The Arizona Nexus: The First Five Years
Abstract: Arizona Nexus is a pioneer Nexus Innovations Network (NIN) member with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (National Center) and a statewide collaborative with members from five public and private universities and six health care organizations in Arizona. The Arizona Nexus grew from the request of interprofessional champions at two public state universities, Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Arizona (UA), to be part of the University of Minnesota’s application and vision for the first National Center cohort. Culture change, shared vision, resources, and leadership are factors that have been in play in the development and growth of the Arizona Nexus. In this case study, we tell the story of the Arizona Nexus, key landmarks in its development and how these four factors contributed to its growth and success. For the Arizona Nexus, the next five years and beyond will embody action. Building from the hard-won and exciting foundation we have built in our first five years, we are determined to accelerate the growth of interprofessional practice and education, inspire continued growth of academic and clinical partnerships, and use the knowledge, skills and creative thinking of all professions to improve and transform health care.