Award Presentation

Summer 2017 IPEC Council Meeting

AAMC Learning Center, Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

  • Judith S. Simms-Cendan, MD, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida
  • Heather Peralta, DHSc, MSN, RN, College of Nursing, 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

2017 USPHS IPEC Award Winners 



Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award

 In January 2017, the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and IPEC announced the Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award, a joint effort to recognize interprofessional health education teams that have significantly impacted the community through multidisciplinary collaboration on a program geared toward improving health knowledge, awareness, and behavior. 

In its second year, the 2017-2018 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award presents an opportunity to showcase multidisciplinary efforts to impact community health. This Award is presented to a team of health-professional school based collaborators who have innovatively addressed a public health issue while making a lasting impact on the community’s health. In addition to including team members representing multiple professions, the proposed project should aim to establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes (community practice, public health education, and/or research).

This award will consist of an overall winning team who will receive their award from the USPHS and IPEC at the Summer 2018 IPEC Council Meeting in Washington, DC. In addition, the winner will present an IPEC webinar discussing their project and findings. There will also be one honorable mention in each of 5 focus areas. 

The full call for submissions is now open.  To apply, click here.

Award Criteria

Updated criteria for the 2018 Public Health Excellence Award is now available.   To see the 2018 USPHS IPEC Award packet, click here

Please note the criteria for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Award below:

  • Exhibit core competencies of intercollaborative practice as identified by Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
    1. Patient/family centered (hereafter termed “patient centered”)
    2. Community/population oriented 
    3. Relationship focused 
    4. Process oriented 
    5. Linked to learning activities, educational strategies, and behavioral assessments that are developmentally appropriate for the learner 
    6. Able to be integrated across the learning continuum 
    7. Sensitive to the systems context/applicable across practice settings 
    8. Applicable across professions 
    9. Stated in language common and meaningful across the professions 
    10. Outcome driven
  • Promoted scholarship in interprofessional collaborative practice, focusing on community and public health practice to address social determinants of health and advance health equity. 
  • Included local community leaders and find ways to foster creativity and innovation across the different sectors/organizations to make lasting gains.  
  • The team composition must include health professional faculty and students from an accredited university or college.

Nomination Process

The Award Committee is looking for submissions that represent the full spectrum of IPEC member institutions, including nominations from small schools and private schools. All nominations will be reviewed by a joint USPHS-IPEC Award Review Committee and approved by USPHS and the IPEC Board of Directors.

Award nominations from each school must be submitted through a Health Professional School Dean or Awards Committee, include representation by two or more health professions, and demonstrate a clear relationship between interprofessional practice, outcomes, and impact. A checklist for the items that must be included in the package. "Interprofessional" would include representation by two or more health professions. In addition to including team members representing multiple professions, the project should demonstrate relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes.

Submission Process

Award applications close on Friday, February 2, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018. All nominations must be electronically submitted via the online application. To apply online, please click here. 

Presentation of Award

For this award cycle, the award winner will be announced at the Summer 2018 IPEC Council Meeting on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. The principal investigators of the program receiving the award will be recognized at the Council Meeting and highlighted in IPEC press releases as well as on the IPEC website.    A plaque will be provided to the award winners.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download the FAQs relating to the USPHS IPEC Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award.


For questions about the award packet and criteria, please email

For questions about the online submission process, please contact Shelley McKearney at