Annual Reports

The CIPE’s 2022-2023 Annual Report (PDF) is out now! Check out what The Center has been up to and read our Director’s take on the year.

Check out our Spring 2024 Newsletter for more information about our updates below.

Client/Patient Incorporates Interprofessional Student Care Plan Recommendations

Christina Sterman, who shared her diabetes diagnosis with CIPE Phase I learners this past fall, describes how she is incorporating their care plan suggestions. Christina was one of four community health workers who shared both their personal health stories and their professional roles on health care teams during CIPE’s Phase I curriculum.

Community Partner Spotlight: Rejuvenating Comprehensive Services (RCS)

In November, Kate Gershwin (CIPE MPH Intern), along with Jovan Romero (student nurse), and Lauren Froehlich (student physical therapist) facilitated an educational session on cholesterol management for our community partner, Rejuvenating Comprehensive Services. The session included a presentation on cholesterol-friendly nutrition, a Q&A session, and a cooking demonstration.

MIE interview with Beth Crowner

Beth Crowner, an incoming Master Interprofessional Educator and Professor of Physical Therapy and Neurology at Washington University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, shares her insights into the power of collaborative interprofessional teams and why she pursued the certificate.

Curriculum Update for January 2024 Newsletter

The CIPE Curriculum is moving from a three-phase longitudinal model to a Menu of Activities, allowing each health profession program in the collaboration to better create a longitudinal interprofessional pathway for their students. This restructure will address many of the barriers that have prevented full execution of the original model in the past eight years.


Updates to Physical Therapist & Nursing Scope of Practice in Missouri

The Missouri chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association had been working many years to get legislation passed to allow Missourians to have more Direct Access to physical therapy services. Finally, in April of this year, a bill passed that allows physical therapists to evaluate and treat clients without a referral or prescription from another healthcare provider. Historically, patients in Missouri had to first be seen by an MD, DO, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, chiropractor, dentist or podiatrist and get a referral in order to be seen by a physical therapist. The new legislation streamlines the process for individuals seeking physical therapy care and will increase patient access to physical therapy services. With improved direct access to physical therapy services, a patient will be saving both time and money to get the services they need. There will be decreased time waiting to see your provider and fewer insurance out-of-pocket copays. This may be a two to four-week improvement in getting access to a physical therapist. The legislation will go into effect the end of August of this year and does require physical therapists to consult with an approved healthcare provider after every 10 visits or 30 days, whichever occurs first, before continuing therapy. Missouri was one of three states that did not allow patients to be seen without a referral from an approved healthcare provider. Physical therapists across Missouri are celebrating and see this as a win-win situation for all!

Four bills containing identical APRN provisions were signed into law by Governor Parson and will take effect on August 28, 2023. Among the APRN provisions are:

  • APRN licensure under the Board of Nursing
  • Collaborative practice agreements may delegate nurse practitioners and physician assistants the authority to administer, dispense, or prescribe Schedule II controlled substances for hospice patients 
  • Exemption to the 30-day preceptorship when the APRN is moving to a new collaborating physician and the APRN is familiar with the patient population  
  • APRN and their collaborating physician may utilize telehealth to maintain proximity