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Arizona Nexus

Arizona Nexus IPEThe Arizona Nexus is a pioneer member of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE) Nexus Innovations Network and a statewide collaborative of public and private universities and health care organizations in Arizona. Arizona Nexus members collaborate with academic and clinical partners locally, regionally, and nationally on diverse array of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) projects that includes participation in the National Center’s ongoing research and evaluation program including the National Center Data Repository (NCDR). Participation in the NCIPE's ongoing research and evaluation program are associated with roles and responsibilities as required in formal agreements with the NCIPE and among Arizona Nexus members to promote effective and efficient synergy and collaboration.


The Arizona Nexus mission is to advance interprofessional practice, education, and research to improve individual and population health, accessibility, affordability, and the experience of healthcare locally, in Arizona, and nationally. Its goal is to build collaborative partnerships in order to accelerate and sustain interprofessional practice, education, and research among Arizona Nexus members and members of the network. Members of the Arizona Nexus value and promote synergy among members and projects to achieve this shared mission and goal. Any individual, group, or organization with a shared interest and commitment to the mission and goal of the Arizona Nexus is welcome to join. Scroll down for more information on joining the Arizona Nexus.


Two CAIPER team members fulfill important Arizona Nexus NCIPE liaison roles. The CAIPER's Founding Director currently serves as the Arizona Nexus' Liaison and point-of-contact with the NCIPE's Administrative Team while CAIPER's Evaluation Lead fulfills the Arizona Nexus Evaluation Liaison role with the National Center’s Research and Evaluation Team. NCIPE liaisons, together with Arizona Nexus members and its Advisory Council, commit to a set of principles enabling all Arizona Nexus members to be successful collaborators.

National Recognition

The George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award, named in honor of the past president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, recognizes an educational institution, health system, clinic, and/or community organization for extraordinary contributions to the Nexus –

  • linking health professions education and interprofessional practice to transform care delivery, improve health outcomes, and decrease costs; and,
  • celebrating those who are thinking and acting differently through innovation to connect higher education and health care. 

There are currently three honorable mention categories: Individual, Statewide and/or Regional, and National organizations. 

AZ Nexus interprofessional award acceptance at Nexus Summit 2018

Members of the Arizona Nexus accepting the award at Nexus Summit 2018. Front Row Left to Right: Dr. Barbara Brandt, Mr. Michael Moramarco, Dr. Barbara Maxwell, Dr. Gerri Lamb, Dr. Teri Kennedy, Ms. Pooja Paode, Dr. George Thibault. Back Row Left to Right: Ms. Karem Garcia, Dr. Caitlin Cameron, Dr. Liz Harrell, Ms. Bonnie Ervin, Dr. Karen J. Saewert.


The Arizona Nexus received a 2018 Honorable Mention Nexus Award in the Statewide and/or Regional category at the Nexus Summit 2018 – Creating Results: Interprofessional Vision to Action held July 29-31, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

There are six active Arizona Nexus intervention projects:

The Macy Project: Integrated Interprofessional Primary Care Curriculum Implementation and Evaluation

Collaboration within and across diverse and distinct health profession disciplines, health professional discipline academic programs, higher education public institutions, community-based primary care health care organizations, and other funded and unfunded projects to design an educational intervention and products (integrated interprofessional primary care curriculum) to promote the integration, adoption and maintenance (sustainability) of interprofessional care concepts, practices and principles in education and clinical practice (individual and systems level). Learn more about the The Macy Project and how it has accelerated interprofessional practice and education within Arizona State University.

Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW)

SHOW's aim is to pair interprofessional education with student, faculty and community health professional clinical practice to develop interprofessional competencies in a “real world” setting while also positively impacting an underserved homeless populations' health outcomes, reducing health care cost burdens, and broadening access to care in a student-led/faculty-supervised model of interprofessional learning and care. Learn more about the Center's involvement with the SHOW Initiative.

Improving Health Outcomes in Independent Senior Housing through an Interprofessional Health and Social Services Center (Westward Ho)

The Westward Ho project reflects alignment of health professions education (social work, recreation therapy, nursing, and nutrition) with an expansion of services provided at the Westward Ho – an urban low income independent housing community for older adults and individuals experiencing chronic illness and disability.

Interprofessional Education Community of Practice: Connecting IPE Training to Collaborative Practice in Community Health Settings

The integration of a faculty development with health professions education (medicine, behavioral health, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy) is leveraged to promote collaborative practice in community-based primary care clinic settings to beneficially effect care outcomes associated with medically underserved populations. 

Community Health Mentor Program (CHMP): A One-Year Interprofessional Membership

CHMP aligns health professions education (medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies) with community-based student learning about their role within an interprofessional team and about a community health member's experience of care as a patient with a chronic disease and/or disability within their local healthcare community.

Interprofessional By Design™: Meeting at the Crossroads to Accelerate Leadership Competency and Readiness for Transition to Interprofessional Practice

The expertise and collaboration among graduate nursing, social work, and occupational therapy students; community-based partners, interprofessional and leadership centers, and non-traditional professions align to expand the SHOW model of interprofessional learning and care; increase access to prevention, health promotion, and transitional care for a highly vulnerable population of individuals recovering from substance use disorders in residential care; and, to provide interprofessional leadership training to accelerate student readiness of transition to team-based community practice.

Join the Arizona Nexus

If you are interested in joining the Arizona Nexus or learning more about us, please contact CAIPER Director, Gerri Lamb. Currently, the Arizona Nexus members have a quarterly meeting at which they discuss various topics in IPE together as a learning community, and hear from members about their issues, triumphs, and what is happening on the national scene. As well, the Arizona Nexus holds a small, annual conference for providers, learners, faculty, staff, and administrators to learn with, from and about each other. For more information about our conference, please contact Barbara Maxwell at bmaxwell@atsu.edu.

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