2019 USPHS IPEC Award Winner and Finalists Recognized for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice with Underserved Populations

One national winner and four honorable mentions receive
recognition for excellence in interprofessional education

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/IPE?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#IPElt;/agt;–The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional
Education Collaborative (IPEC) are pleased to announce Massachusetts
General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions as the winner of
the 2019 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education
Collaboration Award. USPHS and IPEC commend MGH and schools across the
country working to promote, encourage, and support interprofessional
education and collaborative practice to ensure the health of individuals
and populations. The IPE in Excellence Award acknowledges
interprofessional education learning activities and experiences designed
to enhance interprofessional team practice and improve healthcare

“MGH’s profoundly positive and effective approach exemplifies how an
innovative collaboration can scale up to promote community health,”
notes Pamela M. Schweitzer, PharmD, BCACP, Rear Admiral (ret), U.S.
Public Health Service. “These programs have changed lives and these
changes will lead to improved efficiency and quality of care, with
long-range outcomes addressing the social determinants of health and
advancing health equity.”

In its third year, USPHS and IPEC received several inspiring
applications from institutions around the country and applaud MGH’s
mission focused on bridge-to-care services to vulnerable populations.
The MGH team will be recognized at the IPEC Meeting on June 13-14, 2019
at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center
in Washington, DC.

In addition to an overall awardee, USPHS and IPEC also recognize four
honorable mention winners. A complete list of the 2019 winners follows:

2019 USPHS IPEC Award: Overall Winner
Massachusetts General
Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
Care Collaborative: An Interprofessional Academic-Practice Partnership

A. Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, MGH Institute of Health Professions School of
Marya J. Cohen, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

2019 USPHS IPEC Honorable Mention: Health Communications and Health

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and
Science, North Chicago, IL
Improving Access to Pre-Exposure
Prophylaxis Through Student-Led, Interprofessional Collaboration

R. Bunting, MD & MHA Candidate, Rosalind Franklin University Chicago
Medical School
Javier Navarrete, PharmD Candidate, Rosalind
Franklin University College of Pharmacy
Adam Koss, MPAS Candidate,
Rosalind Franklin University College of Health Professions

2019 USPHS IPEC Honorable Mention: Public Health Infrastructure
at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo’s Lighthouse
Clinic: An Interprofessional Initiative to Address Prominent Health
Disparities in Western New York

Jessica S. Kruger, PhD,
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions
Sage, MSW, University at Buffalo School of Social Work
Pelfrey Duryea, JD, LLM, University at Buffalo School of Law

2019 USPHS IPEC Honorable Mention: Community Empowerment and Education
Louis University, St. Louis, MO
IPE 4900 Interprofessional
Community Practicum

David Pole, PhD, MPH, St. Louis University
Center for Interprofessional Education & Research
Terri Murray,
PhD, APHC-BC, RN, FAAN, St. Louis University School of Nursing
Wilson, EdD, RD, LDN, St. Louis University Doisy College of Health

2019 USPHS IPEC Honorable Mention: At Risk and Vulnerable Communities
State University, Detroit, MI
Community Homeless
Interprofessional Program (CHIP): Navigation and Functioning in Student

Justine S. Gortney, PharmD, BCPS, Wayne State University
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Schiller, PT, DPT, MSA, C/NDT, Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Jennifer Mendez, PhD, Wayne
State University School of Medicine

Project submissions were assessed for their lasting impact on community
health. In addition, applicants were required to demonstrate a
relationship between interprofessional collaborative care, health
professions education, and health outcomes.

“The Crimson Care Collaborative and other honoree projects demonstrate
true interprofessional collaborative practice to support public health
outcomes. In turn, their steadfast and successful efforts benefit
students, patients, and communities,” said Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh,
IPEC President and Executive Vice President and CEO of the American
Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. “It’s great to see how MGH has
evolved its six-year project, after having received an honorable mention
in 2017. Their continuous hard work and innovation offers a great
interprofessional model of learning and practice.”

The 2020 application cycle will open in October 2019. For more details
about the award winners and the submission process, visit IPEC’s website.

About the Interprofessional Education Collaborative

IPEC’s mission is to ensure that new and current health professionals
are proficient in the competencies essential for patient-centered,
community- and population-oriented, interprofessional, collaborative
practice. Eligible institutional members must be associations that
represent and serve academic units at institutions of higher education
that provide an educational program leading to the award of one or more
academic degrees to students in one or more of the health professions
that provide direct care to patients. For more information about IPEC,
visit www.ipecollaborative.org.


Shelley McKearney
463-6930 ext. 269

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