20 October 2015

From vision to action: Discover the Nexus

To what degree are you contributing to the vision and reality of interprofessional practice and education? To become a part of this national and international movement, explore the resources and activities of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (the Nexus). If you are already involved in interprofessional practice and education, you should definitely consider registering and becoming a part of the growing Nexus network. The story of Amina best represents the vision of the national center in advancing a desired future for practice and education in the health professions.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to facilitate a national conference hosted by the Nexus. More than 100 people from around the United States who are part of the national center’s Innovation Network came to Minneapolis to share stories, insights, and results of ongoing initiatives related to the movement. Drawing upon a variety of liberating structures, participants engaged in dialogue and shared learning about their individual projects, challenges, and issues. The social networking and cross-pollination of ideas, experiences, and lessons learned fostered additional innovations and insights among conference participants.

The center is supported by Health Resources and Services Administration Cooperative Agreement Award No. UE5HP25067 with major funding from the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the University of Minnesota. If you are looking for resources and ideas to advance research, teaching, or partnerships in interprofessional education and practice, explore the center’s website and go to the Nexus Learning System or Resource Center links to learn more and connect with others.

One of the most exciting aspects of the center’s work is the creation of a National Center Data Repository (NCDR) that will support comparative effectiveness research about the value and promise of interprofessional practice and education efforts to meet the triple aims of high-quality patient experiences, improved population health, and lower costs. As the center continues its work and learns over time, it will be an example of an organization turning vision into action.

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