National Rural Health Day: An Interprofessional Small Group Experience

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

National Rural Health Day: An Interprofessional Small Group Experience

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

9/8/2023 - 9/8/2024

Criteria for Registering the IPE Experience

  • Involvement of two or more professions.
  • Opportunities to learn about, from, and with one another.
  • Significant interactivity between participants.
  • Teaching and/or learning about interprofessional practice and education is intentionally integrated into the activity. Interprofessional practice and education constructs are targeted with IPE learning objectives are also discussed, trained, reviewed, and/or assessed as part of the learning activity.

Type of IPE Experience

  • Workshop, interactive demo, or small group activity

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Roles and Responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and team members’ expertise to address individual and population health outcomes.
  • Teams and Teamwork: Apply values and principles of the science of teamwork to adapt one's own role in a variety of team settings.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

  • Advancing health equity
  • Enhancing the experience of care
  • Improving patient and/or population health outcomes
  • Reducing the cost of care

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 61 million people – call them home. These small towns, farming communities, and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other, and work together to benefit the greater good. Research shows that graduates of healthcare education schools with a rural health mission are more likely to choose to work in rural primary care healthcare settings. By adopting a rural health focus, TTUHSC provides opportunities for students to learn about and practice in rural health settings. National Rural Health Day Celebration and Recruitment Fair is hosted by TTUHSC and the Texas State Office of Rural Health to showcase the opportunities and resources available to healthcare teams in rural settings. During this celebration, learners will have an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of rural healthcare professions, clinical partners, community resources, and more. To receive IPE credit, learners will be briefed on the types of activities and resources that are available throughout the celebration and fair. Learners must actively engage with a variety of professionals at each resource booth and activity and ask questions about the roles & responsibilities and teamwork/collaboration in rural health communities. Learners will have a check-off sheet that will have to be stamped by each of the professionals following the interactions. At the end of the event, learners will complete a post-event survey focused on teamwork, roles and responsibilities, and communication in rural health settings. Students will then have to write a reflection on 2 things they learned about another profession and 2 ways healthcare professionals can better collaborate and communicate in rural communities.

Level of IPE Integration

  • 1. Foundations Level: Consists of introductory learning activities that provide learners with the opportunity to interact and learn from professionals and peers from disciplines beyond their own. The desired outcome for activities offered at this level is that learners will gain a deeper understanding of their profession while gaining an appreciation for the perspective and roles of other professions.

Attendance or Participation in the IPE Experience

  • Portfolio credit
  • Certificate credit

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 01. Annually
  • Annually on National Rural Health Day in November

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 02. 1 to 3 hours

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Midland
  • Odessa

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 02. 51 to 100

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Physical Therapy, DPT
  • Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS

School of Medicine Audiences

  • MS 3
  • MS 4
  • Residents

School of Nursing Audiences

  • RN to BSN
  • Traditional BSN
  • Veteran BSN
  • Second Degree BSN

School of Pharmacy Audiences

School of Population and Public Health Audiences


IPE Learning Objectives for the Experience

Values and Ethics

  • VE01. Promote the values and interests of persons and populations in health care delivery, One Health, and population health initiatives.
  • VE11. Support a workplace where differences are respected, career satisfaction is supported, and wellbeing is prioritized.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • RR01. Include the full scope of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of team members to provide care that is person-centered, safe, cost-effective, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  • RR02. Collaborate with others within and outside of the health system to improve health outcomes.
  • RR04. Differentiate each team member’s role, scope of practice, and responsibility in promoting health outcomes.


  • C01. Communicate one’s roles and responsibilities clearly.
  • C04. Promote common understanding of shared goals.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT08. Facilitate team coordination to achieve safe, effective care and health outcomes.
  • TT10. Discuss organizational structures, policies, practices, resources, access to information, and timing issues that impact the effectiveness of the team.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Attitudinal and/or perceptions survey
  • Written reflection

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from faculty, facilitators, and/or preceptors
  • Activity feedback/evaluation – from learners

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Dedicated resources
  • Engaged community partners
  • Dedicated personnel
  • Met an identified need or gap

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • Decentralized school or program funding

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Planning committee members
  • Volunteers

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • School of Medicine
  • Rural and Community Engagement Division

Contact Person(s) and Contact Information for the IPE Experience

Dijo John
Rural and Community Engagement Division