IPE Day Returns as In-Person Event

By Sholnn Z. Freeman

Howard University is announcing the return of the highly anticipated 2024 Interprofessional Education Workshop, or IPE Day, scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, in The Armour J. Blackburn University Center.  This event convenes professionals and students alike from across campus for a day of collaboration, learning, and inspiration.

Hosted by the Howard University Office of the Provost and the Interprofessional Education Committee, IPE Day is an annual educational event that prepares faculty and students to learn and work alongside professionals from other disciplines in a patient-centered, collaborative manner.  Over the years, this event has included students from divinity, education, African American studies, and now fine arts.

This year’s workshop will delve into the intersection of arts, humanities, and health justice under the theme “Arts, Humanities, Health Justice: An Interprofessional Collaboration to Healing,” and is co-sponsored by the Georgetown-Howard Center for Medical Humanities and Health Justice. Dana Williams, Ph.D., dean of the Howard University Graduate School, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

Event organizers will present a special award to Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts Dean Phylicia Rashad, who will be acknowledged as the inaugural holder of The Toni Morrison Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities.

“Dean Rashad’s groundbreaking work at Howard University has set a precedent for excellence and innovation, and we are privileged to recognize her contributions to our community,” said Tamara L. Owens, Ph.D., director of the Howard University Simulation and Clinical Skills Center and chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee.

The workshop will commence at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m., with the award presentation ceremony starting at 2:15 p.m. Attendees can expect engaging sessions, networking opportunities, and the chance to be part of a movement dedicated to shaping future leaders and change agents. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration is required.

The Interprofessional Education Committee is charged with establishing a University-wide culture of collaboration amongst the health and behavioral science programs and the other Howard schools and colleges. The committee also seeks to produce culturally-responsive, collaborative, and practice-ready professionals across the health and behavioral science disciplines.