Lightning Talk Description: Our Lightning talk will describe how health disparities and social determinants of health in underserved and marginalized populations in Texas can be addressed through telehealth by a group of interprofessional students. Improving Care Access and Realizing Equity (ICARE) is an 8-week interprofessional program where nurse practitioner, medical, dental, public health and biomedical informatics students work collaboratively via telehealth to provide health promotion and education to community members. This project is a partnership between the Center for Interprofessional Collaboration and community organizations in the Rio Grande Valley and Houston. ICARE pilots began in Summer of 2022, with full implementation in Fall 2022. Clinical teams work synchronously over zoom longitudinally over 6 weeks. The first two weeks are simulations emphasizing core topics in community practice (telehealth, interpreters, therapeutic communication, and patient safety). The next 4 weeks allow teams to work longitudinally with community members to discuss mental wellbeing, nutrition, and dental health. Throughout the sessions, nonclinical students from schools of biomedical informatics and public health collaborate with clinical students to develop projects addressing population health concerns within the community.
Over two semesters (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023), ICARE has served 761 students and 97 clients. Student assessments were captured using the Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey (ICCAS) and qualitative feedback through open-ended survey questions. A majority of the students responded that they learned about collaboration and teamwork, communication, and working with interpreters from this IPE activity that they could apply to their professional career. Of the 35 and 21 clients who responded to the client satisfaction survey in Spring 2023 and Fall 2022 respectively, most clients were satisfied or extremely satisfied with ICARE, and stated they would recommend ICARE program to a family member, friend, or colleague. All the respondents indicated a preference for more than four telehealth sessions. Community projects developed by the students varied widely and had innovative solutions including recipe booklets, apps for community and mental health resources, and podcasts. These solutions were very well received by the community partners and stakeholders.
During this session we will cover logistics, outcomes, and next steps for this large, innovative program. It will leave participants more well-equipped to consider telehealth-based community outreach strategies to teach interprofessional skills and allow students to develop meaningful relationships outside of the university setting.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (National Center OICPD). The National Center OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
The National Center OICPD (JA#: 4008105) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs).
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Learners can claim CE credit by completing the Daily Evaluation.