2018 George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Awards


July 31, 2018

Today the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education proudly announced Florida International University as the winner of the 2018 George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award. In recognition of exemplary interprofessional, team-based practice in the US, the Nexus Award celebrates those who are thinking and acting differently through innovation to connect higher education and health care. Dr. George Thibault was present to help celebrate the awardees. 

Florida International University

Unveiled at Nexus Summit 2018, the National Center recognizes an educational institution, health system, clinic, and/or community organization for extraordinary contributions to transform care delivery, improve health outcomes, and decrease costs.

Florida International University distinguished itself among submissions through the unique academic practice partnership including FIU leadership and colleges, and over 155 community partners including faith-based entities, schools, and health and social service agencies. Emphasizing the social determinants of heath, interprofessional education and practice, and community engagement, Florida International University created Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) as an innovative curricular program preparing future members of the health care workforce and delivering much-needed services to underserved households in Miami-Dade County.

The National Center received a number of strong submissions for the award. Barbara Brandt, director of the National Center remarked “There is no doubt about the current strength and vitality of the field. The submissions received were all impressive and incorporate students, the community and leadership into programming. The selection process was a challenge, but it was also a wonderful confirmation about the existing state of the field.”

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is honored to recognize Florida International University as the 2018 Nexus Award recipient.


2018 Honorable Mentions

Individual Organizations

MGH Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Interprofessional Dedicated Education Unit
PITT Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Kansas Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research and the faculty, preceptors, learners and patients of the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic and Learning in Practice teams
UNITE (Unit-based Nursing Interprofessional Team Experience), IGNITE (Improving GME-Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences), The University of Chicago


Statewide and/or Regional

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at LAC+USC Medical Center
Arizona Nexus
Texas Interprofessional Education Consortium, Texas A&M University Health Science Center Texas Tech, University Health Sciences Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The Rural Interprofessional Initiative (RIPHI) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill



Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs