The Office of Interprofessional Scholarship Service and Education (OISSE), formed in 2001, is responsible for planning, organising, and implementing educational, service and scholarly porjects related to interprofessional community engagement in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.
OISSE maintains a long-standing partnership with the Omaha and Winnebago Tribes addressing health disparities and providing students from across the health sciences with rural, cross-cultural, interprofessional learning experiences. Through the partnership with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, a five-year clinical contract (2005-2010) was awarded to the School by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service. This provides $182,084 annually to sustain physical and occupational therapy services at the Indian Health Service facility in Winnebago, Nebraska.
Since 2005, OISSE’s community engagement model has expanded to include local opportunities in the Omaha metropolitan area, as well as international initiatives in the Dominican Republic, Ukraine and China. The OISSE infrastructure recognizes Faculty Associates and Affiliates across the health science programs and various community leaders who are interested in interprofessional community engagement. Thirty five Creighton faculty members from physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, medicine, dentistry and the Health Science Library, in partnerships with community members, collaborate on global health promotion and prevention initiatives across the lifespan to meet authentic community needs, provide student learning opportunities, and disseminate initiatives via scholarly presentations and publications, and grant acquisition.
OISSE has a demonstrated history of scholarly collaboration and maintains relationships with strong community partners. In 2009, 20 OISSE faculty associates collaborated across health professions to submit seven (7) grant proposals ($1.2M), with on-goining funded projects ($35,400), publish three (3) text books and 16 chapters or peer-reviewed manuscripts, and deliver over 28 professional presentaionta at professional meetings or to the local community.