Rural Health Practive program AHEC Fellowship (FY17-18)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Rural Health Practive program AHEC Fellowship (FY17-18) Rural Health Practice Program AHEC Fellowship Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation will create an integrated, interprofessional curriculum that trains advance practice nurses (nurse practitioners) with the primary goals of developing rural and urban underserved interprofessional expertise and recruiting future primary care providers to rural and medically underserved areas across Arizona to ultimately improve access to care and health outcomes for Arizonans. This proposal is designed to begin as a pilot in year one with additional longitudinal programming and evaluation to be developed that leverages existing resources and opportunities for improved outcomes for interprofessional health students and Arizona communities. In accordance with the AzAHEC mission, the RHPP program will offer students not only clinical placement opportunities in rural and medically underserved communities, but also training and experience in interprofessional practice to enhance access to quality healthcare, with primary and preventive care focus across populations to improve the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals in target areas. The majority of these rotations will occur in medically underserved communities (MUC) in the metropolitan Phoenix area, although some students will travel to rurally designated areas through existing educational partnerships between academic and community organizations. ASU CONHI plans to involve the current RHPP Tri-University programs, Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research (CAIPER), Integrated Behavioral Health, SHOW, and SHOW Crossroads Outreach program faculty to assist in joint interprofessional learning activities. It is anticipated these activities will engage IPE students (nursing, social work, behavioral health, medicine, OT/PT, public health, and pharmacy) with AHEC students in collaborative practice and learning opportunities. Building upon last years experience with Team AZ, an IPE event of case studies with interdisciplinary feedback and problem solving, students will continue this experience with real-life IPE in the SHOW clinic and SHOW Crossroads outreach. Students will develop and present case studies of shared clinical experiences. Rubrics previously developed will guide students in the multidisciplinary presentation format, peer evaluation, and activity evaluation. Specific planning for these activities will take place at the first directors meeting. The project director will participate in RHPP coordinated meetings between regional AHEC directors, RHPP program directors and staff, and directors of ASU supporting programs (CAPIER, Macy IPE Project, Integrated Behavioral Health, SHOW) to develop the IPE curriculum, activities, and events to begin Summer 2018. The RHPP director will meet with clinical placement coordinator, AHEC directors, and lead IPE faculty to plan for student recruitment, site availability, and potential community project work. Students currently in funded areas will be offered ongoing financial support, and will be directed on the process for engaging with their regional AHEC directors for initiation of project work or additional clinical placement opportunities.
Effective start/end date7/1/176/30/18


  • HHS-HRSA Grants Application Center at: The Division of Grant: $94,820.00


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