In the fall of 2015, UNE’s President Ripich renamed the Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education to the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, and named as its director, Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, UNE’s Vice President for Clinical Affairs.
The Center’s new name reflects its expanded scope, which includes interprofessional education (IPE) in clinical settings as well as a focus on innovative service, learning, and research opportunities for UNE students and faculty that are in the nexus between health care transformation, public health and education and that build the Institute of Medicine’s competencies for health professionals — providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, employing evidence-based practice, applying quality improvement and utilizing informatics.
By working collaboratively across all UNE colleges and students, other UNE centers for excellence, the University’s clinical affiliates and the faculty-led Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), and by building upon the solid foundation created by the former Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation is focusing on clinical and public health settings. Shelley Cohen Konrad continues to lead the University’s IPEC that focuses on faculty-led on-campus IPE curriculum development and integration.
In addition, several UNE public health programs, formerly making up the School of Community and Population Health, are joining the Center to facilitate their work with all UNE colleges and students. They include: Maine AHEC (Area Health Education Center), which focuses on alleviating health workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas (http://www.une.edu/ahec); Maine SNAP-Ed, which provides nutrition education for low-income people (http://www.une.edu/wchp/scph/training/snap-ed-program); and several researchers who focus on evaluative research.
New activities during the first year for the Center include:
- Expanding clinical interprofessional (IP) learning opportunities for UNE health professions students to additional clinical sites using UNE’s Clinical Interprofessional Curriculum (CIPC) (http://www.une.edu/clinical-interprofessional-curriculum);
- Developing and implementing clinically focused IP opportunities for UNE’s pre-clinical health professions students, such as interprofessional immunization clinics for Portland area vulnerable populations, public health emergency exercises, TeamSTEPPS training with certification, and a one-week rural health immersion;
- Working with UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to develop and implement the Care for the Underserved Pathway (CUP) (http://www.une.edu/academics/centers-institutes/center-excellence-health-innovation/care-undeserved-pathway);
- Collaborating with clinical partners such as Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) to evaluate the impact of IPE in clinical settings as part of UNE’s participation as one of several research sites for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education;
- Expanding UNE’s public health services and providing additional opportunities for UNE students for public health service.
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