Interprofessional Education in HSHP

By Laura Gras, August 25, 2022

Faculty in HSHP have been productive in interprofessional education (IPE) activities. IPE is "when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes."

  • "Project Wheelchair User: Occupational and Physical Therapy Collaboration" is an interprofessional learning experience with upper-level students from occupational therapy and physical therapy to explore various factors that can impact wheelchair users in their communities. This project was presented by Laura Gras (PT) and Michelle Bradshaw (OT) at the Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference in July.
  • "Interprofessional Education through a Monthly Stroke Support Group" was based on a semester-long community based stroke support group from 2016-2019 involving 45 students from occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and therapeutic recreation. The study conducted by Jill Mayer (PT), Jessica Valdez Taves (OT), Sarah Fishel (PT), Yvonne Rogalski (SLP), Janice Elich Monroe (TR) and Laura Gras (PT) measured student knowledge about stroke and interprofessional collaborations and has been accepted for publication in the spring issue of the Journal of Allied Health.
  • Professor Laura Gras has been elected secretary of the National Interprofessional Education Consortium of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.