Centers for Innovation for Improving Health (CIIH)
Centers for Innovation for Improving Health (CIIH) are a new concept, under development, for virtual or physical centers managed by academic institutions to focus on educational activities that develop a workforce with the skills to improve the public's health. With health as the overall goal, CIIHs will foster interprofessional collaboration and interaction with the multiple disciplines needed to have an impact on health. CIIHs will also engage in partnerships with local public health agencies and other community-based organizations, and move students out of the classroom into the community. By providing real life experience for students and facilitating interprofessional teams, the CIIHs will assist communities in addressing their pressing health issues.
Currently, the academic partner associations are canvassing their constituencies to learn about similar existing efforts that will inform the CIIH development process. Check back for more information on CIIHs.