Our focus on interprofessional education and practice is consistent with broad trends affecting the health care landscape and national calls-to-action from the World Health Organization, American Association of Medical Colleges, and others to educate both students and practicing professionals in patient-centered, team-based standards of care.
Benefits of Interprofessional Education:
In today’s fast paced, high-tech health care environment, it takes a TEAM to provide the best care possible for patients. When teams successfully collaborate, there are benefits to both patients and providers including promoting patient-centered care, empowering team members, increasing job satisfaction, minimizing communication challenges.
Our programs are interprofessional:
Lunder-Dineen’s MOTIVATE and Time to Ask educational initiatives are designed to be interprofessional programs.
For instance, the MOTIVATE program teaches not only oral health basics, but how to apply the knowledge and skills to easily actionable steps, while supporting interprofessional teams and influencing them to work together and make oral health a priority. The interprofessional program is provided to Certified Nursing Assistants, Dietary Teams, Facilities Management/ Housekeeping Teams, Nurses, Pharmacists, Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, and the Therapy Department (PT, OT, SLP).
When health care providers learn about each other, with each other, and from each other, it builds a foundation for high-functioning, interprofessional practice and high-quality health care.