Denise Ludwig, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP, ACU
IPE Director, GVSU
Welcome to the Interprofessional Education Office at Grand Valley State University! This office was established in 2016 as an area of excellence under the direction of the Vice Provost for Health and transitioned to the College of Health Professions in 2021. We are expanding interprofessional educational and practice opportunities for GVSU students, faculty, and staff in health and health-related programs and extending our collaborative reach as MIPERC - the Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center. Our goal is to co-produce interprofessional learning and collaborative practices with external partners in healthcare to improve the experience, quality, and costs in our communities.
What is the purpose of IPE in Health and Health Sciences?
Interprofessional education emphasizes collaboration between health professionals and students of different disciplines to learn 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.
Our office has built health education programs and opportunities open to students of all health disciplines to provide them with opportunities for team-based practice, research, and co-learning environments in the classroom and the community. We aim to deepen student engagement with their communities through partnerships that bring diverse health disciplines together early in their educational careers, building collaborative practice into their professional identities.