Classroom to Community: An Opportunity to Join in Action
Life-long learning is the key to success, and there is knowledge and experience to share with others who hope to tread the path already traveled. Mentoring is defined as “an enhancement strategy through which one person facilitates the development of another by sharing known resources, expertise, values, skills, perspectives, and proficiencies” (Seisser & Brown, 2013) and this definition is being used to address the needs of residents living at Pine Ridge Manor, a medically vulnerable, low-income community.
Building on the four domains of interprofessional education (IPE), values and ethics, rules and responsibilities, communication, and teams and teamwork (Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel, 2011), the project bridges the gap from learning in the classroom to application in a real world setting by engaging residents and students as team members, mentors, and leaders. Beginning with a curriculum founded on principles of IPE, CBPR, culturally relevant learning experiences, and the Six Cs of mentorship, ten curricular threads were created. They include: TeamSTEPPS, the Quadruple Aim, quality improvement, leadership of self, social justice, sustainability, motivational interviewing, crisis communication, business ethics and trauma informed care.
Application of curricular threads resulted is a cutting-edge, primary care clinic - Pine Ridge Family Health Center - embedded within a public housing community, the only such clinic in the nation. All partners - residents, students, faculty, and community leaders - contribute expertise, and share decision-making and ownership by working side by side to co-create a culture of health.
- Describe an IPE curriculum that supports co-creation of quality primary care with a community in need
- Articulate the steps of community-based participatory research
- Discuss the importance of purposeful mentoring in building a foundation for a culture of health
- Define the Six Cs of mentoring
- Self-assessment of leadership style/working on IPE teams. "Always start with yes"; This activity would include a self-assessment and an assessment of bias activities.
- Turn and Talk - a question is posed to the class and one turns to their neighbor to discuss – about poverty. Before doing the talk and turn activity, participants will participate in "Take a Step: Illustration of Advantages, Disadvantages, and Factors Leading to Poverty". This activity will facilitate the group in having more meaningful discussion about poverty. http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/take-a-step-activity.cfm
- Jigsaws Activity demonstrates how teams work together by working as a team to put together a jigsaw puzzle. Challenges, opportunities and leadership style are addressed.