Expanding a Successful Interprofessional Approach with a Strong Community Partner: Arizona’s Nexus Team

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



Education-Community Partners:

  • Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
    Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Community Initiative, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation;  School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Services and Community Solutions; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; and Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER).
  • Northern Arizona University, Phoenix, Arizona
    College of Health and Human Services; Department of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Physical Therapy.  
  • Crossroads, Inc.

Focused Description: In Arizona, as elsewhere, the steep rise in opioid drug use has put a strain on community services. Often, individuals in substance abuse treatment face complex challenges regarding physical health, mental and behavioral health, and social barriers such as homelessness that make recovery difficult and relapse common.

The Arizona NexusIPE™ initiative accelerated the expansion of a successful tri-university, student-led, faculty-mentored, and community-based Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) model of learning and care to a high-risk rapidly growing population of individuals with substance abuse disorders. Three student teams (health management, health promotion, and leadership) formed to meet goals by working closely with the staff and Executive Director of Crossroads to ensure the community partner’s needs were being met. Prior to this program, Crossroads residents did not receive integrated direct care or health promotion services. Learn how the community partner’s needs were met while providing previously unavailable services to Crossroad’s residents.



  • 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


  • Liz Harrell, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PI, Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director, Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Community Initiative, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University; Chief Medical Officer of Integrated Care Services, Crossroads, Inc. 360 Community Care Clinic
  • Oaklee Rogers, OTD, OTR/L, Department Chair & Associate Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy, Northern Arizona University (NAU) – Phoenix Biomedical Campus: Former Administrative Director, Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Community Initiative.
  • Teri Kennedy, PhD, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, FGSA, FNAP, Formerly: Director, Office of Gerontological & Interprofessional Initiatives, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and Faculty Lead: Clinical Partnerships, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER), Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation; Currently: Associate Dean, Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research (iPEPR), Ida Johnson Feaster Professorship in Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE), and Co-Program Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research (CIPER), University of Kansas School of Nursing, The University of Kansas  Medical Center.

Key Lessons:

  • Strong relationships with community partners pay dividends over time,
  • Addressing a critical community need brings potential long-term benefits,
  • Understanding the practice setting is critical for interprofessional curriculum development.

Tools Highlights:  

  • Micro, Meso, Macro (M3): Aligning Your Nexus through a Systems Lens
    • How do micro, meso, and macro factors impact your environment?
  • Stakeholder Analysis
    • How can you identify the current and future stakeholders and determine how all the team can benefit, to add to the success of the Nexus initiative?

Professions Engaged:

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work


Webinar Recording

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm CST