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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 School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, is currently in its second year at Dole Middle School. The interprofessional collaborative (IPC) practice pilot was successfully launched in August 2017. During the first year, the HIPEC Alliance team provided services for more than 250 students at Dole Middle School including behavioral health and clinical pharmacy consultations, in addition to urgent and primary care services.

The first year of the pilot program culminated in a site visit by the National Center for Accelerating Interprofessional Practice and Education and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funders, as well as representatives from the Hawaii State Center for Nursing’s Action Coalition, Hawaii State Department of Education, Hawaii Keiki, Hawaii Pacific Health, UH Foundation, UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, UH Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. At the end of the two-day site visit, HIPEC Alliance was recognized for having truly accelerated the IPC practice model into community-based primary care in Hawaii. The team was also informed that the HIPEC Alliance project 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. Additionally, the success of the pilot program at Dole Middle School has resulted in the expansion to other Hawaii Keiki Program school based health centers, and 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.

August 2018 marked the start of the second year for the HIPEC Alliance practice at Dole Middle School and the expansion of the practice team to include dental hygiene students and faculty. Dental hygienist and dental hygiene students are adding a critical aspect of primary health care by providing routine oral health screenings, dental education, and referrals to dental homes for comprehensive preventative and restorative care. Additionally, UHM Nursing undergraduate community health nursing students have been integrated in the IPC practice model. Nursing students will follow-up with medical referrals that have been made by the Dole Middle School HIPEC Alliance team but were not completed. Students will provide information to the HIPEC Alliance clinicians about any barriers that families encountered with accessing services that they were referred to so that additional strategies can be implemented to facilitate DMS students and their families receive the services that they need.

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 the first year of this pilot 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.

Director and Core Faculty

Maureen Shannon, PhD, CNM, FNP
Principal Investigator/Project Director
UH Manoa Nursing, Professor

Melissa Owens, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C, NCSN
HIPEC Core Faculty
Hawaii Keiki, Nurse Practitioner at Dole Middle School

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

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

Natasha Fong, RDH
HIPEC Core Faculty
UH Manoa Dental Hygiene, Lecturer


This project received funding 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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