This competitive six-month GPLI has been designed to prepare interprofessional healthcare teams to drive improvements in clinical care for older adults in their organization The Team-based GPLI helps participants understand and put into practice an evidence-based delivery model that will address the needs of older adults by a coordinated effort of interprofessional health care providers. This interprofessional team approach is enriched by incorporating the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms Framework.
The Age-Friendly Health Systems, is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The Age-Friendly initiative focuses on implementing the 4Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility) of care for older adults. Each team will develop a project that will emphasize the impact of improvement in one or more of the 4Ms by enhancement health system processes in their organization. This project will prepare your organization to be recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System. The project should align with the strategic direction of the organization.
The Team-based GPLI consist of five modules and the quality improvement project. The five modules are:
- The Iceberg of Culture & Organizational Change
- Teams, Teamwork, & Leadership
- Required reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
- Required team assessment tool, e.g., Team Trust Assessment by Cooper
- Age-Friendly Health Systems
- Quality Improvement & Age Friendly Care
- Putting the Age-Friendly Model into Practice
In addition, three required one-hour Zoom class meetings will be held.
Teams will develop and begin the implementation of a quality improvement (QI) project, focusing on at least one of the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms – What Matters, Medications, Mentation, Mobility. A final project presentation will occur at graduation. The QI project should align with and support the strategic direction of the organization and have full backing of senior leadership.
Each Team will have access to coaches who will offering team and clinical support and guidance throughout the modules, project development and implementation process.
The Team-based GPLI recognizes the busy schedules of each individual and designed the curriculum to make it as time efficient as possible. Each team member is required to participate in and complete at least 80% of the self-paced online modules. The time commitment for the six months of the GPLI ranges from approximately one (1) to two (2) hours per week. This time includes team meetings. The actual time will vary depending on the phase of the course and project as well as the existing knowledge and skills the team members have about quality improvement, team building and commitment.
The Team-based GPLI is flexible, 100% online, and self-paced. Continuing Educations Credits and UNTHSC Micro-Credential Certificate are offered. Because the GPLI is funded through a grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) there is no cost to you.