Center for Excellence in Health Innovation

In the fall of 2015, UNE’s President Ripich renamed the Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education to the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, and named as its director, Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, UNE’s Vice President for Clinical Affairs.

The Center’s new name reflects its expanded scope, which includes interprofessional education (IPE) in clinical settings as well as a focus on innovative learning activities and research opportunities for UNE students and faculty that are in the nexus between health care transformation, public health and education and that build the Institute of Medicine’s competencies for health professionals — providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, employing evidence-based practice, applying quality improvement and utilizing informatics.

By working collaboratively with UNE’s colleges and students, other centers for excellence, the University’s clinical affiliates and the faculty-led Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), and by building upon the solid foundation created by the former Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation will focus on clinical settings and include building public health competencies. Shelley Cohen Konrad will continue to lead the University’s IPEC that focuses on faculty-led on-campus IPE curriculum development.

The Center’s first year’s priorities will be to expand interprofessional education opportunities in clinical settings for UNE students and to implement research projects related to interprofessional practice as part of UNE’s participation as one of several research sites for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The clinical interprofessional opportunities will include those with population health and health informatics learning activities.

Priorities include those that provide UNE students interprofessional clinical learning opportunities and faculty research opportunities.

Specific initial 2016 priorities:

  • Develop and pilot UNE’s Clinical Interprofessional Curriculum (CIPC)
  • Expand clinical interprofessional (IP) learning opportunities for UNE health professions students to additional clinical sites
  • Evaluate the impact of IPE in clinical settings as part of UNE’s participation in the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Nexus Innovations Network
  • Develop and implement clinical IPE opportunities for UNE’s pre-clinical students, such as interprofessional immunization clinics for Portland area vulnerable populations
  • Develop and implement a Rural Health Elective for UNE health professions students
  • Provide TeamSTEPPS certification opportunities for UNE health professions students