Interprofessional Education Workshop to Bring Higher Education and Health Care Professionals Together

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

An interprofessional education workshop will be held at the University of Evansville on Thursday, May 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Faculty members from Indiana University School of Medicine – Evansville, University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College will be in attendance as well as key community health care partners and their employees.

"This type of inclusive educational opportunity will lay the groundwork for the strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships we’ll need as we work together regionally,” said Steven Becker, director and associate dean of the IU School of Medicine - Evansville.

The workshop, “IPE Workshop: Collaborative Practice & Education,” has three main objectives. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role and value of interprofessional education and practice for patients, students, faculty, practitioners and the community.
  • Discuss opportunities to develop or strengthen interprofessional education and practice in southwestern Indiana.
  • Identify ways for regional partners to develop collaborative interprofessional education and practice initiatives to serve patients, the institutions and the community.

“This development opportunity is a great first step in changing the delivery of health care in Evansville,” said Tom Kazee, president of the University of Evansville. “We look forward to strengthening the partnerships and collaborations among institutions, community partners and others in the Evansville community.”

The workshop is full with 110 registered participants and will feature nationally recognized speakers, breakout sessions, and strategic planning initiatives. Speakers are known for their work in interprofessional collaboration and breakout sessions will include topics such as teaching collaborative practice, service learning, multi-institutional collaboration, and assessment and outcomes.

“Good things happen when entities partner and collaborate for the greater good,” said Jonathan Weinzapfel, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College. “I look forward to the opportunities this establishment will bring to Evansville. It’s wonderful that everyone is participating together for the benefit of our community.”

Community partners include: Deaconess Hospital, ECHO Community Health Care, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, the Vanderburgh County Health Department and the Dubois County Health Department.

“Improving interprofessional healthcare in our communities has always been part of the mission of our College of Nursing and Health Professions,” said Linda L. M. Bennett, president of the University of Southern Indiana. “We applaud the ongoing efforts of this group to collaborate in ways that will leave a positive impact on the region.”

This workshop was made possible in collaboration with the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center, which has a mission to improve health by recruiting, educating and retaining health care professionals in underserved communities.

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