Center Earns Significant Grant

Center Earns Significant Grant

According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), health systems should have a “triple aim” —  better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower per capita costs.

This is the goal of Creighton University and CHI Health, and to that end, the College of Nursing and Creighton’s Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) have earned a $50,000 grant from the nation’s premier organization promoting interprofessional and community-based health initiatives.

The project, funded by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, supports developing a clinical and educational model of a nurse practitioner-led interprofessional team at the new CHI Health University Campus, which will open in mid-2017. To further enhance the project, both Creighton and CHI Health provided matching funds — $25,000 each — bringing the total devoted to the project to $100,000.

“At the end of the day, this is all about improving patient care, saving money and addressing quality of life,” says Joy Doll, OTD’03, executive director of CIPER.

“We can teach interprofessional education in the classroom, but we need a practice to reinforce it to students. University Campus will be our living, learning lab for interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP).”

There are pockets of IPCP taking place now with Creighton students and faculty in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and occupational and physical therapy. “But this facility will fully embrace it and make it come alive. We hope to truly innovate care and connect resources,” Doll says.

An advisory council of national leaders in interprofessional practice and education selected the grant recipients and additional funding came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.