Interprofessional Education (or IPE) is at the core of what the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative is about. The healthcare world in which we live is now reliant on teams of professionals working closely together to solve the health and wellness problems facing the United States today. It is with this in mind that the RHIC is working to improve the educational model for training these professionals in multi-disciplinary modalities. This is done through innovative training techniques and with the use of the RHIC's state of the art Simulation Center.
Interprofessional Education refers to occasions when students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together during all or part of their professional training with the object of cultivating collaborative practice for providing client- or patient-centered health care. The collaborative process requires the preparation and functioning of interprofessional teams who share knowledge and decision making with the purpose of creating solutions to health care problems and transcend conventional discipline-specific methods. The goal is to work together in service of patient-centered and/or community-centered health care needs.