National University Nurse Managed Clinic Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice (NUNMC-IPE/IPCP) Initiative
The NUNMC-IPE/IPCP Initiative is a unique approach to delivering healthcare that utilizes telehealthcare technologies to monitor clinical conditions on a daily basis in the home or community setting. This innovative, collaborative outreach Clinic, working in partnership with the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, community-based organizations and faith-based institutions, is staffed by a team of interprofessional healthcare professionals, who travel to under-resourced neighborhoods to provide primary and preventive healthcare services and follow up for patients and their families. Health professionals representing the disciplines of nursing, medicine, social work, public health, informatics, clinical lab science, clinical regulatory affairs, data analytics, healthcare administration and integrative health collaborate in the delivery of care.
The utilization of this academic-community partnership approach blends the unique insights of community health leaders with more traditional academic evidence-based data, to provide healthcare services for under-resourced urban communities. Care is provided at no out-of-pocket cost for the patients served. This initiative is expected to serve hundreds of residents in its first year of operation. The overall aim is to break down the financial, social, cultural, and transportation barriers that prevent patients from seeking proper healthcare, and to fill the gap in linking people in need with available resources.