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A Step Toward Person-Centered Care
Video from the Conference

The Institute for Person-Centered Care hosted its first conference in 2018 to advance this important new model for health care delivery.


2019 News

December 2019 – The 2020 IPCC Conference was announced! It is in Fall 2020 with a focus on social determinants of health. Visit the conference website to learn more and sign up for emails

Oct. 29, 2019 – St. Ambrose University and the Institute for Person-Centered Care were introduced as a partner to PlaneTree and four other higher education organizations in leading the journey of PlaneTree Certification for excellence in person-centeredness.

May 2019 – The IPCC signed a letter of intent with PlaneTree to pursue certification.

New Book from Dr. BJ Miller – BJ Miller, MD, the keynote speaker from our 2018 conference, has co-written a book, A Beginner's Guide to the End (Simon & Schuster).

From Simon and Schuster: "There is nothing wrong with you for dying," palliative care doctor B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner's Guide to the End. "Our ultimate purpose here isn't so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do."


2018 Conference Archive

Keynote Presentations Day 1

May 31, 2018

Keynote, available here

Delivered by BJ Miller, MD, Physician, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Posters, available here

Presentations, available here

Panel: Caregiver & Family Empowerment

  • Addressing Caregiver Outcomes with Family Guided Routines Based Intervention - Julie Jones, SAU Occupational Therapy
  • Caring for America's Aging, Chronically Ill Population: The Case for House Call Medicine - Thomas Cornwell and Tracy Hulett, Home Centered Care Institute
  • Caregiver Experiences and Perceptions of Enrolling a Spouse with Dementia in an Adult Day Center: Process and Effects - Brenda Hughes, SAU Occupational Therapy
  • Shared Medical Visits - Jacque Oelerich, Genesis Health System ACO

Panel: Practicing Inter-Professional and Trauma-Informed Care to Inform Person-Centered Care

  • Planting "SEEDS" for Healthy Living: A Pilot Evaluation of an Interprofessional, Person-centered, Wellness Program - Erin Phillips, Michaela Krumholz, Claire Criscone, Irina Postaychuk, and Joseph McCaughey, SAU Occupational Therapy
  • Creating Person-centered and Trauma-sensitive Organizational Cultures and Collaborations with Community Partners - Anne McNelis, Transitions 
  • Moving a Community to a Trauma-Informed Person Centered Response - Mark Mathews, QC Child Abuse Council
  • Creating work-life balance: Person-centered care in a productivity driven system and mindful-centered self-care in a chaos driven world! - Erin Phillips, SAU Occupational Therapy, David Krupke, SAU Speech-Language Pathology, and Cheryl True, Lifestyle Medicine

Lunch & Presentation, available here 

Jon Turnquist, MOL, Director of Jim's Place, Assistive Technology (AT) lab, St. Ambrose University

Panel: Person First

  • Utilization of IPOST with Pediatric Patients and Their Families - Sheila Frascht, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
  • Aging Innovatively: A Community-Based Healthy Aging Program - Anne Lansing, SAU Occupational Therapy
  • When They BELIEVE You Care Deeply, Change is Possible - Stephanie Doubet, Scott County Juvenile Detention Center 
  • Building Meaningful Systems of Care: Creating a Self-healing Service Delivery Experience - Anne McNelis, Transitions

Experiential Session: Self-Care

  • Providing a framework for understanding self-care as a priority for the provision of PCC and professional codes of ethics as they relate to practitioner self-care; discussing challenges inherent in health and human service settings; and identifying personal obstacles that help recognize the need for a lifestyle incorporating self-care will all be examined. Pamela Long, ACSW, LISW, LCSW, SAU Social Work

Panel: Health Equity

  • The LGBTQ Patient Study: Lessons of Care - DeAnn Wegwert and Joseph Wegwert 
  • Underserved and Overlooked: An Examination of and Call for LGBTQ Competency in Medicine - Anne Marie Matelski and Kerry Humes, SAU Physician Assistant
  • Implicit Bias in Professional Decision-Making - Chris Martin, SAU Social Work 
  • Person-centered Practice "In Action" - Michael Terry, QC Child Abuse Council 

Experiential Session: Motivational Interviewing

  • A "how-to" experiential course of MI strategies, including role plays and practice opportunities with take-home resources. Cheryl True, MD, True Lifestyle Medicine; Mike Puthoff, PT, PhD, SAU Physical Therapy; Erin Phillips, OTR/L, OTD, SAU Occupational Therapy; David Krupke, MLSP, SAU Speech-Language Pathology

Keynote Address, no slides

Jon Broyles, Executive Director, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC)

Keynote Presentations Day 2

June 1, 2018

Keynote, available here
Delivered  by Denese Neu, MS, PhD, Engagement Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Posters, available here

Presentations, available here

Panel: Health and Community Systems

  • Keeping Promises: Strategies to Honor Person-Centered Decisions - Stephanie Anderson, Respecting Choices/C-TAC Innovations
  • Grassroots Activism and Empowerment in Macro Social Work Practice - Chelsea Haley, Coalition for Social Justice 
  • A People-Centered Workplace - Mark Mathews, QC Child Abuse Council 
  • Lifestyle Medicine: Thinking Outside the Clinic - Cheryl True, True Lifestyle Medicine
  • Employing Design Thinking and Stakeholder Networks to Create True Patient-Centered Care - James Michael Simmons Jr., Butler University, Babson College, The Crossroads Center for Social Impact

Experiential Session: Strategies for Teaching and Modeling Person-Centered Care in Health and Human Services

  • Health and human services educators and clinicians will discuss strategies for teaching and modeling person-centered care in education programs and continuing education.
    • Sandra Cassady, PT, PhD
    • Tracy Poelvoorde, PhD, RN, Chancellor, Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences Unity Point Health
    • Lynn Kilburg, DHS, OTR/L, Director and Professor, SAU Occupational Therapy 
    • Gary Weinstein, LCSW CEO, Transitions Mental Health Services 
    • Steven W. Kalber, MSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing St. Ambrose University

Keynote & Lunch, available here
Bruce Allen Chernoff, MD, FACP, President & CEO, The SCAN Foundation


A Former Newsboy Spends A Lifetime Delivering, December 2017

A Former Newsboy Spends A Lifetime Delivering, December 2017
In countless professional and philanthropic roles, Tom Higgins has been energized by a newsboy's curious nature and driven by a devotion to social justice honed at St. Ambrose.

Putting the Person at the Center of Health Care, December 2017

Putting the Person at the Center of Health Care, December 2017
Tom Higgins '67 He believes the new complementary initiatives in St. Ambrose University's health and human services plus the MPH program will help his alma mater further build on those existing assets and position the University as a "thought leader" in a global effort to transform health care.

Gift Boosts Health Sciences Impact, October 2017

Gift Boosts Health Sciences Impact, October 2017
A $1 million gift will help create the Institute for Person-Centered Care at St. Ambrose University. The gift will also help launch a Master of Public Health degree program.

A New Approach to Healthcare Delivery, October 2017

A New Approach to Healthcare Delivery, October 2017
Within a decade, nine million Americans will be over the age of 85 and experience declining health and disabilities associated with older age, an article published by Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) reveals.


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