"Every creature has a habitat in which it thrives, and one in which it withers"


Dr. William Thomas, Founder, Eden Alternatives

Institute for Person-Centered Care

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 include:

  • 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 

"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


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.

 


Behavioral health

1 in 5

Americans has a mental health condition

According to NAMI, the economic costs alone of untreated mental illness, trauma-related alcohol and drug abuse have been estimated at $161 billion. The human costs? Incalculable.

Read: People with mental illness end up in ERs

Healthcare

1 in 20

People don't have access to healthcare.

The primary mechanism to deliver healthcare is through a doctor visit or trip to the ER. Person-centered care seeks to turn this upside down. What are the structural barriers to healthcare, and how can we advocate for policies to reduce these barriers?

Watch this video to learn more

Criminal Justice

1.9 million

people arrested have serious mental illness

People with mental illness get arrested at a higher frequency and for nonviolent low-level offenses. They tend to stay in jail longer, are more likely to be isolated, and often get stuck in the criminal justice system.

Read: What works at the interface of mental health and criminal justice

Listen to IPCC Podcasts


Enjoy listening to podcasts about the Institute for Person-Centered Care, with support from a Scott Community Regional Authority Grant

Ways to Listen

Watch this brief video from the World Health Organization
What is Person-Centered Care?

Globally, 1 in 20 people still lacks access to essential health services that could be delivered at a local clinic instead of a hospital. And where services are accessible, they are often fragmented and of poor quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting countries to progress towards universal health coverage by designing health systems around the needs of people instead of diseases and health institutions, so that everyone gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

About the IPCC

Our Mission

The Institute for Person-Centered Care allows St. Ambrose University to be an incubator for person-centered care thought, leadership, practice, and research.

We are dedicated to strengthening the region's workforce by educating and training those on why it is important to practice the person-centered care approach.

The Institute is well-placed at St. Ambrose University because it reinforces the University's commitment to social justice, health equity, and action/service.

What is Person-Centered Care?

Person-centered care places individuals and their families at the center of making them equal partners with providers.

Elements of person-centered care include collaborative decision-making among an inter-professional, multi-disciplinary team of professionals, the person and caregivers. These decisions will be driven by the person's values and preferences.

How will the IPCC Contribute to the Community?

Reinforcing that individuals are at the center of care, we will work with regional and national leaders to emphasize the following:

  • 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 access 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.
What are the steps to implement person-centered care principles?
  • Work collaboratively to develop an individualized care plan based on the person's preferences and goals.
  • Utilize inter-professional collaboration, placing the person's needs and goals at the center.
  • Utilize one primary point of contact for an individual's care.
  • Provide regular communication to the individual and his/her caregivers.
What are the elements of person-centered care?
  • Collaborative decision-making
  • Inter-professional and multidisciplinary care
  • Dynamic and relational
  • Driven by an individual's values and preferences

Continuing Education & More

New Offerings

The Institute is now offering a number of new opportunities to continue your education and engage in person-centered care locally, nationally and globally!

  • Listen to our new IPCC Podcast Series: Now available on Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast and Soundcloud
  • Check out our new Person-Centered Care Toolkit
  • Asynchronous Online Continuing Education Course open through December 31st: Ethics of Person-Centered Care 
  • Lifestyle Medicine Microcredential now offered

Person-Centered Care Toolkit

Person-Centered Care Toolkit available for sale now!

Person-Centered Care Toolkit: Integrating Best Practices Across Health and Human Services

Available for purchase here

The person-centered care toolkit is a guide to assist health and social service educators, practitioners, administrators, payer sources, people, and caregivers in using person-centered care tools in both training and practice. The toolkit is made up of modules that highlight person-centered care principles, tools, and practices as they relate to each specific healthcare profession. The toolkit can also be used to build infrastructure in both the department and organization.

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician and Physician Assistant
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Trauma Informed Care

And more!

Lifestyle Medicine Microcredential

Lifestyle Medicine Microcredential now available! 

The Lifestyle Medicine Microcredential, offered through the SAU Institute for Person-Centered Care, prepares rehabilitation professionals to implement health and wellness programming into their practice.

Lifestyle Medicine promotes the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of chronic disease.

Register for this microcredential or learn more

Join Us Online

Join the conversation! We welcome everyone, whether you are a person under care, a caregiver, professional, administrator, elected official, or legislative advocate. We are committed to business and advocacy organizations who serve people and are passionate about transforming individual, organizations, and systems of care to be person-centered, efficient, and effective.