2020 George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is now accepting nominations for the 2020 George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award.


The George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award celebrates exemplary interprofessional collaboration in the United States and those who are thinking and acting differently where practice and education connect in health systems.

This award will recognize two Nexus partnerships of health systems, clinics, educational institutions, and/or community organizations for extraordinary contributions to the Nexus: Redesigning both healthcare education and healthcare delivery simultaneously to be better integrated and more interprofessional while demonstrating outcomes.

In 2020, the National Center will recognize two Nexus partnerships demonstrating:

  • local, single system implementation
  • broader multi-system implementation

The simultaneous transformation of the health system and education requires leadership in both large system and local innovation of all types and at all levels. Focused innovative programs can have profound ripple effects in systems, as can visionary large multi-system initiatives. The lessons from both are needed and important. The National Center seeks to identify and recognize partnerships that are moving the needle in interprofessional practice and education within and across organizations.

2020 Thibault Nexus Award Categories
  • Local, single system: Meaningful integration of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in local implementation predominantly in a single setting or local network that leverages strong education and practice partnerships.
  • Multi-System Implementation: Visionary cross-organizational, systems-level partnerships with multiple organizations and groups in partnership with people/patients, families and communities such as statewide or regional IPE collaboratives, health system-community-education organizations partnerships, and national organizations.

Application, Selection Process, and Notification

Applications and supporting materials are submitted online. The Nexus Summit 2020 planning and awards committee will review applications for alignment with the criteria below and the concept of the Nexus. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 12, 2020. Awardees will be notified by Friday, June 26, 2020.

Note: past applicants and honorable mention recipients are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Submit Your Nomination

Application Criteria

Applications (maximum of five pages, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, and 12-point font) must include the following:

  • Purpose statement for the initiative or practice model
  • Brief history (including inception date) of the initiative, practice model, and identification of key stakeholders within the initiative. It is required that the initiative has been operational for at least two years as of June 12, 2020
  • Clear articulation of how the initiative demonstrates leadership and innovation in the integration of collaborative practice and interprofessional education, in academic and practice partnership(s) at the specified award level
  • Description of the initiative or practice model to include:
    • How the initiative or practice model functions
    • How the key elements listed under Criteria are reflected
    • Evidence of impact
  • The initiative must be associated with measureable outcomes. The application must provide evidence of these outcomes.

A representative of the initiative must be able to attend Nexus Summit 2020 and share highlights from the initiative or practice model during the Award Celebration (representative will receive complimentary registration, see Award Benefit).

Award Benefit

Each Thibault Nexus Awardee will receive:

  • $2500 monetary award
  • One complimentary registration to the Nexus Summit 2020
  • One complimentary registration to the Nexus Summit 2021



Past Awardees

2019 Awardee:

  • National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (multi-system implementation)
  • Community Health Center, Inc. (single-system implementation)

2019 Honorable Mentions:

  • Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE) (single-system implementation)
  • SAGE Program at University of North Texas Health Science Center (multi-system implementation)
  • The Navigator Program at Indiana University (single-system implementation)



2018 Awardee: Florida International University

2018 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual Organizations:
    • MGH Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • PITT Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
    • University of Kansas Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research
    • UNITE and IGNITE, The University of Chicago
  • Statewide Organizations:
    • Los Angeles County Department of Health Sciences, Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at LAC+USC Medical Center
    • Arizona Nexus
    • Texas Interprofessional Education Consortium
  • National Organization:
    • Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

2017 Awardee: The University of Washington, University of Washington Medical Center’s Regional Heart Center

2017 Honorable Mentions:

  • Saint Louis University Center for Interpofessional Education and Research
  • Creighton University Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research

2016 Awardee: University of Southern Indiana

2016 Honorable Mentions:

  • Midwest Inteprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center – Grand Valley State University
  • South Dakota Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative
  • University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine and Highland Family Medicine
  • VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education


Barbara Brandt and George E. Thibault

About the George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education honors the contributions of George E. Thibault, MD who served as the President of the Josiah Macy Jr.  Foundation from 2008 - 2018.  During his presidency, the Macy Foundation made extraordinary commitments to interprofessional education, linked with better outcomes. Dr. Thibault and the Macy Foundation have hosted many conferences and reports on graduate medical education, interprofessional education, and team-based practice. The seminal report “Aligning IPE with Clinical Practice Resign” was foundational to the vision of the Nexus at the National Center. Dr. Thibault was also instrumental in the founding of the National Center. We honor his legacy in IPE through the naming of this award.


Questions regarding the Thibault Nexus Award can be directed to Angela Willson at ipceapps@umn.edu.