Connecting Professions to Improve Outcomes

A primary mission of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services is to promote interdisciplinary and interprofessional experiences for students. The education and professional development of the student is at the center of our efforts and involves service, clinical practice and research.

The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students to practice collaboratively to build a better, safer, patient centered, community and population oriented health care system.

IPE Courses

IPE Workshops

Building Cultural Competency Workshop (BCCW)

The purpose of the BCCW is to provide a forum for students and faculty across disciplines to acknowledge personal, professional and organizational dynamics that influence the quality of their patient care and their interactions with colleagues.

This workshop convenes students from health and human services to explore vital cultural issues of diversity, power and privilege.

Students and faculty are invited to examine personal and institutional values that influence their thoughts, feelings and actions through a series of shared readings, video, group presentations, and respectful discussion.

Life In the State of Poverty

This is a welfare simulation experience developed by the Reform Organization of Welfare Education Association of Missouri (ROWL). It is designed to sensitize health and human service students to the realities faced by low-income families.

The simulation places participants “in the shoes” of a family member in a low socioeconomic situation. The task of the families is to provide for basic necessities and shelter for one month consisting of 4 fifteen minute “weeks”.

In the process of trying to take care of their families, participants gain an understanding of poverty by experiencing some of the confusion, defeat, frustration, exhaustion and despair that low income families experience. 

2017/18 Academic Year



  • IPE 415/NSG415 Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare: An Interprofessional Approach
  • IPE 490 Issues and Applications of Family Caregiving: Interprofessional Perspectives
  • IPE 391 Introduction to Informatics for Health Care Professionals


Poverty Simulation

  • Monday, January 22
  • Tuesday, January 23
  • Wednesday, January 24

Building Cultural Competency Workshop

  • Monday, March 26
  • Tuesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, April 11

Back to Top