Previously the Centre for Interprofessional Education, established in 2009, CACHE is an Extra-Departmental Unit (EDU-C), established as a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto (UofT) and the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) with the University Health Network (UHN) as lead hospital.
Since its inauguration, CACHE has designed and delivered high-quality education activities across health education and health and social care systems. CACHE is a global leader and innovator in IPE across the continuum of learning. Learners range from over 4,200 pre-entry-to-practice students annually in academic programs, to clinicians, educators, and leaders in workplace environments, including over 3,800 alumni from our professional/faculty development programs. In more recent years, CACHE has fortified its research and innovation infrastructure, and is now poised to synergistically lead the way in advancing collaborative healthcare and education for a healthier world.
Our Centre’s community holds a key to addressing some of healthcare’s most pressing concerns. The pandemic has highlighted the impact of health human resource shortages, the role of adaptive and team models of care, and the importance of collaborative relationships within the very fabric of society. Building and maintaining trusting relationships and continually improving our collaborative abilities is more important now than ever.
CACHE and its broader community, including IHPME, value both science and experience on how to listen deeply and engage in dialogue, prioritizing compassion, relationships, and respect. In a time when truth and reconciliation, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility have, at long last, become more formal and prominent foci for organizations, collaborative and interprofessional approaches have a dual role. We have a role to learn and grow in our own practices and we have a role to connect to the interprofessional education field’s longstanding strengths in striving for respectful relationships across positions of power, and across institutional and societal hierarchies. We will continue to lead toward collaborative change and inclusive health policies, systems, technologies, education philosophies, and practices.
CACHE has ongoing opportunities for students, ranging from research to knowledge mobilization. Please contact us for more information.