Kate Balzer, MSW, LMSW
Senior Project Manager
Michigan Medicine
Office of Patient Experience
Kate Balzer, LMSW is a Senior Project Manager in the Office of Patient Experience at University of Michigan Health (Michigan Medicine). She serves as a member of the UM Center for Interprofessional Education Executive Committee and the Experiential Innovation workgroups. She has been part of the planning team for the Longitudinal Interprofessional Family-Based Experience (LIFE) course since its pilot phase, and helps recruit volunteer patient and family participants into the LIFE course.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Poster Description: Background: The Longitudinal Interprofessional Family Based Experience (LIFE) is an experiential educational offering focused on teamwork of interprofessional student teams with patients who have chronic illnesses. Due to the initial success, expansion to reach more students, patient advisors, faculty, and collaborating units through academic/practice partnerships was needed. This presentation aims to highlight the scaling frameworks and sustainability strategies. Methods: The LIFE team, faculty/students/staff representing 11 academic units and the health system’s Office…
Poster Description: Objective: Patients’ evaluation of interprofessional healthcare teams is critical to understanding team-based care. As part of an educational experience, patients/families were interviewed by interprofessional teams of healthcare students. The objective of this study was to describe patient’s/family’s opportunity to evaluate the interprofessional teams and their perceptions of interacting with the teams. Methods: Longitudinal Interprofessional Family-Based Experience (LIFE) is a semester-long experiential offering for early learners at a large midwestern university,…