Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Spring 2020 Newsletter

In This Issue

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St. Louis Community Health Workers Panel



Community Health Workers (CHW) – leaders of the community serving their community.  CHWs empower people to engage in healthy behaviors that increase overall community wellbeing. The use of CHWs to improve access to healthcare is expanding across Missouri, more specifically in the St. Louis region.

The Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, in collaboration with the Goldfarb School of Nursing, St Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University implemented a three-part learning series for first-year students. During part three, five members of the St. Louis CHW Coalition – Ryan S., Brittany B., LaReecia C., LaKisha R. and Carnadria S. -  presented to a group of approximately 100 first-year students in health disciplines spanning across audiology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy. Each of the CHWs shared their personal experience as patients in the health system while uninsured or underinsured, not disclosing that they identify as nontraditional health providers themselves. This created space for a very fluid and organic conversation to occur around elevating and honoring the patient experience. 

As a follow up to their participation in three-part CIPE learner’s series. On Thursday, February 27, 2020 members of the St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition held a panel sharing details around the regional and state infrastructure supporting their workforce to illustrate examples of how they interact in interprofessional teams and provide a deeper look into their day-to-day responsibilities. Members of the audience had a chance to engage in authentic conversation centered around CHW lived experience and what’s observed through patient experiences.

If you have any questions or you’d like to connect with a member of the St. Louis CHW Coalition, please reach out to Ciearra Walker ( A sincere thank you to the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Campus and the St. Louis Integrated Health Network.

Author: Ciearra Walker, MPH (St. Louis Integrated Health Network)

St. Louis Integrated Health Network

1520 Market Street, Suite 4034

St. Louis, MO 63103-2625

Culturally Conscious Communication Workshop
Jess Pittman, MD and Michele Holton facilitate the Culturally Conscious Communication workshop on February 20, to a group of interprofessional attendees.


The following is from the Culturally Conscious Communication workshop February 20, presented by Jess Pittman, MD, and Michele Holton of St Louis Children’s Hospital:

Background: Our goal is to achieve a meaningful therapeutic outcome with every patient / client. Cultural humility calls us to respect the identity of others and their authority over their own experience. Patients and clients have many factors that affect their health so understanding from them by inquiring about their priorities can help heighten situational awareness. Additionally, being flexible and incorporating client priorities enables us to center our recommendations in their reality. This may mean making minor adjustments to our typical plan of action to increase the likelihood of adoption and success. Culturally Conscious Communication is grounded in cultural humility (cultural competence and empathy) combined with situational awareness and flexibility which helps patients feel heard and encourages them to engage more fully in achieving equitable care.





Specific tips for adjusting your approach to address cultural context and achieve equity:

  • Preparation
    • Adjust initial approach based on understood cultural differences or barriers to connection
  • Greetings & Introductions
    • Consider body language/non-verbals
    • Focus on name pronunciation
  • Open-ended Questions
    • Acknowledge concerns & validate patient/client experience
    • Use questions to obtain deeper understanding of barriers
  • Thorough Evaluation/Discussion
    • Focus attention to patient/client’s areas of concern
    • Explain findings/thoughts throughout
  • Explanation of Plan/Recommendations
    • Acknowledge again concerns & validate patient/client experience
    • Include patient/client in planning and decision making
  • Modify plan to address barriers, conflicting priorities
    • Reassure your willingness to adjust plan until goals are met
Calling facilitators for Fall 2020 Phase I IPE Curriculum

Building upon the successes of last year’s inaugural year, the CIPE Curriculum Committee is continuing to refine and improve the Phase I curriculum for Fall 2020 thanks to input from students, facilitators, session leaders and clients/patients.

This experience requires 70 facilitators, so we need your help to facilitate! Facilitators receive training, get to interact with interprofessional colleagues and learners across campus, and receive written feedback from learners after the sessions. Previous facilitators report having fun and get value from teaching in Phase I, here’s what some of our facilitators from last year said:

“As a team facilitator, this was a great experience.”

“I truly enjoyed being a part of this experience. I hope to continue to participate!”

The ASK: Facilitate on these dates, same team (10 learners) both days:

As always, we will provide a detailed script and training for you to feel confident with facilitating a team of interprofessional students. And after this, as long as you attend IPE 101 and 2 other workshops during the year you will be eligible to become a Master Interprofessional Educator!

the Fall sessions! If you are unsure yet of your fall schedule, put your name on the list and we will keep you in the loop as we get closer to the sessions.


Feel free to share this email with your colleagues to help us recruit 70 facilitators for this experience – they need only to be a clinician, not have previous teaching experience!


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Nexus Webinar Series: Real Stories with Real Impacts: What Worked for Accelerating Initiative Teams

For two years, 16 schools of nursing and their universities have partnered with community-based organizations to deliver new models of healthcare and education to benefit the people served, students, and systems.  Now the results of these successful partnerships have been released and are available to you!

Learn more about this initiative by joining us for a series of webinars in 2019-2020.
Webinars will feature site leaders who will provide insight into how selected sites addressed the gap between health professions education and health care delivery in a community setting. These are real stories with real impact.

What had to change in order for them to be successful?
How are they doing things differently?
What matters most and what made a difference to their patient population?
How did the National Center’s NexusIPE© Learning System tools support the Nexus Team’s success?