2013 Building Michigan’s Health Care Workforce Awards: Community Collaboration


Community and Regional Collaboration

Creating Teams for Patient Centered Care

Grand Valley State University Vice-Provost of Health

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative (WMIPEI) founded in 2007 by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine was established to develop and provide a regional inter-institutional infrastructure and framework for interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Today, WMIPEI membership totals 130 representatives from over 25 organizations including participation from all the major regional hospitals, educational institutions and research institutes. Collectively, through numerous initiatives WMIPEI and its six champion workgroups have successfully developed alternative approaches to embed interprofessional education and collaborative practice into the fabric of West Michigan.

To date, WMIPEI has produced an annual conference, three part faculty development program, online training modules, cutting edge simulation, virtual patient care students, daily huddle and collaborative care guidelines, brown bag lunch and learn series, and a veterans’ IPE traumatic brain injury education project.

Interprofessional Education: A Certificate Training Program for Health Care Provider Training Health Care Professionals Today to Improve Health Delivery Tomorrow

Michigan State University and Ferris State University

East Lansing and Big Rapids, Michigan

Interprofessional education is rapidly becoming an essential part of education for health care professionals. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American College of Dentistry, and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy all now include interprofessional education as part of the required curriculum for accreditation standards.

However, many institutions have not yet established interprofessional relationships within their own faculty. The MSU and Ferris State University program was designed to give faculty the tools and techniques to build teamwork skills with each other and in their students.

Over the course of one year, a three-part professional development series was developed in collaboration with interdisciplinary faculty from Michigan State University and Ferris State University. A variety of interactive instructional methods were utilized to demonstrate concepts related to IPE/IPC.

Exercises, discussion and case studies incorporated professionals in social work, speech-language pathology, dietetics, pharmacy, nursing and medicine to develop classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities to support student experiences in interprofessional care.

Ensuring that today’s educators have the necessary IPE tools is essential to growing a successful generation of interprofessional care advocates.

HOSA Trailblazer Award

Jeff Forshey

Troy High School

Troy, Michigan

Troy High School is honored with the award for their non-traditional HOSA program. Other HOSA chapters stem from health science classes.

Troy High School does not have a health science class. The chapter is solely made up of students with an interest in health care and meets after regular school hours.

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