The Interprofessional Education Certificate represents social work students’ level, quality and depth of learning interprofessional core competencies.
This Certificate of Participation may be presented to prospective employers to demonstrate students’ commitment and ability to function as a productive member on any interprofessional team in any clinical or community-based environment.
Students engaged in all approved, related activities document their time spent on a monthly time sheet.
Interprofessional Education Foundational Course
The foundational course is required for all incoming on-campus MSW students. Overall, this course provides students from the schools of medicine, dental medicine, nursing and social work as well as the departments of public health, nutrition, physician assistant and psychological sciences the opportunity to engage in a dynamic and interactive team-learning environment to better understand the goals, purpose and benefits of interprofessional collaboration. The course is presented as a series interactive learning sessions and simulations that provide students the opportunity to learn from, with and about each other in small, interprofessional groups. Guided by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative core competencies, the foundation course, and subsequent activities focus on the development of knowledge, attitudes and skills in four domains:
- Values for interprofessional practice
- Understanding roles and responsibilities
- Interprofessional communication
- Interprofessional teamwork
Once students have completed the foundation course, they are afforded the opportunity to participate in a number of community-based and student-led interprofessional activities. They include, but are not limited to the following.
Aging in Place (AIP)
In partnership with the Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland, teams of dental, medical, nursing and social work students work in teams to provide preventive, at-home care for senior citizens. This unique experience offers three-student interprofessional teams the ability to conduct ongoing visits with older adults, in their homes. The program also provides seminars geared to the art of successful communication and geriatric topics, vital for professionals in any field caring for older adults.
Community Health Initiative (CHI)
Community Health Initiative (CHI) is a community service program organized by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Medical student volunteers run health screenings at a local men's homeless shelter every Friday afternoon, where they take clients' blood pressures, perform blood glucose checks, and assess patients' BMI. Because many of the clients present with more complex social, access and insurance needs, social work students are needed to work collaboratively with the medical students to address these social determinant and other psychoeducational needs. Social work students run psychoeducational groups regarding anger management, conflict resolution, coping skills, and expressive arts. Students also have the opportunity to provide education on health issues, such as: smoking, alcohol use, and nutrition, when appropriate.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program is a collaboration between MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University. This two-semester training program provides graduate nursing, social work and doctoral psychology students with enhanced practice and training experiences in the area of integrated behavioral health.
Interprofessional teams of students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, public health, psychology, physician assistant, epidemiology, biomedical science, occupational therapy, health administration, medical dietetics, community health and business work collaboratively to gain insight into the root causes that lead some patients to have repeat emergency room visits and hospital admissions and analyze how this additional utilization might have been avoided. Hot Spotters work with super-utilizers in the community to understand their unique circumstances and help connect them with community resources that could lead to better health outcomes. Through participation in the six-month learning collaborative, students receive in-depth training on motivational interviewing, social determinants of health, team-building, communication, advocacy and more to help improve care delivery systems both now and in the future.
Interprofessional Learning Exchange and Practice (I-LEAP)
I-LEAP is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice collaborative team skills while adding value to patient care. Building upon the foundational ILEAD curriculum, interprofessional teams of students are placed in clinical sites at Cleveland Clinic, Care Alliance and Neighborhood Family Practice for one semester. The student teams consist of five students—a first-year student from the Mandel School, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine and the physician assistant program—and provide clinical services to patients to improve health and well-being outcomes. Activities include patient interviews, assessments, health literacy, education, referral services and advocacy.
The Student Run Health Clinic of CWRU (SHRC)
This program provides a unique environment for interprofessional collaboration among healthcare students. Housed within the Circle Health Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, this a bi-monthly acute care walk-in clinic is staffed and operated by CWRU graduate medical, nursing and social work students, along with volunteer licensed health practitioners. Students learn together in interprofessional teams, providing counseling and acute medical care to underserved populations. Learn more about the clinic.
Longitudinal Adolescent Community Engagement Program (LACE)
LACE is an interprofessional, service-learning opportunity for CWRU graduate students to engage with underserved adolescents in the Greater Cleveland community. Through the program, learners will facilitate community engagement projects with the goal of improving adolescent health outcomes. Through engaging underserved adolescents, learners will also enhance their confidence in providing care to this population. This student-led initiative will serve as a unique intersection of leadership development, interprofessional collaboration, community engagement, and awareness of complex systemic barriers to health care.
To curate an interprofessional program, applications will be open to Master of Nursing candidates, Master of Social Work candidates, Physician Assistant candidates, MD candidates, DMD candidates, and Master in Public Health candidates at CWRU.
The program will consist of three components: (1) Emerging Leaders Orientation, an intensivefour-session leadership development orientation (2) Professional Student Educational Seminars, a longitudinal series of didactic classroom sessions to demonstrate successful methods of community engagement, and (3) Adolescent Community Engagement Sessions, a longitudinal experiential learning opportunity for students to work at a local community site that serves adolescent and to design, implement, and evaluate a project aimed at improving health outcomes.