Kate Balzer, MSW, LMSW
Senior Project Manager
MIchigan Medicine
Kate Balzer, LMSW is a senior project manager in the Office of Patient Experience at Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan Health. She serves as a member of the University of Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education Executive Committee and is involved with several initiatives to engage patients and families in interprofessional education efforts.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Learning Objectives: The learner will... Understand details of a specific model for implementation of a patient advisor-centered framework for student IPE learning and evaluation Evaluate the value-added of authentic patient-advisor engagement in IPE learning for students, academic institutions and patients as well as potential barriers Apply this model of patient engagement in IPE to individual systems and settings and leave the session with a beginning plan of next steps for application of this model in their setting/community   Seminar description Existing literature describing…
Background Previous IPE interventions have been limited to one-time/short-term experiences due to the feasibility of planning and cost-effectiveness. Few reports on introductory experiential learning exist leaving questions on the best format and outcome measures; hence, LIFE was developed. LIFE is a virtual longitudinal experiential approach to prepare early learners outside of the classroom with a foundation of the socioecological model(SEM) and social determinants of health(SDH). Learners collaboratively explored the impact of the patient/family’s interface with the health-system and…