Cultivating Collaboration: Building a Successful Collaborative Care Model in an Acdemic Health Partnership

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


  • Creighton University’s Interprofessional Nexus.
  • Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska


  • 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

Creighton University presenters:

  • Meghan Potthoff PhD, APRN-NP, (Principal Investigator), Associate Professor College of Nursing Creighton University
  • Joy Doll OTD, OTR/L, FNAP- Executive Director CIPER, Associate Professor School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Creighton University

Focused Description:
In January 2017, following the closing of the university hospital, Creighton University and Catholic Health Initiatives came together to implement interprofessional education and collaborative practice using the Relative Value Unit (RVU) model at a new ambulatory care teaching center and stand-alone emergency department. The new ambulatory care clinic (ACC) was established on campus to serve primarily refugee and racial minority populations from Southeast Asia, Northern and Eastern African countries. These patients are characterized by high instances of diabetes, asthma, COPD, and heart disease. The interprofessional team at CHI Health’s new clinic, University Campus is a collaboration of multiple disciplines including behavioral health, community workers, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and social work that works to improve health and connect patients to non-medical social services that were previously outside the scope of clinical work. A significant innovation is the Creighton NexusIPE™ team’s foresight to prepare the staff to learn collaboration skills and deal with conflict by engaging them all in conflict resolution training before introducing students to the clinical site.

Partners: Creighton University College of Nursing, Department of Family Medicine, and Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER), and community partners Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and the Community Link Program.

Key Lessons: Focus on community needs, collaborative care yields insights beyond traditional health education, and create program structures aligned with Nexus Site goals.

Tool Highlight: IOM IPLC and Stair Step Developmental Model

  • How can your team consider the inter-related components of the IOM IPLC model focusing on learning, and health and system outcomes to elevate your IPE work?
  • How does the Stair Step Developmental Model help your team evaluate where your work is focused and where you want to be?

Professions Engaged:

  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy

Webinar Recording:

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm CST