CCBC garners MHEC grant to plan for Interprofessional Learning Teams

Aug 17, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

$141, 369 one-year grant to develop implementation strategies
for health professional faculty and staff

Baltimore County, MD – Interprofessional Education (IPE) is based on the concept that health professionals with varied education and training working together on patient care will, in the words of the World Health Organization (WHO), “increase effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” While IPE is increasing seen in large health care settings and is taught in many graduate and professional schools, it is not currently part of nursing and allied health professions curricula offered by two-year pre-licensure educational programs.

With support of a new grant of $141,369 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Nurse Support Program II (NSPII), CCBC School of Health Professions plans to create and pilot test initiatives for creating Interprofessional Learning Teams. This marks the fifth MHEC NSP II grant that CCBC has received.

The MHEC grant, “Advancing Nursing and Allied Health Education through Interprofessional Learning Teams,” will fund a one-year project to develop an implementation strategy for health care educators. An estimated 100 students, 25 faculty and 10 senior citizens are expected to participate.

Specifically, during the 2015-2016 academic year, CCBC’s nursing and allied health profession programs will develop competencies in Interprofessional Education (IPE) through:
  • Implementing a structured plan for faculty/staff development, including participating in external IPE conferences and hosting IPE experts to CCBC;
  • Designing, pilot testing and evaluating IPE interventions with students and clinical sites (acute care hospital and two residences for senior citizens.)
Mary Kay DeMarco, CCBC Essex Nursing Program Director, and Judith Blum, Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, will serve as co-principal investigators. “Developing IPE competencies in students, early in their professional training, will provide a firm basis for functioning in collaborative practice teams,” notes Blum.


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