IPEC News & Announcements

Registration Now Open for Inaugural IPEC Webinar on March 9th
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is proud to announce the inaugural event in our IPEC Webinar Series aimed at highlighting trends and activities in interprofessional education for collaborative practice.

Join us on March 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to hear our first panelists of the series, Dr. Madeline H. Schmitt and Ms. Ruth Gaare Bernheim, share their perspectives and insights on the development and expansion of the IPEC core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice.

For more information and to register, click here.



Press Release

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2017

Inaugural Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration  Award
USPHS and IPEC announce call for nominations to interprofessional health teams 


In its inaugural year, the esteemed U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award is a joint effort between the USPHS and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) to recognize interprofessional health education teams that have significantly impacted the community through multidisciplinary collaboration on a program geared toward improving health knowledge, awareness, and behavior. 

Interprofessional health teams are evaluated by their contribution towards the tenets of public health promotion through multidisciplinary collaboration among health professionals and the community. This partnership is the cornerstone of accessible, safe, impactful, high quality community healthcare. This award will recognize existing health professional school-based collaborations and initiatives that demonstrate the vision for team-based, community-oriented practice. 

The deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017. Submit a completed nomination package (award information and guidelines available here) to USPHS Awards Committee at: USPHSIPECAWARD@list.nih.gov.

To view the full press release, click here.



Press Release
For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 12, 2017

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Welcomes New Members 
Five new associations join the nation’s leading advocacy organization for team-based care    

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has approved five additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 20.

The newest members of IPEC include:    
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)    
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)    
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)    
  • Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)    
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)    

Established in 2009 by six organizations committed to advancing interprofessional learning experiences and promoting team-based care, IPEC includes the following continuing member associations:     
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)    
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)   
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)   
  • American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)    
  • American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)    
  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)    
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA)    
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)    
  • American Psychological Association (APA)    
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)    
  • Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)    
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)    
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)    
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)    
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) 

“By accelerating the movement toward interprofessional education and practice, IPEC is working to heighten collaboration among all providers to advance high quality, integrated health care delivery and to improve population health outcomes,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., President of IPEC and President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association. “I look forward to working closely with our new and continuing IPEC members to effectively transform the health care experience.” 

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.

To view the full press release, click here.



Registration Now Open for the Spring 2017 IPEC Institute
Online registration is now open for the next IPEC Faculty Development Institute on May 3-5, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Faculty teams are invited to come together for a guided learning experience, team-based planning activities and dedicated time to create actionable plans for implementing projects that advance interprofessional curricula, clinical training and population health experiences, and student assessment. For more details about the institute, click here.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum number of registrants for the institute is achieved. To register your team, click here.



A Tribute to IPEC Founding Member and Board Chair Harrison C. Spencer

Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, DTM&H, CPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and Founding Member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), died August 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. He was 71.

Dr. Spencer’s death is a huge loss to the interprofessional movement to which he cared and contributed so much.  In his own words, Dr. Spencer worked tirelessly to “deliver on the promise of interprofessional education and practice to improve health and populations.” IPEC will always remember and honor Dr. Spencer’s legacy by continuing and supporting his work to transform health care delivery.

In addition to his outstanding career, Dr. Spencer will always be remembered for his tremendous humor and his incredible wit.  Our thoughts are with the Spencer family and with the dedicated ASPPH staff in this time of grief.

Read Dr. Spencer's full tribute here.



IPEC Receives National Center Pioneer Award
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE) presented the first-ever Pioneer Award to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) for IPEC's groundbreaking work in advancing the field of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. IPEC President Richard W. Valachovic accepted the award on behalf of IPEC at NCIPE's inaugural 2016 National Center Summit in Minneapolis, MN. 

To view more information, click here.


Press Release
For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2016

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Releases Revised Set of Core Competencies

New Framework Will Impact the Future of Health Professional Education

Today, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) announced the release of an updated version of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, which will have a far-reaching impact on how health and partner professionals are educated and how they practice. First published in 2011, the IPEC core competency document has helped to frame the national dialogue on the need for interprofessional education and practice as a catalyst for improving team-based patient care and enhancing population health outcomes. 

“To deliver on the promise of interprofessional education and practice to improve health of individuals and populations as well as reduce health disparities, IPEC will work to ensure that this framework is central in the education of all health and partnering professionals,” said Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, CPH, IPEC Board Chair and President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. "Consistently implementing these new competencies will bring us all closer to the health system of the future we want to create together.” 

“When our health professions students have meaningful interactions and shared clinical experiences during their education process, they simply work better together,” said Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, President of IPEC and President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association. “These new core competencies will inform curricula that ensure the entire health care team knows how to communicate with one another and how to collaborate to serve patients more effectively. Everybody wins.” 

To view the full press release, click here.

To view the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update, click here.



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IPEC Supporting Organizations

Academic Consortium for Complementary & Alternative Health Care

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

American Council of Academic Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association

American Podiatric Medical Association

American Psychological Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

Council on Social Work Education

Physician Assistant Education Association

Society of Simulation in Healthcare