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February 5, 2009

All About CLARION

CLARION MISSION

CLARION empowers healthcare professional students to work together to build a better healthcare system. We strive to improve patient safety and the quality of care through the promotion and development of interprofessional leadership, teamwork, and communication.

CLARION PILLARS

â—?LEADERSHIP
â—? INTERPROFESSIONAL TEAMWORK
â—? COMMUNICATION PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY
â—? PATIENT-CENTERED CARE

WHAT IS CLARION?

CLARION is a call to action—a clear and compelling directive to take action for a cause. Our cause is to provide patients with safe and high quality healthcare.

According to the Institute of Medicine Report (2000), over 98,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors. Miscommunication and lack of communication among caregivers are citied as the primary causes of the problem.

CLARION is a student-initiative to provide healthcare professional students with an understanding of the current problems and challenges in healthcare. Working with leaders in the field, such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), we aim to break down the isolated disciplinary silos in which students are trained so that change for a better healthcare system can occur.

Recently, the Institute of Medicine points to academic curriculum as a critical contributor to current and future healthcare. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, CLARION participants will study the IOM’s Six Aims for the healthcare system of the 21st century as outlined in the report “Crossing the Quality Chasm.�