Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative

Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative

December 17, 2009 12:00 ET

CIHC Shifts Focus to Practice Community

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - Engaging health providers in important discussions around improving interprofessional collaboration in the practice setting will be the new direction of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, Dr. John Gilbert announced today.

Collaborative practice occurs when healthcare providers work with people from within their own profession, with people outside of their profession and with patients/clients and their families to provide the best patient-care possible. The goal of the CIHC is to make collaborative practice the norm within the healthcare system.

"Since its inception, CIHC has worked closely with the academic community to move interprofessional education and collaborative practice forward in Canada," said Dr. John Gilbert, CIHC Lead. "We are so grateful that we can continue to work with our academic partners, while at the same time, reach out to the health providers who are the ones who will ultimately make it possible for collaborative practice to become a regular way of working within the Canadian healthcare system."

This new direction, examining how interprofessional concepts are implemented in practice, is referred to as CIHC Mainstream. To support Mainstream, the CIHC has launched a number of new social media tools to enhance the experience of anyone interested in engaging in discussion and learning more about how interprofessional education and collaborative practice work. Recognizing that social media has become one of the most effective methods of communicating to colleagues, members, partners and the public, CIHC has hired Sean Cranbury, Social Media Consultant, to share his expertise and vision in building a blog as well as a presence on Facebook, Twitter and other key sites.

"All of us are concerned about our own healthcare and the well-being of the Canadian healthcare system," said Cranbury. "I want to invite all Canadians to join us on one of these sites and share your ideas on how interprofessional collaboration can be used to improve staff and patient outcomes."

Anyone interested in learning more about social media can contact Cranbury directly at or visit:

-- Facebook - search for Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative or click on the following link:

-- Twitter - @ cihc_ca or click on the following link:

-- CIHC Blog -

The CIHC is pleased to announce that the open access Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education (JRIPE) launched its inaugural issue in early December 2009. The journal disseminates theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and evidence-based knowledge to inform interprofessional practice, education, and research to improve health care delivery, quality of care, and health status for individuals, families, and communities. To read the inaugural issue, visit

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