Health care and the health professions workforce in the U.S. are undergoing historic change, and barriers to the good health of our citizens are substantial. Citizens and communities everywhere are affected by issues of access to care, as well as quality, effectiveness and safety of care.
These urgent issues demand thinking beyond the status quo. The emerging new practice environment demands a shift towards teamwork in learning and practice by health professionals, who must work together to maintain better health through prevention and wellness, better care, and decreased costs. More than merely working together, providers must learn to practice collaboratively for the benefit of the patients and communities.
Historically, health professions education has focused on profession-specific skills, rather than preparing students for the realities of communicating and working together with other professions in practice. USI is now joining the efforts to go beyond these boundaries to connect the health professions, educators, health care providers, and all those involved in the continuum of care.