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Hawaii Interprofessional Education and Collaborative (HIPEC) Alliance Program

The Hawaii Interprofessional Education and Collaborative (HIPEC) Alliance program, housed at the UH Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing, is currently providing services at Dole Middle School. The interprofessional collaborative (IPC) practice pilot was successfully launched in August 2017. The HIPEC Alliance team provides various health services for  students at Dole Middle School including behavioral health, clinical pharmacy consultations, oral health, in addition to urgent and primary care services.

The HIPEC Alliance project’s overarching goal is to provide interprofessional care to children with complex health issues in school-based health centers in an effort to allow students to remain in school and engaged in learning. The success of this program has been demonstrated by the increase in the number of children returning to class after being evaluated by the HIPEC Alliance IPC practice team.

In 2018 the HIPEC team was chosen by the National Center for Accelerating Interprofessional Practice and Education as one of six exemplary projects in the country that would be highlighted by the National Center. The program’s success at Dole Middle School has sparked the interest of a number of health care stakeholders in the State about how to implement similar approaches to providing care in a variety of out-patient clinical settings.

Core Faculty

Dr. Melissa Owens, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C, NCSN
Hawaii Keiki, Director of Clinical Operations/Nurse Practitioner at Dole Middle School

Chad Kamakami, PharmD
UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, Assistant Professor

Reid Hamamoto, MD
UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Natasha Fong, RDH
UH Manoa Dental Hygiene, Lecturer


This project received funding in 2017-2018 from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, which is supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration Cooperative Agreement Award No. UE5HP25067. The National Center is also funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Matching funds were provided by the Hawaii State Center for Nursing’s Hawaii Action Coalition.

Case Study

Providing Health Care in a School Setting: University of Hawaii’s Nexus Team
A Case Study for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-based Education and Practice Program (February 2019)

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