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Institute for Person-Centered Care

Reinforcing that individuals are at the center of care

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About the IPCC

Right Care. Right Time. Right Place.

The Institute for Person Centered-Care seeks to transform systems of care and delivery of service to one that cultivates a habitat in which we all can thrive!

St. Ambrose University's Institute for Person-Centered Care (IPCC) is leading the conversation on transforming people, organizations and systems approach to the delivery of care. Person-Centered Care (PCC) is a multi-discipline approach to care that is: co-designed, relationship-based, health-focused, accessible, and integrated.

Principles of PCC:

  • Multi-discipline/inter-professional rather
    than specialty focused
  • Driven by individual values/preferences with
    collaborative decision making at its core
  • Accessible
  • Health-focused
  • Integrated
  • Dynamic/relational

Workforce Development. Continuing Education. Evidence-Based Solutions.

Person-centered care places individuals and their families at the center of their care, as equal partners with providers. People are treated as experts, working with professionals to guide all aspects of their care to reach their life goals and achieve the best outcomes.

Workforce Development

To educate and strengthen an interdisciplinary workforce that is fluent in a person-centered care philosophy and practice.

Continuing Education

To promote opportunities for professional development on person-centered care, infusing practical application of person-centered care across systems and disciplines, while piloting metrics to help individuals, organizations and systems assess outcomes.

Building the Evidence Base

Working with local, regional, national and international stakeholders, the Institute for Person-Centered Care will develop, pilot, and evaluate innovative models and practices that add to the developing person-centered care evidence base.

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Our Team

IPCC Leadership

Thomas J. Higgins

Board Member

Ann Garton

IPCC Director

Melissa Sharer

MPH Director

Changing the delivery of care with a person-centered focus will require a long-term shift in our practice and indeed, our thinking.

Tom Higgins '67