Over 100 Health Professionals in
Physical, Biochemical, and Mental Health
Creating a Thriving Collaborative Community
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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