Program Origin and Background
Over the past decade, clinical care has rapidly evolved to become more team-based across professions, and has begun to shift from acute-care settings to community settings. To provide high quality, safe, coordinated, person-centered care in the 21st century, nurses and other health professionals must be better prepared to lead and collaborate in interprofessional teams in community settings. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published the landmark report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which outlined major recommendations for the role of nurses in the development and leadership and of emerging collaborative care models . To facilitate implementation of the report’s recommendations, The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action (CFA), a national initiative, was developed and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2015 the IOM published a follow up report, Assessing Progress on the IOM Report the Future of Nursing, documenting progress in the implementation of the 2010 recommendations. Both reports strongly highlight the need for interprofessional education in settings other than acute care.
Recognizing the importance of interprofessional education and collaboration, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have come together to create an initiative to achieve one of the report’s aims. These partners are supporting the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to coordinate a one-time program, Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice, to accelerate interprofessional education and collaboration through creative, robust and sustainable interprofessional partnerships in which graduate nursing and one or more other professions actively learn and work together with individuals and their families in community-based clinical settings.
Given the important foundational work of the Campaign for Action (CFA) and the 51 Action Coalitions, successful applicants must demonstrate a collaboration with their state’s Action Coalition to build upon existing work. In addition, to reflect the changing US demographics and need for high quality care of geriatric patients, a subset of the funded projects will address the comprehensive, coordinated, continuous, and expert care of older persons by improving the competence in geriatric care of a team of health professionals. The program is open to all schools with graduate health professional (nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work and others) and other non-health related professional schools (business, architecture, law, education and others) that are committed to developing an innovative and ongoing core interprofessional clinical initiative in a community-based setting.