Health conference to examine interprofessional education

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Grand Valley is among the sponsors of a free one-day conference focusing on strategies for interprofessional education among West Michigan health care providers and educational institutions.

"Translating Interprofessional Education Principles into Practice" is scheduled for Friday, January 15, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center. The conference is sponsored by Grand Valley, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Three national lecturers are scheduled: Joan Weiss, director of the Health Resources and Services Administration; Ivy Oandasan, assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto; and Robert A. DeGraaff, director of the graduate program in health services management at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for health at Grand Valley, said participants will discuss designing innovative interprofessional educational initiatives, fostering effective teamwork in health care organizations, and developing a strong West Michigan interprofessional student community.

Continuing education credits are available to some participants. For information about the conference, call Brenda Pawl at (616) 331-5960.

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