The goal of the OHSU Interprofessional Initiative, launched May 2012, is to prepare all OHSU students for deliberatively and intelligently working together with a common goal of building a safer and more effective patient-centered and community-oriented health care system within Oregon and across the United States, ultimately impacting the health and well-being of populations worldwide.
A Culture of Collaboration
To fulfill our goal, the IPI actively engages administrators, faculty, students, community partners and patients in creating a culture of collaboration. Effective collaboration among health professionals has the potential to profoundly improve the quality of patient care. In the same way, effective collaboration between biomedical researchers and health care providers—key to the translation of basic science research to improve patient care and community health—has a foundation in interprofessional practice and education (IPE). At OHSU, we believe we all need to learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.