1Health: UMN Interprofessional Education Program

Through its 1Health initiative, University of Minnesota is preparing students in allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and other related programs, such as social work, to develop the skills needed for success in interprofessional collaborative practice.

1Health challenges students throughout their academic careers to understand and value the importance of teamwork, communication and collaborative care as they grow into their roles as health professionals.

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Why is IPE important?

Interprofessional education is a critical component in the evolving health care environment. It is essential for students in health professional programs to learn the skills necessary to work effectively in a team-based, patient-centered, interprofessional setting. This goal has been clearly articulated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim -- to improve patient care and outcomes, improve the health of populations and reduce the overall cost of healthcare.

The 1Health learning process consists of three phases:

1Health Interprofessional Education Curriculum

Phase I - Orientation: The Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (FIPCC) course provides students across the Academic Health Center (AHC) with an introduction to interprofessional education concepts and teamwork skills. Learn more…

Phase II - Necessary Skills: This prepares students for rotations in the practice setting by providing them with additional skills and experiences.  Students learn communication through TeamSTEPPS modules and quality improvement skills via IHI Open School Modules.  Additionally, small teams of students from medicine, nursing and pharmacy are partnered with a Community Teacher who is excited to share his or her experiences with the health care system. Learn more…

Phase III - Expertise in Practice: An observation and reflection activity paired with an advanced interprofessional escape room activity and a faculty-led debriefing session is being integrated into required clinical/fieldwork rotations in many AHC programs. This real-world learning and skill development through authentic experiences builds on students’ knowledge and ability to contribute to team-based care. Learn more…