The Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN): achieving client health outcomes by addressing social determinants in the community

Katherine J. Bradley, Peggy Wros, Nicholas Bookman, Launa Rae Mathews, Heather Voss, Tanya L. Ostrogorsky, Kate LaForge

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Four health professions schools at an academic health science university and a partner state university collaborated to develop the Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN), a model of healthcare delivery and interprofessional education that addresses the Triple Aims for vulnerable populations in three underserved neighborhoods. Program goals were achieved through community-based partnerships and the development of a health-care workforce prepared for competent practice in emerging models of care. In the first three years, almost 600 nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy students worked with clients referred from community partners, providing interprofessional care coordination addressing life instability and social determinants of health. The evaluation has demonstrated substantial improvement of health-related outcomes for clients who began in the first three years of the program and specifically those who completed intake and follow-up documentation (N = 38). There were substantial reductions in the aggregate number of emergency department visits, emergency medical service calls, and hospitalizations when compared to the 6 months prior to starting I-CAN. Estimated cost savings for the 38 clients, based on minimal estimated costs for these indicators alone, were over $224,000. A three-year qualitative review of client progress notes indicated that as a result of interprofessional student team interventions, many clients improved access to health insurance and primary care, and stabilized housing. Since the evaluation was completed, three programs have been added in rural and urban communities, demonstrating the model is scalable and replicable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Interprofessional student teams
  • care coordination
  • mixed methods
  • population health
  • underserved populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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