St. Luke’s is proud of its range of partnerships with regional schools, service organizations and the University of Arizona (UA). These partnerships serve as building blocks for new models of education and practice in geriatric health and wellness. Moreover, St. Luke’s partnership with the UA sets St. Luke’s apart as the only academic Eden Model assisted-living community in the United States. This innovative model, which integrates research and care has been presented at national and global conferences.
The Geriatric Inter-Professional Education and Practice Program (I-PEP) was created in partnership with the Arizona Health Science Center and the Arizona Center on Aging. The program features monthly clinics and educational presentations at St. Luke’s offered by faculty from UA’s nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical colleges.
The program provides great mutual benefit for students and St. Luke’s Elders by building, one conversation at a time, enduring connections between students and Elders. Students learn about Elders not by reading about them but through knowing them. Elders benefit through shared education, friendships and care.
The University of Arizona’s Med-Start Summer Program is a summer academic enrichment program is for 11th grade high school students who are interested in a career in health or medicine. The immersive program, run through the College of Medicine and sponsored by the UA Office of Diversity, is a residential program that houses all student participants in a UA residence hall. It provides the students with first-hand experience with possible careers in health care.
College of Fine Arts — Another UA partnership with the College of Fine Arts resulted in an Elder Art exhibit at the UA Museum of Art which spotlighted works created by St. Luke Elders.