Lightning Talk Description: For people experience homelessness, having a having a pet can provide companionship, mental health benefits, security, and opportunities for responsibility and redemption. It also can have many challenges. The Inclusive Health Collaborative (IHC) was founded in 2017 to help overcome those challenges. The IHC - started as part of the One Health Institute at Colorado State University - is an interprofessional group of motivated veterinarians, human physicians, public health researchers, social scientists, and community members working together to mitigate barriers in access to health and mental health care for individuals who are currently homeless and their animal companions. It deploys the concept of One Health, a systems-oriented and interprofessional approach to advancing human, animal, and environmental health.
The main program of the IHC is an interprofessional clinic at the Murphy Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The clinic provides routine access to free veterinary and human physical/mental health promotion and disease prevention services. Veterinary students participate as part of their “Community Practice” rotation, attending the clinic weekly. Social work students are able to select the Murphy Center as a practicum location. Medical students, in a unique cohort at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at Colorado State University, are able to volunteer at the clinic as part of their service learning requirement. Dr. Tucker, one of the presenters, participated in the program as a veterinary student. Local non-profits provide the backbone of the program, connecting social services and community resources to those who attend the clinic, so support can extend beyond the medical appointment.
This lightning talk strongly represents the theme of Interprofessional Collaboration to Address Health Equity, Racism and Bias in Interprofessional Practice. Hosting multiple health professions at a local clinic is not a novel approach to experiential interprofessional education. However, with the emphasis on whole health of human-animal dyads experiencing homelessness, students are able to work in meaningful teams to improve access to care and maintain the human animal bond. Clear learner outcomes are set around competence and confidence working in a real-world interprofessional team, in addition to skills to connect a client with community-based services. Eventually, the program is designed to enable students to develop into practitioners and leaders that are comfortable in diverse interprofessional settings, striving to improve health equity in their communities.
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.