Interprofessional by Design: Meeting at the Crossroads to Build an Innovative Interprofessional and Substance Use Disorder Practice Environment for Learning and Care

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018, 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

The Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Community Health Initiative, Arizona’s first tri-university collaborative interdisciplinary project run by students and guided by faculty, is responding to the need for health professional student substance use disorder training. This response includes a partnership with Crossroads, the largest substance use residential treatment center in the Southwestern United States, in order to collaboratively address the Triple Aim and create a student health professional substance use training practice site.

The SHOW Crossroads partnership expanded interprofessional care services provided to the residents by: (1) addressing gaps in healthcare often experienced by marginalized populations, and (2) implementing health promotion activities specifically designed for populations experiencing substance use disorders. This partnership allowed for the creation of a substance use training practice site for five graduate level health professional student disciplines using an innovative and unique  interprofessional care delivery model not previously available to this population. This alleviated physical and behavioral health needs that detract from sobriety attainment and provided the community setting with an opportunity to broaden services. Additionally, this partnership allowed students to gain an invaluable understanding and knowledge of the needs, treatment options, and barriers to health those with substance dependence experience and led to the creation of a sustainable community-based clinic practice site.

The workshop experience is based on the lessons of the two year National Center Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice Initiative grant project. Practice, education, and organizational partners who designed and are implementing the Health Promotion and Education teams, including academic faculty, preceptors, and students from multiple professions, universities and academic programs, worked towards creating a fully actualized interprofessional practice model while also developing a robust evaluation plan that includes measurements associated with interprofessional competency, quality of care and patient experience, and Return On Investment (ROI) metrics (Triple Aim). This workshop offers participants the experience of pivotal insights and tools from this project.

Learning Objectives: through engagement in this workshop, participants will:

  • Experience the process of developing an interprofessional substance use treatment clinical site
  • Create Interprofessional practice and health management and promotion education goals for preceptors, students and populations
  • Explore strategies for building evaluation plans that are meaningful to academia and community practice sites

Learning Strategies:

  • Exercise in aligning and leveraging health professional academic training and community partner practice site resources
  • Creation of an evaluation plan that captures, translates, and links interprofessional practice and Triple Aim goals with practice site metrics

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Interprofessional Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. In support of improving patient care, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. The intent is to provide accreditation and continuing education credit for this workshop. For questions regarding continuing education, please email