Kristy Johnston, MSW
Program Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER)
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kristy Johnston is Program Director of the KUMC Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research. She has 25 years of expertise in building and growing educational programs from the ground up. As the leader of KUMC’s interprofessional center, she has brought together diverse teams of professionals from multiple campuses to build a nationally recognized program. She has led the planning of grassroot interprofessional programs and an overarching infrastructure to support growing efforts in didactic, experiential, and practice programming. She believes that strong teamwork, communication, and collaboration skills are the key to changing the quality of healthcare for individuals and communities.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Introduction: Assessing the impact of interprofessional education (IPE) on health systems is needed. Objective: To assess the impact of IPE at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) on workforce recruitment, collaborative practice, and culture through a mixed-methods analysis of responses from graduating students, new alumni, residency program directors (RPDs), and employers.Methods: Voluntary participants included graduating health professions students, alumni, RPDs, and employers of KUMC graduates. Data were collected through surveys and focus groups that were administered yearly…
Interprofessional education is a mutually beneficial dynamic, benefiting both the learner and the individual facilitating the learning opportunity. Facilitating an interprofessional (IP) program allows the facilitator the opportunity to reflect on how they can improve teaching team-based delivery of care, model their teaching to their practice, improve communication, and discover avenues for personal growth. In 2014 the University of Kansas Medical Center began a required three-level Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration (FIPC) program incorporating TeamSTEPPS® concepts for all…
Objectives: By the end of today's seminar, the learner will be able to: Construct a virtual IPE event using the same learning objectives as a face to face event Describe how to prepare facilitators with training to use zoom and interactive online skills Compare and contrast the assessment of the event in the virtual and face to face formats   While the pandemic taught us many things, it provided a need to deliver interprofessional education content in a virtual platform. For our Foundations of interprofessional collaboration program (FIPC), it required the pivot of 3 large scale…
Basic scientists conducting biomedical research are generally not provided the skills or experiences needed to engage in meaningful patient engagement and effective community collaboration. The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s (KUCC) Community Outreach and Engagement program developed an innovative strengths-based training model, Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together (PIVOT) Across the Translational Research Continuum, pairing basic scientists with research-trained cancer survivors/co-survivors to bring the voices and experiences of patients and families into the research…