IPE Collaboration Award Recipients

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and United States Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) are proud to acknowledge these recipients who have gone above and beyond their usual call of duty to contribute to interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice.

This page lists past recipients of the IPEC/COF Excellence in IPE Collaboration Award (previously the IPEC/USPHS Public Health Excellence in IPE Collaboration Award).

Previous Awardees

Congratulations to all our award recipients!

 2023 Awardees

  • Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, UNC School of Nursing
  • Hugh Tilson, JD, MPH, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers
  • Amir Barzin, DO, MS, Carolina Together Testing Program
  • Amanda Gabbard, MS, UNC Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice

Project: The Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI) and Carolina Student Services Corps

Through the UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI) and Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps (Carolina CSSC), over 2,000 students have participated in an unfolding case focusing on rural population health, 170 students have been embedded in 9 rural communities, and over 1,800 students have volunteered 34,000 hours to pandemic relief.

 2022 Awardees

  • Carlene Taylor, EdD, LMHC, NCC, ERYT, ESMHL, University of North Florida Brooks College of Health
  • Danielle Free, MS-CMHC, MSPP, University of North Florida Brooks College of Health
  • Jessie Stapleton, PhD, MSEd, University of North Florida Brooks College of Health

Project: OspreyPERCH: Prevention, Early Intervention and Resiliency through Counseling & Holistic Health: An Integrative Behavioral Health Clinical Training Program

Offering help that inspires hope, University of North Florida's OspreyPERCH is a behavioral health clinical training program that supports students in well-being.

2021 Awardees

  • Ibtihal Al-Makhzoomy, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, Kean University School of Nursing
  • Mahchid Namazi, MS, PhD, CCC-SLP, Kean University School of Communication Disorders and Deafness
  • Mariann Moran, OTD, Kean University Department of Occupational Therapy

Project: The Effectiveness of Patient Navigation using Motivational Interviewing and m-Health Technology on Patient Activation & Engagement for Self-management Practices in Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Pilot Study ​

The Kean University Center for Health Equity, Education, Research & Practice shared a community-based program to promote access and equity for racial and ethnically diverse populations with chronic conditions who were affected by COVID-19.

2020 Awardees

  • Jennifer N. Smith, PharmD, BCPS, University of the Sciences
  • John R. Patro Jr., OTD, OTR/L, Monmouth University
  • Luzan Phillpotts, DO, MPH, Nova Southeastern University

Project: An Interprofessional Approach to International Outreach Experiences ​

An intercollegiate partnership between University of the Sciences, Monmouth University, and Nova Southeastern University led to the development of interprofessional, international medical outreach experiences to Jamaica and Guatemala.

2019 Awardees

  • Patricia A. Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing
  • Marya J. Cohen, MD, MPH, Crimson Care Collaborative, Massachusetts General Hospital

Project: Crimson Care Collaborative: An Interprofessional Academic-Practice Partnership

A student-faculty clinic, the Crimson Care Collaborative provides primary care through several clinical sites.

2018 Awardees

  • Robert P. Pack, PhD, MPH, East Tennessee State University Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Angela Hagaman, MA, LPCA, East Tennessee State University Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Alice McCaffrey, Director, Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition

Project: East Tennessee State University Responds to the Opioid Epidemic Through Interprofessional Education, Community Engagement, Research, and Clinical Care ​

The evolution of East Tennessee State University's response to the opioid epidemic shows how communities, universities, and providers can and should work together.

2017 Awardees

  • Heather Peralta, DHSc, MSN, RN, College of Nursing,  University of Central Florida
  • Judith S. Simms-Cendan, MD, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida
  • Priya K. Patel, BS, College of Medicine (MedPACt), University of Central Florida
  • Alexander Diaz, BS, College of Medicine (MedPACt), University of Central Florida

Project: Harnessing the Strength of Inter-Professional Teams to Provide Comprehensive Care for the Farmworkers of Apopka, Florida.

With the Farmworkers Association, teams of University of Central Florida students and faculty provided free clinics for uninsured farmworker families.

Honorable Mention Projects

Each year, honorable mention finalists are selected from across the country to represent innovative projects connecting higher education and health care. ​​Thank you to all project team members for the work you’ve done—and continue to do—to improve the health, knowledge, and wellness of your students and communities!

Year Health Communications & Health Technology Behavioral Health Public Health Infrastructure Community Empowerment At Risk and Vulnerable Communities

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Community Paramedicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Bridging the Gap: Caring for Birmingham’s Most Vulnerable Populations

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Crimson Care Collaborative: An Interprofessional Academic-Practice Partnership

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Working Group

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Increasing Access to Healthcare Services through an Interprofessional, Student-Led, Health Education and Medical Screening Program for Homeless Men in Birmingham Alabama


Rosalind Franklin University

Telemedicine: Crossing Global Barriers to  Health Education and Patient Care to Prevent Lower Extremity Amputation

University of Utah

Utah Health & Homes Collaborative (UHHC): A Community-based Interprofessional Education (IPE) Approach for Addressing Social Determinants of Health

MGH Institute of Health Professions

S-IHP’s CAP: Spaulding –IHP’s Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program

Howard University

Howard University Interprofessional Workgroup: Confronting the Epidemic of HIV/AIDS

Stony Brook University

Leveraging Synergies: Using interprofessional Teams to Amplify Clinical Preventative Services Access and Utilization among Vulnerable Older Adultsonting the Epidemic of HIV/AIDS


Rosalind Franklin University

Improving Access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Through Student-Led, Interprofessional Collaboration


University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo’s Lighthouse Clinic: An Interprofessional Initiative to  Address Prominent Health Disparities in Western New York

St. Louis University

IPE 4900 Interprofessional Community Practicum

Wayne State University

Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP): Navigation and Functioning in Student Teams


Oregon Health & Science University

Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN)

Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education

A Suite of Three Interprofessional Education Public Health Programs: Impacting Students and Patients


University of North Texas Health Science Center

Learning Health Literacy through Interprofessional Service Learning

University of Missouri–Kansas City

University of Missouri Kansas City Health Professions Dramatic Sexually Transmitted Disease/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Education Project


Yale University

Virtual Interprofessional Education (VIPE)

Concordia University Wisconsin

Safe Seniors In-home Visit Collaboration – Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

Winona State University

Bridges Health: An Innovative and Replicable Interprofessional Community and Public Health Clinical Education Model Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Advancing Health Equity

New York University

Educating Students Early About Fostering Interprofessional Relationships Focused on Patient-Centered Care to Build Long Lasting Relationships for the Future

University of Illinois Chicago

Addressing Healthy Eating and Lifestyles in a Federally Qualified Health Center: An Interprofessional Quality Improvement Project


Yale University

Making Public Health Visible Across the Disciplines: An Online Interprofessional Initiative



Winona State University

Bridges Health

New York University

Interprofessional and Cross-Institutional Prenatal Oral Health Program Among Vulnerable Pregnant Women


Florida State University

Using Simulation for Skill Building in Teams: Modified Use of Simulation in Teams for Students in Training (MUST-SIT) Together©: An Interprofessional Education (IPE) model

University of Mary

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Student IPE Community Project

University of Georgia

Modeling Collaborative Interprofessional Care through a Mass Outbreak Simulation

University of South Dakota

Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Interprofessional Simulation

University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo’s Lighthouse Clinic: Reducing Barriers to Care and the Impact of Social Determinants of Health


All Honorees

Click below to view the full list of awardees and honorable mention finalists by year.

2023 Award Recipients

2022 Award Recipients

2021 Award Recipients

​2020 Award Recipients

2019 Award Recipients

2018 Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients