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An Academic Practice Partnership: A Collaborative Approach for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a Rural Community

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Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN) is collaborative academic-practice partnership aimed at identifying social determinants of health and the relevant associated risk in vulnerable individuals and populations. Partnering with community health care and service agencies, interprofessional teams of health professions students work with referred individuals to attain their personal health goals and improve health outcomes.


Dr. Tamara Rose is a clinical assistant professor and Campus Associate Dean at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Klamath Falls campus. Additionally she is affiliated with the OHSU Campus for Rural Health through her role on the Leadership Committee, and in her collaboration with the rural campus students in the Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN) program. An alumna of the former Oregon Tech undergraduate nursing program, Dr. Rose recently completed her PhD in nursing at Idaho State University where she received the distinction of a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. Her area of research was focused on the adoption of nursing professional values in the baccalaureate nursing student population. Her clinical expertise is in the area of psychiatric mental health nursing with a special focus on chronically mentally ill adults. As a nursing faculty member at OHSU, Dr. Rose is in her twentieth year of teaching on the OHSU Klamath Falls campus.

Kara Pond is an RN working in Case Management (CM) and Utilization Review (UR) for a local CCO, Cascade Health Alliance, and a Medicare advantage company. She is also the primary contact for Medicare members with behavioral health needs. She graduated from Oregon Health and Sciences University, School of Nursing,  in 2013. She has a Bachelor’s in nursing and a minor in psychology. She previously worked at Sky Lakes Medical Center as a staff nurse on the Post-Surgical Unit. Kara is passionate about community partnerships, specifically with nursing students. She is the facilitator and project lead for the I-CAN program at CHA. She recently attended a training about integration of community resources and partnerships to improve the outcomes of members with high behavioral health needs. Her passions outside of work include painting, running, and taking care of her two pet rats.  She is originally from Eugene, Oregon, but is happily living in Klamath Falls, Oregon, at this time.