MIND-BODY-SPIRIT: Year 2 – Another Success!

On Sunday, April 23rd, over 40 Concordia students hosted the 2nd annual Mind-Body-Spirit Health and Wellness Fair.  The event was attended by over 200 CUW students and community members, who engaged in, and learned about, diabetes management, mental health, opioid awareness, smoking and tobacco cessation (through our Tobacco Free/SPARK initiative), nutrition, cholesterol and lipid disorders, and kidney disease (among many other topics).  The wellness fair was organized by Ellie Blaczyk and Kelly Rodriguez, second year pharmacy students, who did a tremendous job with logistics, planning and student recrutiment – they also brought in Nursing and Athletic Training students from CUW, making this a truly interprofessional event.

President Ferry and his wife, Dr. Tammy Ferry, helped to conclude the event by providing a Devotion and closing remarks.  This annual wellness fair truly exemplifies Concordia’s Mission, especially as it pertains to the health and well being of our students, the local community, and ultimately the patients and families our health and social care students will serve after they graduate.

Students and faculty interested in planning the 3rd annual Mind-Body-Spirit Health and Wellness Fair (its never to early!) can contact Michael Oldani in the Office of IPE @ CUW (michael.oldani@cuw.edu).

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CUW-Marquette IPE Team Finish 2nd in State-Wide Case Competition

The Office of IPE @ CUW wants to congratulate our Concordia Health and Social Care students who partnered with students from Marquette School of Dentistry, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW-Madison School of Medicine to compete in the annual fall-winter Wisconsin AHEC Interprofessional Case competition.  This year’s competition allowed student teams to produce proposals to improve the health and social care for Native American Communities in the Dakotas.  Students were required to create a vision and a budget for implementing a culturally competent and person-centered holistic health plan for the Lakota community.

This year the Office of IPE @ CUW coordinated three teams at the regional level who submitted their proposals to AHEC in late fall.  One of these teams won the regional competition and were able to participate in the state-wide competition at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells on January 13th.  This group presented a 15 minute slide show and ‘pitch’ to judges who were tasked with assessing the merits and feasibility of their vision.

The student team of Forrest Beck (CUW Pharmacy/Team Captain), Britt Bickert (Physician Assistant Studies), Matt Briski (Pharmacy) and Maria Barnes (Marquette Dental School) finished 2nd overall in the 8 team competition.  They will share a $2000 educational stipend from AHEC. The local press covered their success as well.

The goal of the AHEC competition is to further interprofessional skills and competencies through teamwork and the intellectual exercise of the case proposals and vision, and obviously, these students excelled at both!

If you are interested in these types of opportunities and/or simply want to know more about IPE @ CUW – please contact the Campus Coordinator at michael.oldani@cuw.edu.

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Annual Interprofessional Case Competition Announced: Prizes include $3000 Scholarship

CUW students are encouraged  to contact the Coordinator of IPE (Michael Oldani) at michael.oldani@cuw.edu for more information about the annual Wisconsin AHEC Interprofessional Case Competion.   CUW students have previously competed in this team-based, health and social care competition.  Last year’s team won the Northeast AHEC Region and took their presentation to the Kalahari Resort Conference Center in early January to compete with other student teams from Wisconsin (Top finishers at the state level are eligible for scholarships.). CUW students who participate meet as small IPE teams on campus for several months this fall and research and craft a response to a perplexing medical case through a PowerPoint presentation (and brief write-up). Registration will begin in the early fall – look for followup announcements sent by your particular health/social care program.

 

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Concordia & Alverno Students Complete IPE Pilot Program through Justice Point

 

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During the fall and spring semester of 2015-16 12 students from CUW (nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and social work) and Alverno College (nursing and nurse practitioner/mental health) participated in a pilot interprofessional learning experience that involved a nontraditional IPE opportunity.  A partnership was created with Justice Point (a non profit, pre-trial case management organization) and the Milwaukee County Drug Court (a program that allows individuals struggling with addiction to be place on probation and receive comprehensive drug treatment).  Students first observed how an interprofessional team of attorneys, case managers, police officers, social workers, psychologists and a judge come together to plan out client-centered treatment plans and to carry out court proceedings to keep individuals on track and sober.

Students then collaborated together to think about how health and social care impact sobriety and how they might (through small teams) work with clients to ensure they are referred to the right kind of providers for care.  Justice Point identified clients for small teams of students to interview and to produce case write ups (that were shared via a Goggle Drive) in order to produce “active referrals.”  Students, through follow up interviews, were able to recommend certain types of prescriptions that might aid clients with sleep issues as well as uncovering issues like the need for comprehensive dental care for clients who may have not been able to, or neglected, their oral health.

Overall, students reported the pilot program as a success and that they learned the value of collaborative care when dealing with patients/clients with complex health and social care needs.  The pilot program is being extended for another year and interested students (and faculty) should contact Michael Oldani in the Office of IPE @ CUW for more information.  There are a variety of ways students can receive credit for this course, including as a 1-3 credit IPE 550 special topics course.

Special thanks to Karin Wasiullah of Alverno College of Nursing for co-coordinating this learning experience. And special thanks to the following students:

Allysa Bagin. Ryan Nelson, Genesis Estrada, Sarah Dibble, Hallie Schopp, Becky Sobanski, Monique VanFelder, Amy Kutzler, Emily Schroeter, Briana Kneisl, Kristen Holme, and Carrie Fehrmann – you are all trail blazers in IPE!

 

Michael J. Oldani/Office of IPE @ CUW

michael.oldani@cuw.edu

 

 

 

NEEDED: HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE CUW STUDENTS for LCMS Wellness Fair – JULY 9th!

If you are a health and social care student at CUW (e.g., physician assistant studies, pharmacy, OT, PT, social Work, nursing, etc.) you are need to help our OT students participate in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Triannual national meeting in Milwaukee, WI, on July 9th.  Over 4000 delegates, Pastors and church members will gather in Milwaukee and on Saturday (the 9th) CUW students along with Concordia Plan Plan Services will host a 5 hour health and wellness fair.  CUW students will provide interactive stations for LCMS members to engage in that will focus on Nutrition, Exercise/Physical Activity, Sleep & Rest, Stress Reduction & Mental Health, Diabetes Management and Ageing Well.  Interested students can contact professor Katrina Serwe in the Occupational Therapy Department at CUW (katrina.serwe@cuw.edu).  She is teaching in OT course this summer and her OT students are organizing the event.  You will be partnered with OT students depending on your profession and/or interests.  (This is a great opportunity to acquire IPE hours, complete service/experiential learning requirements, and/or to simply experience the benefits of promoting wellness to interested people!) You can also contact the Campus Coordinator of Interprofessional Education (IPE @ CUW) – Michael Oldani (michael.oldani@cuw.edu).

Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness Fair April 10th, Health Professions Students Needed

The inaugural Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness Fair is going to take place on Sunday, April 10th, 2016.  Pharmacy students have organized the event for faculty, staff, students and members of the local community.  The fair will educate participants on various health and wellness issues while providing an opportunity to learn about the various professional health degrees available at CUW.

Health professions students (e.g., nursing, OT, PT, PA, NP, and Social Work) that would like to volunteer can contact IPE Coordinator, Michael Oldani at michael.oldani@cuw.edu.

Schedule of Events:

10am: Worship Service w/ President Ferry in Christ Triumphant Chapel

11:30am-1:30pm:  Wellness Fair in the Terrace Room

  • Health Related Raffle Prizes
  • First 100 participants receive ‘swag bag’ of wellness give aways

1:40pm: Mind-Body-Spirit Benediction in Christ Triumphant Chapel

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