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IPE Mini-Grants

The strategic vision of the Office for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice is to:
Create within CHHS an integrated, collaborative learning system across the health and related professions that connects
disciplines, promotes teamwork, fosters mutual understanding, strengthens research, and advances health for individuals and populations.
To apply for funding for a student-centered IPE project, follow the directions below. The IPE project must involve at least two CHHS programs. Consideration will be given to those projects that:
  • Align our educational paradigm with 21st century health system demands
  • Connect education, research and practice
  • Expand and diversify service learning and collaborative practice opportunities for students
  • Focus on community-based preventative services and social determinants of health
  • Integrate IPE into existing curriculum structures


Interested in applying for a mini-grant for your interprofessional project?

Completed Mini-Grant Application are due to Chris Karshin twice a year: mid-October and mid-February.

Enhancing clinical decision making and professional interaction amongst occupational therapy and orthotics/prosthetics students
Project Directors:
Wendy Beattie, BS, CPO
Orthotics and Prosthetics
School of Health Promotion and Human Performance
Frank Fedel, MS
Orthotics and Prosthetics
School of Health Promotion and Human Performance
Abbey Marterella, PhD
Occupational Therapy
School of Health Sciences

Goals: The goals of this project are to develop and pilot an IPE program on which future initiatives can be based. Specific goals of this OT and OP IPE project are to:

  1. Pilot a joint clinical rotation that will serve as a foundation for future IPE endeavors.
  2. Develop curricular links between these two programs and engage in collaborative pedagogy to support student development in increasingly team based health care environments.
  3. Increase understanding of the purpose and scope of each other’s practices in order to determine when and how to draw upon the services of these professionals in the course of providing patient care.
  4. Present a model that has the potential to expand to include other related programs and professions here and at other universities.
  5. Develop a library of exemplary case studies for future classroom use by both programs.
Tobacco Cessation Support Program (TCSP)
Project Director:
Joan Cowdery, PhD
Health Education
School of Health Promotion and Human Performance

Goals: The overall goal of the TCSP is to reduce tobacco use by EMU Students. Specific program and participant objectives are as follows:

  1. All program participants will attend four or more workshops per session.
  2. By April 2016, program planners will have implemented four complete 5 week workshops.
  3. By the end of the first workshop, participants will be able to list five strategies to reduce and/or quit tobacco use.
  4. At the last workshop of a session, participants will report a reduction of tobacco use compared to their baseline levels.
  5. By the end of the 5 week program, participants will make a positive transition in their reported stage of change.
  6. Two months after completing a session, 40% of participants will sustain a tobacco use reduction.
IPE Cultural Awareness Service Learning Health Care Project
Project Director:
Enos Massie, MA, PhD, MSW
School of Social Work
Sandra Restaino, DNP, RN
School of Nursing


  1. To create an IPE service leaning 3 credit elective course (hybrid) to be team-taught Winter Term 2016.
  2. Recruit students from the various CHHS Schools and Programs to enroll in the course.
  3. Recruit CHHS Faculty, IPE Scholars, and Task Force Members to be guest speakers to enrich content regarding CHHS majors and professions.
  4. Identify a local health care organization with a diverse client/patient population to partner with for students that are not traveling to Jamaica.
  5. Confirm the travel/lodging arrangements for the Jamaica trip and work with Study aboard program to make trip arrangements for students.
  6. Maintain relationships and confirm the volunteer experiences with the health care professionals in Jamaica.
  7. Disseminate our qualitative research findings to peers locally, nationally and internationally.
Promoting Collaboration and Quality of Care through Interdisciplinary Simulation
Project Directors:
Linda Myler, DNP, RN
School of Nursing
Kathleen Seurynck, DNP, RN
School of Nursing

Goals: The goals of the project include:

  1. To identify and distinguish roles among health care professions.
  2. Identify barriers in communication between disciplines.
  3. To create an interdisciplinary simulation model that can be utilized across disciplines.
  4. Disseminate pilot and results of the interdisciplinary product across fields of study.
  5. Formulate a plan to implement the simulation across courses in each discipline represented.

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