Announcing the Interprofessional Exchange (IP-X) Health Care Implementation Grant Team

The nursing, pharmacy, public health, and family medicine team will focus on interprofessional diet and lifestyle approaches for patients with co-occurring obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.

After months of scientific review and deliberation, the health science deans at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus are pleased to announce they have selected the faculty team to be awarded the first-ever Early Implementation Grant (for up to $250,000) in U-M’s groundbreaking Interprofessional Exchange (IP-X) Research Stimulus program.

“Stemming a Public Health Crisis: Using an Interprofessional Approach to Compare the Effectiveness of Two Different Diet and Lifestyle Interventions for Adults with Overweight or Obesity, Hypertension, and Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes” has been selected for the funding award.

The project’s principal investigator is Laura Saslow, PhD, Assistant Professor at the U-M School of Nursing. Her interprofessional team of U-M co-investigators includes Lenette M. Jones (School of Nursing), Heidi Diez (College of Pharmacy), Julia Wolfson (School of Public Health) and Caroline Richardson (Medical School).

The U-M Interprofessional Exchange Research Stimulus grants support investigations focused on the health outcomes and value of interprofessional exchange in health care and service, policy, and more. The funding for IP-X Research Stimulus grants comes from the seven health science deans on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus (together comprising the Health Sciences Council) and the U-M Office of the Provost. All the teams applying for the IP-X grants must include investigators from at least three U-M health science schools.

The four teams receiving inaugural IP-X Pilot Grant awards (up to $50,000) were announced in September 2017.  A call for the second round of IP-X proposals for both pilot and implementation grants will go out in late winter 2018. It will be hosted on the website of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, which manages the IP-X program for the deans of the Health Sciences Council.

“The purpose of the IPX Research Stimulus Program is to position the University of Michigan as a national and international leader in the science of interprofessional approaches to health care,” explained Health Sciences Council (HSC) Chair Lynn Videka, also dean of the U-M School of Social Work. “The HSC aims to fund innovative projects that test well-defined and innovative interprofessional health care treatments for their effectiveness and efficiency in treating important health problems.”

The finalist projects focused on important health problems and strong science in testing innovative interprofessional health care.  The submitted projects demonstrate the University of Michigan’s creativity and innovation in solving today’s most complex health challenges.

The deans of the Health Sciences Council created the IP-X Research Stimulus as a $1.5-million multi-year program, administered by Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education. Stay in touch for updates on the next round of funding, anticipated in late winter 2018.