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Welcome to the Interprofessional Education Office (IPEO) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The IPEO was established in 2016 as an area of excellence under the direction of the Vice Provost for Health and is tasked with expanding interprofessional educational and practice opportunities for GVSU students, faculty and staff in health and health-related programs. Prior to securing this university office designation, staff members collaborated with other university champions and centers beginning in 2007 under a collaborative first known as the West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative (WMIPEI) then renamed in 2014 to include the extended reach as the Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC). The goal of the IPEO is to co-produce interprofessional learning and collaborative practices with external partnerships in healthcare to improve the experience, quality, and costs in our communities. The IPEO co-facilitates and coordinates those activities of MIPERC.
We look forward to meeting you and talking with you soon!
Brian Ulrich, PhD
Director of the Interprofessional Education Office
Grand Valley State University
The Purpose of an Interprofessional Education in Health and Health Sciences
Interprofessional education emphasizes health professionals, and health students of different disciplines learning about, from, and alongside one another so that they can build the skills needed to work collaboratively to improve the health of their patients and their communities.
Grand Valley State University’s Office of Interprofessional Education has built health education programs and opportunities open to students of all health disciplines that provide students with opportunities for team-based practice, research opportunities and co-learning environments in the classroom and the community. The Office of IPE at Grand Valley aims to deepen our students’ engagement with their community through partnerships that bring diverse health disciplines together early in their educational careers, building collaborative practice into their professional identities.