IPEC News & Announcements

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.



Enjoy a Recorded Webinar:  Public Health and Architecture Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Aired on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 

Brought to you by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, this ASPPH Presents webinar featured the work of two demonstration projects (at Drexel and at Kansas) involving interdisciplinary education initiatives between public health and architecture that promote healthy food, neighborhood walkability, and physical activity for children in support of population health.

To listen, visit the recording here.


Press Release
For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2016
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Announces Expansion
Nine new members join organization dedicated to improving patient care

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has approved nine additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 15. Established in 2009 by six organizations committed to advancing interprofessional learning experiences and promoting team-based care, IPEC now includes the following national associations:

Founding members:
• American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
• American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
• American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
• American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
• Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
• Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

New institutional members:
• American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
• American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
• American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
• American Psychological Association (APA)
• Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
• Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
• Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
• Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
• Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

“To actually deliver on the promise of interprofessional education and practice to improve health of individuals and populations as well as reduce health disparities, we have to ensure that this framework is central in the education of all health professionals,” said Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, DTM&H, CPH, IPEC Board Chair and President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. “Changing and making all health professional education more consistent can help set the stage for the health system of the future we want to create together.”

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.

“Today marks a significant and growing commitment across the health professions in the United States to make collaborative, patient-centered care a reality,” added Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, President of IPEC and President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association. “Including such a diverse and comprehensive group of new associations in IPEC’s work brings us that much closer to success.”

To view the full press release, click here.


Listen to a Recorded Webinar
All Together Now: Realizing IPE at Academic Health Centers
Aired on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brought to you by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), this webinar featured best practices for launching IPE at your institution. Webinar speakers, Denice C. L. Stewart and Jeffery C. B. Stewart, examined typical barriers to IPE implementation and shared strategies to overcome them from the perspectives of the university, the academic health center, and the academic dental institution.


June 25 FASHP IPE Capitol Hill Briefing


Listen to an Archived Webinar
IPEC: Improving Health Outcomes and Fostering Health Profession Collaboration
Aired on December 15, 2014
Brought to you by AACN’s Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA), this free public Webinar featured IPEC leaders for an introduction to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), which works to promote team-based education and practice, facilitate effective faculty development, foster shared learning resources, and identify effective organizational models among the health professions. To download the handout for this archived Webinar, click here. To register for this archived webinar, click here. You can set up a free My AACN account by visiting: www.aacn.nche.edu/my-aacn.



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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