Aligning Resources to Provide for Aging Adults in the Community

This webinar is part of the Accelerating Initiative Real Stories with Real Impacts: What Worked for Accelerating Initiative Teams Webinar series.


Education-Community Partners:
University of Colorado College of Nursing and School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Community partner: Sheridan Health Clinic, a nurse-managed federally qualified health center (FQHC).

Focused Description:
The Colorado NexusIPE™ Team started with a vision to enhance care for a population of older adults served by the Sheridan Health Clinic, a nurse-managed federally qualified health center (FQHC), especially focused on health literacy and patient safety while expanding practical and innovative IPE for students in a clinical environment.  The Nexus team incorporates pharmacy and undergraduate and advance practice nursing students to provide home visits to older adults who are served in the FQHC. The initiative met a gap in patient care needs by providing outreach to the population of older adults. Students add value through identification of near misses and enhance the quality of care for the population. The NexusIPE™ team created a system to successfully schedule follow-up appointments with referrals to primary care, behavioral health, psychiatric and dental services scheduled as a direct result of home visit. In the process of filling a gap in needed services, all NexusIPE™ partners were able to realize outcomes.


  • Barbara F. Brandt, PhD, EdM, FNAP, Director and Associate Vice President, National Center
  • Carla Dieter, EdD, MS, RN, Coordinator of Accelerating Initiative and Coordinator of NexusIPE™ Programs, National Center

University of Colorado Presenters:

  • Amy Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, (Principal Investigator), Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs, College of Nursing
  • Eric Gilliam, PharmD, Director of Clinical Integrations and Assistant Director of Experiential Education for the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Key Lessons:  

  • Focus on patient needs first
  • Importance of practice partner engagement throughout the program
  • Involvement of students in the program design and assessment process brings additional realities into focus especially in regards to their exposure to the realities of social determinants of health.

Tool:  Aligning Existing Resources

  • How can you leverage existing resources to create innovative interprofessional initiatives?

Professions Engaged

  • Advanced practice nursing students
  • Undergraduate nursing students
  • 4th year pharmacy students


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Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm CDT