Team-based Practice Environments Prepare Future Health Professionals, Improve Patient Health Outcomes—Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago is transforming the way it trains future health care professionals by integrating them into team-oriented practice environments to improve population outcomes, especially in underserved communities.

The Loyola I-CARE-PATH program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides comprehensive care to patients while helping educate nursing, medical, dietary and social work students to work as a coordinated care team through the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) model. For example, as a registered dietician at Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Mary D’Anza helps care teams provide nutritional guidance to patients, many of which have multiple conditions.

Care teams that are part of Loyola’s I-CARE-PATH program have improved health outcomes, increased access to medications and services, and improved patients’ lifestyle behaviors.