Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs. The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.
Modeling Collaboration to Develop Interprofessional Education in Primary Care
As health care delivery becomes more complex and team-based models more common, interprofessional collaboration is an increasingly important part of effective, efficient care. Bringing students from multiple disciplines together to learn respective roles, strengths, and teamwork is a necessary element in preparing them for successful interdisciplinary interprofessional practice in their careers. With an abundance and variety of health professional schools, Boston, Massachusetts is rich with potential for interprofessional education and innovation; however, currently, no forum exists for these institutions to build the relationships necessary for collaboration, nor share best practices and resources for interprofessional education.
This planning grant will be used to lay the foundation for expansion of interprofessional education through a partnership among Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Northeastern Univeristy Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern, Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at the MGH. These institutions will seek to strengthen their institutional relationships with one another in order to expand the scope and depth of their interprofessional education curricula.