Creating Healthy Rural Health Communities: An Interprofessional Case-Based Learning Activity

TTUHSC Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Experience

Title of the Interprofessional Practice and Education Experience

Creating Healthy Rural Health Communities: An Interprofessional Case-Based Learning Activity

Experience Status


Approval Date Range

9/21/2022 - 8/30/2024

Registration Details for Learners

Program will directly reach to students for registration and participation.

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

  • Case-based and/or problem-based learning
  • Team-building event
  • Service learning and/or community engagement project
  • Didactic learning
  • Rural Health

IPEC Core Competencies Targeted by this IPE Experience

  • Communication: Communicate in a responsive, responsible, respectful, and compassionate manner with team members.
  • 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.
  • Values and Ethics: Work with team members to maintain a climate of shared values, ethical conduct, and mutual respect.

Quintuple Aim Strategic Goals Discussed in this IPE Experience

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

Detailed Description and Purpose of the IPE Experience

Collaboration and teamwork are absolutely essential to quality healthcare in rural communities. Rural healthcare teams also face several challenges, including shortages of healthcare professionals, cultural incongruence, and increasing patient populations with poor health behaviors, chronic health conditions, and low socioeconomic status. Additionally, communication among healthcare professionals team and with communities and community resources is critical for access to care, cost of care, and health equity. This interprofessional education activity will allow teams of learners to increase their awareness of the different health disciplines/programs present on the TTUHSC- Permian Basin campus. Teams of learners will then complete a case study, which will focus on Rural Healthcare and the provision of healthcare in underresourced rural settings. Collaboration, Communication, Teamwork, Roles & Responsibilities, and Values/Ethics reflection questions will be incorporated into the case study. At the end of the event, interprofessional teams will debrief together with facilitators/instructors to discuss recommendations and resources for patients 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

  • CV credit
  • Voluntary basis
  • Certificate credit
  • Program and/or school requirement - Required for PA program

Frequency of the IPE Experience

  • 02. Semesterly

Duration and/or Timeline of the IPE Experience

  • 01. up to 1 hour

Campus and/or Location of the IPE Experience

  • Midland
  • Odessa

Average Number of Learners Participating in the IPE Experience

  • 03. 101 to 150

Target Audiences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Audiences

School of Health Professions Audiences

  • Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS
  • Physical Therapy, DPT

School of Medicine Audiences

  • MS 3
  • MS 4

School of Nursing Audiences

  • RN to BSN
  • Veteran 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.
  • VE04. Value diversity, identities, cultures, and differences.
  • VE05. Value the expertise of health professionals and its impacts on team functions and health outcomes.
  • VE06. Collaborate with honesty and integrity while striving for health equity and improvements in health outcomes.
  • VE07. Practice trust, empathy, respect, and compassion with persons, caregivers, health professionals, and populations.
  • VE08. Apply high standards of ethical conduct and quality in contributions to team-based care.
  • VE09. Maintain competence in one’s own profession in order to contribute to interprofessional care.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • RR05. Practice cultural humility in interprofessional teamwork.
  • RR03. Incorporate complementary expertise to meet health needs including the determinants of health.
  • 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.
  • RR04. Differentiate each team member’s role, scope of practice, and responsibility in promoting health outcomes.
  • RR02. Collaborate with others within and outside of the health system to improve health outcomes.


  • C02. Use communication tools, techniques, and technologies to enhance team function, well-being, and health outcomes.
  • C03. Communicate clearly with authenticity and cultural humility, avoiding discipline-specific terminology.
  • C04. Promote common understanding of shared goals.
  • C05. Practice active listening that encourages ideas and opinions of other team members.
  • C06. Use constructive feedback to connect, align, and accomplish team goals.
  • C07. Examine one’s position, power, role, unique experience, expertise, and culture towards improving communication and managing conflicts.

Teams and Teamwork

  • TT01. Describe evidence-informed processes of team development and team practices.
  • TT03. Practice team reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • TT04. Use shared leadership practices to support team effectiveness.
  • TT05. Apply interprofessional conflict management methods, including identifying conflict cause and addressing divergent perspectives.
  • TT07. Share team accountability for outcomes.
  • TT06. Reflect on self and team performance to inform and improve team effectiveness.

Type of Learner Assessment Administered

  • Summative assessment

Formal Assessment Protocol used, if Applicable

Type of Program Evaluation Administered

  • Facilitated debrief with planning committee
  • Satisfaction survey results

Provide Details on the Potential Sustainability of the IPE Experience

  • Dedicated personnel
  • Dedicated resources
  • Met an identified need or gap

Provide Dedicated Funding Sources:

  • Decentralized school or program funding

Roles of Faculty/Staff in the IPE Experience:

  • Facilitators
  • Instructors and/or preceptors
  • Planning committee members

Additional Information About the IPE Experience, if Necessary

IPE Experience Organizer

  • School of Medicine
  • Rural and Community Engagement -TTUHSC PB

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

Adrian Billings, Margaret Robles, Dijo John, Abby Buterbaugh