The mission of the UVA Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC) is to improve patient care and build more cohesive healthcare teams through the promotion of interprofessional collaborative education, research, and practice.
To achieve our ultimate goal of improving patient care, we strive to build better healthcare teams by engaging a wide variety of clinicians and scholars. We believe that healthcare in enriched by the inclusion of many different perspectives. In addition to engaging those who are traditionally involved in healthcare teams (bedside clinicians, patients, their families, hospital/clinic personnel), we are reaching out to educators, experts in organizational behavior and design thinking, engineers and anyone else who shares our interests. By creating rich collaborations and furthering the scholarship around interprofessional education and practice, we seek to improve the experience of patients and healthcare team members.
The origin of our Center dates back to 2009 when the UVA Interprofessional Education Initiative was created by Drs. Tina Brashers and Christine Peterson to integrate IPE experiences into the curricula of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. After receiving a substantial grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, a greater number of interprofessional education offerings were developed, and UVA earned a national reputation as a leader in researching the impact of IPE on learner competencies. In 2013, the UVA Center Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education (ASPIRE) was created and funded by the UVA Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Since that time, the ASPIRE team has actively advanced interprofessional training at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty/clinician development levels. As a result of both local support and grant funding, the ASPIRE team continues to innovate by expanding collaborations in the Health System, and across the university and state, while also forging new research initiatives. In 2019, we changed our name to the UVA Center for Interprofessional Collaborations to reflect our growth and broad vision of who contributes to the healthcare team.
Starting in 2018, the Center began publishing a newsletter to keep the community updated about IPE news and events. We welcome your news stories, ideas and feedback.