September 21, 2021 – Blossom Hill, Inc. is proud to team up with Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education and Research on a nine-month partnership with students in the Interdisciplinary Education (IPE) Program. As part of the Program, students work with local healthcare agencies to research, develop, and plan a project for the organization that spans multiple healthcare disciplines and calls for collaboration and teamwork. The goal of the IPE Program is to foster teamwork and collaboration across healthcare disciplines to help prepare students with real-life examples. By offering coursework on teamwork skills, network-building, and interprofessional events and providing team consultation and coaching services, the IPE Program hopes to close the gap of formal education of interdisciplinary teamwork.
The IPE Program kicked off earlier this month and the group will meet with two Blossom Hill “champions” this week to discuss the details of the project. The six student “champions” will work on a plan to determine the best way to utilize the proposed Greenhouse and Activity Center for Blossom Hill’s 36 individuals in residential care. In June, Blossom Hill received a $160,000 grant from Good Shepherd Foundation for the second phase of the project to build the Greenhouse and Activity Center on their back property on Abbey Rd. in North Royalton. Initially, the students will focus on researching like-minded organizations and similar Greenhouse & Activity Center programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Final recommendations will be delivered by the students to Blossom Hill in May, 2022.
About Blossom Hill, Inc.
Founded in 1968, Blossom Hill is a nonprofit organization that that owns and operates family-style group homes for adults with profound intellectual and physical disabilities living in the Greater Cleveland Area. Our homes provide a loving environment and personalized 24-hour care for our individuals, short-term respite care for families that need temporary care for their love ones, and supported living care options. For more information, visit our website at blossom-hill.org.