In a first of its kind authentic clinical interprofessional education (IPE) experience, University of Kentucky (UK) health profession students joined dental students to implement a pilot program to promote oral health and wellness with children living in underserved Appalachian communities. Known as hCATS (Health Colleges Advancing Team Skills) to Appalachia, a total of 113 students participated in interprofessional teams of 48 health profession students paired with 65 dentistry students to provide health services. Although the UK College of Dentistry has provided sealant services (tooth decay prevention) to elementary school children for several decades in eastern Kentucky counties, funding through the UK Women and Philanthropy Network allowed services to expand to include general health screening and age-appropriate education on oral health, nutrition, exercise, and prevention of substance abuse. The UK Center for Interprofessional Health Education (CIHE) coordinated the efforts for students from the colleges of Communication and Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. In addition to the clinical experience in the elementary schools, nursing and other health profession students explored the health resources of the communities visited and reflected on their experience in collaborative practice that the program was designed to encourage. The authors noted positive outcomes with interprofessional education competencies, although more structure for collaboration is required to ensure students who work with other professions in an authentic clinical setting can gain early relevant practice in, and experience the benefits of, collaborative patient care.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Professional Nursing|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the University of Kentucky 's Women and Philanthropy Network (2016–17) Lexington, Kentucky.
Ted Raybould, DMD, Chief Division of Adult Dentistry, Chief Division of Public Health Dentistry, Chair of the Department of Oral Health Science at the University of Kentucky for his support and guidance with integrating the general practice residence with the hCATS to Appalachia program to improve oral health among children in eastern Kentucky. This work was supported by the University of Kentucky's Women and Philanthropy Network (2016?17) Lexington, Kentucky.
© 2019 Elsevier Inc.
- Appalachian health
- Authentic clinical practice
- Clinical service learning
- Interprofessional education
- Oral health
- Rural outreach
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)