Peggy Wros, Ph.D., R.N., and Launa Rae Mathews, R.N., M.S.