Step 1: Establish support from administrative and clinical leadership

Interprofessional collaboration takes time, requires multiple reinforcing practices, and must develop relationships between and among team members in order to make a difference. These guiding principles from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation point to the importance of establishing executive leadership support for interprofessional collaboration. Without it all the necessary time, practices, or relationships may be missing.


We offer research and planning experience that is required in order for executive leaders to support interprofessional collaboration. Leaders at Hamilton Community Health Network in Flint, Michigan want to improve communication among their providers so they partnered with us on a federally-funded project to establish an interprofessional in-take process.


Topics covered during this step include specific patient needs to be addressed, return-on investment, and ways to achieve sustainability.


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