Over 100 Health Professionals in

Physical, Biochemical, and Mental Health

Creating a Thriving Collaborative Community

Collaboration

"Interprofessional collaboration is defined as practice and education where individuals from two or more professional backgrounds meet, interact, learn together, and practice with the client at the center of care." 

Collaborative Relationships

Collaboration is the cornerstone of the Interprofessional Community. It is the ultimate measure of success; for you, your client/patient, and for the community. 

We work together to develop, test, and publish best practices in interprofessional collaboration. 

Collaborative Projects
Our professionals continue to find opportunities to create and participate in collaborative projects. Current collaborative projects include: Practice-Based research, Podcast/Article/Book Projects, and collaborative workshops/events 

Networking vs. Collaboration

We differentiate between networking and collaboration.  We understand networking to be transactional.  It can often be approached as a short-term means of attaining new clients, without considering the colleague or the client’s best interest.  

We understand collaboration to be relational.  It is approached as a long-term relationship built around the client’s best interest.  While collaboration inevitably leads to practice growth, it is always the result of greater client care and management.

The Interprofessional Community of Pasadena has already recognized the need for collaborative practice and has embraced initiatives to work towards best practices as an interprofessional group. I was impressed with the collegiality of the group. This is a meeting of many great minds and experts in their fields, willing to share, and willing to learn about other areas, in order to improve the lives of their patients.
— — Valerie L. Quan, OD, FAAO; Associate Professor, College of Optometry Chief, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Services Eye Care Institute at Western University of Health Sciences

Knowledge-Sharing

An Interprofessional Paradigm

Your profession may have a dominant paradigm which filters and informs your client care. Most professionals have one of three lenses through which they measure health: physical lens (i.e. surgical, rehab, adjustments), biochemical lens (i.e. drugs, supplements, herbs), and a mental health lens (i.e. talk therapy, education, counseling).

Differentiated & Connected

Create rapid professional growth by learning about familiar topics from new perspectives which and disciplinary lenses. Learn from professionals outside of your discipline, as we discuss multiple perspectives on important topics like: Anxiety, Concussion, Women’s Health, Brain Health, Autoimmunity and more! 

Tools and Resources

We provide 3 Main Avenues for Knowledge-Sharing:  Bi-monthly Grand Rounds, Quarterly Speaker Events, and Web-based Resources. We also have rapidly growing member-sponsored projects including Holistic Professional Mixers, Practice-based Research Workshops, and more.

This community explores relevant health topics at a grassroots level, which informs our practice and improves our patient care. ...it helps us all realize the need to see outside our own profession, learn to better collaborate, and better refer.
— Yoshi Rahm, D.O.; Oasis Family Medicine, Inc

Innovation

Changing Health Landscape

The changing landscape of health and wellness care creates new challenges and opportunities for you and your practice.  In the Interprofessional Community, innovative ideas and resources are shared, as we thrive as professionals and practitioners.  

Patient-Centered Care

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.” 1 Patient-centered care requires, and informs, innovative solutions in education, communication, and research. 

Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice is informed by a combination of: professional expertise, best research evidence, and the patient's values and preferences.  The Interprofessional Community supports Evidence-based Practice by creating forums for the exchange of professional clinic knowledge, disseminate and encourage research, as well as explore patient values and preferences in our community.  

Supporting the Spectrum of Health

While communities will continue to rely on traditional acute and symptom-based care for many health needs, new models and disciplines are needed to address the epidemic rates of chronic disease, as well as satisfy the exploding demand for wellness and integrative care.  

Our community supports the integration of these three areas of health, as well as interprofessional knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and innovation in new ways to solve the health challenges of the 21st century. 

It has been refreshing to connect with professionals that truly aspire to excellence, dropping territorial guards, and dreaming about how we can work together to bring the best in health to Pasadena.
— — David E. Johnson, PT, MPT; Evergreen Physical Therapy Specialist, Pasadena President/Owner
This community allows me to share my passion with practitioners on the same purposeful path. There is power and strength in community, and this is a great community to be a member of.
— Cynthia Thaik MD, Cardiologist & Author

References

Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/hrh/resources/framework_action/en/

Prentice, D., Engel, J., Taplay, K., & Stobbe, K. (2015). Interprofessional Collaboration. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 2, 233339361456056. doi:10.1177/2333393614560566

Epstein, R. M., & Street, R. L. (2011). The Values and Value of Patient-Centered Care. The Annals of Family Medicine, 9(2), 100-103. doi:10.1370/afm.1239

Crossing the Quality Chasm. (2001). doi:10.17226/10027 http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2001/Crossing-the-Quality-Chasm/Quality%20Chasm%202001%20%20report%20brief.pdf

Satterfield JM, Spring B, Brownson RC, Mullen EJ, Newhouse RP, Walker BB, Whitlock EP. (2009). Toward a Transdisciplinary Model of Evidence-Based Practice. Milbank Quarterly, 87(2), 368-390. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0009.2009.00561.x