Step 3: Understand core competencies

When health care transformation fails, culture may be the culprit. Professionals point to a concept called Adaptive Reserve as a distinctive trait of practices that successfully transformed from volume to value care. Adaptive Reserve involves a consistent vision of practice, a learning culture, healthy relationships within the practice, rich communication, trust, regular time for reflection, and shared and facilitative leadership.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP supported our work to help explain the Basics of Interprofessional Collaboration. As a member of the Northern Michigan Health Coalition, we find many interprofessional leaders in more rural areas are already implementing the competencies out of necessity. They rely on teams and teamwork to minimize gaps, redundancies, and errors by coordinating care and facilitating shared problem-solving and shared decision making.


Topics covered during this step include values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork.


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