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New Grant to Strengthen Interprofessional Education

August 31, 2017
Students working at a Crimson Care Collaborative site
IHP students participating in 2016 with the Crimson Care Collaborative at MGH Chelsea Health Center.

Three-year, $1.399 million Interprofessional Healthcare Partnership award will enhance partnership between MGH Institute and the MGH Stoeckle Center’s Crimson Care Collaborative.

The School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions has received a grant to enhance an academic-clinical partnership with the MGH Stoeckle Center’s Crimson Care Collaborative, a student–faculty collaborative practice providing health care to underserved populations. It will provide nurse training grants for selected nurse practitioner students committed to working in primary care in medically underserved communities upon graduation.

The Interprofessional Healthcare Partnership with Crimson Care Collaborative is a three-year, $1.399 million grant funded by the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. MGH Institute School of Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Reidy is the principal investigator.

Crimson Care was established in 2009 by Harvard Medical School students and the Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovations. The MGH Institute began participating in 2012 with nurse practitioner students, and added physician assistant students in 2016.

By implementing the best of team-based, interprofessional primary-care practice, the grant will allow students to provide care that substantially benefits underserved populations, as well as to inspire students to seek careers in primary care.

The project will strengthen the interprofessional collaborative practice model with students and faculty from advanced practice nursing, medicine, physician assistant, and dentistry, which studies show dramatically improve patient outcomes. It also will formalize curricular content to enhance clinical and interprofessional education competencies that address the community’s healthcare needs. Additionally, it will implement teaching strategies for faculty precepting students across multiple healthcare disciplines.