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Interprofessional Highlights from 2 Important Fall Conferences

Innovation abounds at the start of Fall conference season, with CAIPER and partners showcasing new interprofessional tools for team training in education and practice.

Over the course of three very busy days, CAIPER and partners from Edson College of Nursing and A.T. Still University traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Nexus Summit 2019, and then immediately off to Chicago for the National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Institute and EXPO (2019 NACHC-CHI). 

Trading Cactus for Lakes at Nexus Summit 2019!

CLE Innovation Challenge-Nexus Summit 2019

The inaugural Clinical Learning Environment Challenge at Nexus Summit 2019, facilitated by conference co-chair and CAIPER Director, Dr. Gerri Lamb. 

Health care and clinical practice were a major focus at this year’s Nexus Summit in Minneapolis. The schedule was packed with workshops and presentations on the clinical learning environment, integrating patients and families into interprofessional care, and aligning education and practice for workforce transformation.

Unveiling Team Care Connections

In addition to co-chairing this year’s conference, CAIPER’s director, Dr. Gerri Lamb, facilitated the Summit’s inaugural CLE (Clinical Learning Environment) Challenge as well as joined Kristen Will and Jody Steehler to present “Innovation in Clinical Team Training: Using Novel Distance Technology to Support Healthcare Teams Caring for Vulnerable Populations.” This presentation was the exciting debut of the Team Care Connections digital magazine – an innovative new approach to workforce training for primary care teams. Workshop participants were given a special preview of the first issue of the magazine, Vulnerable Populations, which is scheduled for release in October 2019.

Team Care Connections sneak peek at Nexus Summit 2019

Innovation In Clinical Team Training workshop participants get a sneak peek of the soon-to-be released Team Care Connections digital magazine. 


From podcasting to precepting

CAIPER Confabs at Nexus Summit 2019The soft launch for the Team Care Connections digital magazine was not the only project from the CAIPER and Edson College team on display at the Nexus Summit. Dr. Karen Saewert and Jinnette Senecal hosted a popular Resource Exchange exhibit on CAIPER CONFABS, a podcast series designed to explore topics around sustaining IPE, interprofessional leadership, and tech tools for collaboration. Designed to be a ready-to-go training tool, CAIPER CONFABS episodes are being updated to include companion guides to facilitate use in the classroom or clinical environment. 

In a second presentation, Jinnette Senecal, along with Dr. Teri Kennedy, formerly CAIPER’s lead on clinical partnerships and now Associate Dean for Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research at University of Kansas School of Nursing, debuted The Preceptor's Guide to the Nexus: Where Interprofessional Education Meets Collaborative Practice. The guide is designed to support the important role played by practitioners across health professions who serve as preceptors for health professions students and teams. 

To the Windy City for the 50th Annual NACHC-CHI

Team Care Connections sneak peek at NACHC-CHI 2019In its 50th year, NACHC-CHI was the largest it has ever been, drawing more than 2,500 attendees and 160 exhibitors. With a strong focus on “The Future of Work in Health Care,” it was an ideal spot for a second special preview of the Team Care Connections magazine. 

By special invitation, A.T. Still University’s Lise McCoy and CAIPER team member Jody Steehler, talked about the topics in the second issue of the Team Care Connections digital magazine, which is currently in production with support provided, in part, by NACHC.

The second issue of Team Care Connections continues its focus on providing real time tools for improving collaborative interprofessional practice. In talking about the second issue, Dr. Gerri Lamb said:

“We tackled the topic of moral distress and moral injury and their impact on primary care teams.  It’s an important topic that members of interprofessional teams told us needed to be discussed and addressed in their practice.”

The second issue of Team Care Connections, Conversations in Moral Distress and Moral Injury, is scheduled for release in late 2019. 


About the Authors

Jody SteehlerJody Steehler is the Communications Program Coordinator for CAIPER, and the Editor of the CAIPER Blog. She has been working with interprofessional education, health care and vulnerable populations since 2012. With past experience working with homeless families and veterans, she is passionate about how high-needs communities and their health care teams can be supported by interprofessional education and collaborative practice.


Yvonne PriceYvonne Price is the Senior Instructional Designer as well as the Marketing Communications Lead for the Center. With a background in both instructional design and health communications, she blends the skills, theories, design techniques, and technologies from these two fields to produce creative and engaging interprofessional teaching and learning materials. She has been developing and designing training materials for interprofessional education and practice since 2010. 


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