TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Learning Activity
Title of interprofessional practice and education learning activity
¡Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mi Diabetes!: An Interprofessional Patient Education Program
Criteria for registering the interprofessional practice and education learning activity
- Involvement of two or more professions.
- Opportunities to learn about, from, and with one another.
- Significant interactivity between participants.
- Teaching and learning about interprofessional practice and education is intentionally integrated into the activity. Interprofessional practice and education constructs are targeted with IPE learning objectives (see section on IPE learning objectives to follow) and are also discussed, trained, reviewed, and/or assessed as part of the learning activity.
Type of learning activity
- Experiential and/or clinical learning
- Service learning and/or community engagement project
Detailed description and purpose of learning activity
"Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mi Diabetes" is a seven-week diabetes self-management program led by an AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator, in conjunction with the West Central Texas Council of Governments (Big County AHEC). ¡Sí, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes! (Sí, Yo Puedo) is an evidence-informed, culturally competent educational program targeting low-literate Hispanic/Latinos with diabetes. The curriculum is predicated on the American Diabetes Association’s national standards of care, and employs the social cognitive and self-regulation theories as its foundational support. Empowerment is an overarching theme of the program, and, to this end, Sí, Yo Puedo aims to equip participants with knowledge and lifestyle skills to better control their diabetes. This interprofessional program significantly enhances participants’ engagement in diabetes self-care behaviors, improvements in self-confidence about diabetes self-care, and increases diabetes knowledge.
Topic Sessions for the program include:
Week 1: ¿Qué es la diabetes? (What is diabetes?)
Week 2: Revisando sus niveles de glucosa en la sangre (Checking your blood glucose levels)
Week 3: Comiendo de manera saludable
condiabetes (Eating healthy with diabetes)
Week 4: Mantengase activo con diabetes (Be active with diabetes)
Week 5: Los medicamentos y la diabetes (Medicines and diabetes)
Week 6: Prevención de los problemas relacionados con la diabetes (Preventing diabetes problems)
Pharmacy students from TTUHSC and nutrition students from Abilene Christian University will be partnered to provide patient education on two topic sessions. Students must work together to present patient education, solicit and answer patient questions, lead hands-on learning activities, and encourage patient empowerment throughout the educational program. Throughout each 1.5-2 hr patient education session, students are encouraged to ask questions of each other and engage in collaborative patient-centered education. Student must also work together to deliver a diabetes self-management education program in a culturally meaningful and relevant manner, which is more likely to yield positive health outcomes.
The first session, "Checking your Blood Glucose Levels," will include a discussion on high and low carbohydrate foods, a "mini-lecture" on how to check a blood glucose level, a demonstration of using a glucose meter, and assisting patients in the process of checking their blood glucose level.
The second session, "Medicines and Diabetes," will include a "mini-lecture" about medications and common myths surrounding diabetes medications, problem-solving scenarios, and a discussion of the Healthy Plate Method.
Ten patient participants have registered for the course, and 5-7 pharmacy students will be present for each session.
A pharmacy faculty preceptor will be present during both sessions. In preparation for the event, students will have attended two training sessions, led by the faculty preceptor, to better understand the material they will be presenting, brainstorm potential questions the patient participants might ask, discuss common barriers to self-management of diabetes, and discuss the role of team-based diabetes education in the ambulatory care setting. Following the collaborative patient education sessions, pharmacy students will also complete a reflection survey to evaluate the impact the IPE learning activity had on their perceptions of collaborative care in diabetes management.
1. Understand the role of a pharmacist in team-based diabetes education.
2. Participate as a team member in an interprofessional self-management program for Latino patients with type 2 diabetes.
Level of interprofessional practice and education integration
- Immersion Level: Consists of development learning activities that provide learners with the opportunity to learn about, with, and from other professional learners in an active learning situation where they are applying learning during the activity. The desired outcome for activities offered at the immersion level is that learners will develop critical thinking skills as part of an interprofessional view that incorporates multiple perspectives, and acknowledges and encourages diversity in providing quality health and human services.
Attendance or participation in learning activity
- Course requirement
- Patient Encounters for IPP
- CV credit
Frequency of learning activity
Hope for this to be an annual activity. This is the first year to involve more than just one faculty member and one student.
Duration and/or timeline of learning activity
Each session takes place on a Saturday, for 1.5-2 hours.
Campus and/or location of learning activity
Average number of learners participating in the learning activity
5-7 students per session.
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
School of Health Professions
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
Abilene Christian University Nutrition students.
IPE learning objectives for the activity
Values and Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
- Develop a trusting relationship with patients, families, and other team members.
- Respect the unique cultures, values, roles/responsibilities, and expertise of other health professions and the impact these factors can have on health outcomes.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Explain the roles and responsibilities of other care providers and how the team works together to provide care.
- Use unique and complementary abilities of all members of the team to optimize patient care.
- Communicate consistently the importance of teamwork in patient-centered & community-focused care.
- Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.
Teams and Teamwork
- Share accountability with other professions, patients, and communities for outcomes relevant to prevention and health care.
Type of assessment administered
Formal assessment protocol used, if applicable
Type of program evaluation administered
- Activity feedback/evaluation – from faculty and/or preceptors
- Follow-up survey
Provide details on the potential sustainability of the learning activity
This is the second year the program has reached out to the SOP for assistance. Last year, the faculty member and one student assisted with only one session. This year, the coordinator reached out very early to better coordinate a role for the pharmacy students. It is the hope of the coordinator and the SOP faculty member that the classes will continue to be held in future years, and the relationship with the SOP will continue.
Additional information about learning activity, if necessary
Roles of faculty/staff in learning activity (e.g., planning committee, facilitators, instructors, mentors, etc.):
SOP faculty member coordinated role with AmeriCorps VISTA student, coordinated training sessions with students, and will precept on the day of the sessions.
Learning activity organizer
Contact person(s) and contact information for learning activity
Kayley Will, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM
Assistant Professor, Ambulatory Care Division
TTUHSC School of Pharmacy
1718 Pine Street, Office 2607
Abilene, TX 79601
Office: (325) 696-0444
Cell: (812) 598-9938
Learning activity will be held at Mercy Clinic, 1902 Shelton St, Abilene, TX 79603.