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Interprofessional Primary Care Project (The Macy Project)

The Macy Interprofessional Primary Care Project has accelerated interprofessional practice and education within Arizona State University (ASU) and its collaborating universities and healthcare organizations. Funded for a two-year planning grant and three-year implementation grant by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the project has worked with faculty, students, and preceptors in nursing, medicine, social work, and pharmacy programs at ASU and the University of Arizona-Phoenix to make interprofessional education (IPE) "a way of life."

The project's work with primary care partners who help guide and design student classroom and clinical experiences has been instrumental in defining Arizona’s leadership role as one of six pioneer Nexus Innovations Incubators of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.

The Macy Project has piloted several IPE initiatives and mobilized academic and clinical partners - each project has been grounded in the IPEC competencies and designed to ensure opportunities for building student skills in practical and engaging ways including faculty IPE coaches, distance IPE modules, and simulations. The project has galvanized IPE as an ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation priority and paved the way for growth and sustainability.
Additionally, participants in the Macy Project have developed IPE resources and tools including IPE Bursts, Distance IPE Modules, a library of IPE event recordings and presentations, and a variety of evaluation tools. Check our Resource Hub page for details.