The Objectives of I‑PATH
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff school of Nursing has a strong history of successfully educating graduate nurses who serve in key leadership positions across the nation.
Today there remains a critical workforce shortage of nursing leaders, educationally and experientially prepared to engage in and lead inter-professional teams to improve the quality of patient care. Consequently, Loyola received funding from the Health Services and Research Administration to support the Inter-professional-Promoting Access to Health (I-PATH) project.
I-PATH's broad goal is to insure public access to a diverse, inter-professional graduate workforce prepared to engage in inter-professional collaborative practice and mitigate the impact and burden of multiple chronic conditions.
- Achieve inter‑professional practice competencies by integrating inter-professional education into graduate health professional curricula for nursing, dietetics and public health students
- Integrate clinical, experiential and didactic education addressing the healthcare needs of person with multiple chronic conditions into advanced nursing, dietetics and public health education using an inter-professional model
- Focus coursework so students and faculty are able to support small and rural hospitals in planning and implementing community health needs assessments (CHNA) in order to optimally address the needs of person with multiple chronic conditions