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Creighton, CHI Health recognized for efforts in collaborative health care

Dr. Barbara Brandt, director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education presents a honorable mention for the 2017 Nexus Award to Creighton's Joy Doll, Mike White, Anna Maio, Gail Jensen and Kristy Brandon.Creighton University and its academic health partner, CHI Health, were honored Aug. 23 with one of three national awards distinguishing institutions committed to and promoting a collaborative care model.

The Nexus Award, given annually by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, recognizes the efforts of higher educational institutions, health care systems, clinics and community organizations in “linking health professions education and interprofessional practice to transform care delivery, improve health outcomes, and decrease costs.” Creighton and CHI Health earned one of two honorable mention distinctions for the award, presented at the NCIPE’s 2017 Nexus Summit in Minneapolis.

Joy Doll, OTD, OTR/L, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and executive director of the University’s Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER), said the collaboration of Creighton’s combined health sciences programs and care, along with CHI Health’s commitment to the partnership, has resulted in an expanded degree of education for students and improved care for patients.

“Creighton could not provide opportunities for clinical IPE learning without CHI Health as a supportive and committed partner,” Doll said. “Many people are committed to these efforts. Thank you all who support our efforts to make a better world, because we are better together. We share this recognition with all of you.”

Doll also spoke to the vision and support of Gail Jensen, PhD, dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies and vice provost for learning and assessment.

“Without Dr. Jensen’s early efforts to establish IPE through the Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service and Education (OISSE) in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, we would not be where we are today,” Doll said.

Creighton shared the honorable mention tag with another Jesuit institution, Saint Louis University. The University of Washington earned the overall 2017 Nexus Award.

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