Annual interprofessional conference set

At left, Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for Health, listens to panelists at a WMIPEI conference. This years conference is set for September 18-19.
At left, Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for Health, listens to panelists at a WMIPEI conference. This years conference is set for September 18-19.
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Participants at the seventh annual West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative (WMIPEI) conference will discuss best practices and innovation within collaborative health care practices.

The conference is set for September 18-19 at the DeVos Center; it is hosted by the Vice Provost for Health office.

WMIPEI is composed of faculty and staff members and students from Grand Valley, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and health care professionals from more than 25 organizations.

Keynote speakers are Roger Spoelman, president and CEO of Mercy Health in West Michigan; Amy Barton, associate dean for clinical and community affairs at University of Colorado; Barbara Brandt, director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; and Scott Shipman, director of primary care affairs and workforce analysis for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The schedule for Thursday, September 18, runs from 1-4:30 p.m., followed by a networking reception. On Friday, September 19, the conference runs 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch. Cost to attend September 18 only is $25, and September 19 is $50, both days are $75. Register online at www.gvsu.edu/wmipei.

The National Center for Interprofessional Education, from the University of Minnesota, will host a pre-conference workshop September 18 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall. It is free is open to faculty and staff members, students and the public. Register online at www.gvsu.edu/wmipei, and click “Pre-conference workshop.”