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) are 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 including 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 Feb 27, 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 Feb. 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 and introductions
    • Consider body language or other non-verbal communication
    • Focus on name pronunciation
  • Open-ended Questions
    • Acknowledge concerns and validate patient/client experience
    • Ask questions to obtain deeper understanding of barriers
  • Thorough Evaluation and discussion
    • Focus attention to patient's or client’s areas of concern
    • Explain findings and thoughts throughout
  • Explanation of plan and recommendations
    • Acknowledge again concerns and 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 getting 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 virtually on these dates, the same team (<10 learners) on all three days:

  • Wed., Sep. 23, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 14, 3-4:30 p.m.

The virtual training dates have been set. There are three timeslots open from which you can choose one that works best for your schedule.

  • Fri., Sept. 11, 12-2 p.m.
  • Mon., Sept. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 15, 9-11 a.m.

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.

Click here to sign up to facilitate 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!

Here's What We're Reading

Best Practices for Conducting Interprofessional Team Rounds to Facilitate Performance of the ICU Liberation (ABCDEF) Bundle
Stollings, Joanna L.; Devlin, John W.; Lin, John C.; Pun, Brenda T.; Byrum, Diane; Barr, Juliana

Professional Development

In-Person Professional Development Events- POSTPONED 

All CIPE workshops through April 30 will be postponed; check here for the latest

  1. March 25- Art and Social Change – POSTPONED (will be rescheduled Fall 2020)
  2. April 8 & 17- Collaborative Communication-  POSTPONED
  3. May 13- Motivational Interviewing- TENTATIVE (status to be determined later in April)

IPE 101: Facilitating Small Interprofessional Groups – TENTATIVE 

Monday, June 1, 8:30am - 4pm
Or online.


Webinar Series from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education:

Connecting at the Nexus: COVID-19 Edition
Prevailing in IPE During a Pandemic Reflections from an Interprofessional Team
Monday, March 30 @ 12:30 p.m. CT

Join Joy Doll and Katie Packard from the Creighton University Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) to discuss the opportunities, challenges, and strategies for success of changing times in IPE, and share your questions and stories.

Transitioning to Online IPE in a Pandemic
Thursday, April 2 @ 12:30 p.m. CT

Amanda Kirkpatrick & Katie Packard from Creighton University Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) will walk through how to build successful virtual IPE experiences, and contingency options for various activities, that adapt to an evolving pandemic situation, and host a discussion on your questions and challenges.

Building a Stronger IPE Program: Document What You Are Learning Today
Tuesday, April 7 @ 12:00 p.m. CT

In the current environment, there is an unprecedented softening of boundaries around interprofessional collaboration as well as extraordinary examples of teamwork being leveraged to address the pandemic.

Join Barbara Brandt and Laura Pejsa as we share ideas and tools that can be used to document events in real time about what's happening right now. We'll discuss ways in which these quick, real-time strategies can support your time in building a stronger interprofessional practice and education program for the future.

From Our Team to Yours: Strategies for Successful Remote Teaming
Thursday, April 9 @ 12:00 p.m. CT

Join the team from Arizona State University’s Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research (CAIPER) to talk about ways to promote creativity, productivity and connections while teaming virtually. The CAIPER team has worked together remotely for many years. They will share practical lessons and specific examples from their experience.

Real Stories with Real Impacts: What Worked for Accelerating Initiative Teams