Upcoming Webinars

2017 USPHS IPEC Award Winners: University of Central Florida

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2:00-3:00 pm (ET)  


This year, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) were pleased to announce the University of Central Florida (UCF) as the recipient of the inaugural Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award. A joint effort between the USPHS and IPEC, the Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award is dedicated to a team of health professional students and/or faculty, whose interdisciplinary work has significantly impacted the community they serve.  

This informational webinar will feature a presentation by the UCF team on their project Harnessing the Strength of Inter-Professional Teams to Provide Comprehensive Care for the Farmworkers of Apopka, Florida. Drs. Simms-Cendan and Peralta will provide key insights on the goals, public health significance, rationale, and results of their award-wining IPE program. The UCF team will also share the approaches that led to continued development and growth of IPE initiatives at UCF, as well as challenges and lessons learned.  Health professions faculty, students, and clinicians will discover best practices and exemplars that they can use to assist with IPE efforts at their home institutions. 


  • Describe the key structure of the innovative IPE project Harnessing the Strength of Inter-Professional Teams to Provide Comprehensive Care for the Farmworkers of Apopka, Florida
  • Demonstrate the relationship between interprofessional practice, outcomes, and impact
  • Share “lessons learned” in developing, implementing, and assessing IPE and community health needs

Continuing Education Credits: Eligible attendees may receive one Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credit or one continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hour for participating in this webinar. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is an accredited CNE-provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. IPEC is a preferred provider for Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

NOTE: This webinar is open to everyone including non-members, communities of interest, practice representatives, and AACN member schools including deans, faculty, staff and students.


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Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of International Experiences at the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine. She enjoys the full spectrum of clinical practice, education, research and service. 

She is a 1991 graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology there in 1995. She remained on the faculty at UF until joining the founding faculty at the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine in 2010. Active in providing content throughout the integrated curriculum, she is also co-director of the Endocrine and Reproductive Module for the second year students. She is also the co-Director of the Interprofessional Education Longitudinal Curricular and works with the central Florida Interdisciplinary Education and directs the Medical Spanish 4th year elective. 

Dr. Simms-Cendan and her partner run the only clinic in central Florida focused on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology; she opened the first clinics dedicated to these patients in 2010 at Winnie Palmer Hospital. Students and residents participate in the clinic where in addition to the unique pathologies seen, they are exposed to a significant number of ethical dilemmas and multicultural experiences. The practice site provides opportunities for clinical research which is ongoing. She is a very active in the North American Society of Pediatric Adolescent gynecology, serving on the Board of Directors, as co-Chair of the Education Committee and as the 2017 annual meeting chair. She has written clinical guidelines for the society in addition to other publications in the specialty. 

Dr. Simms-Cendan has been involved in international medical education for over 15 years. Her work has includes reproductive medicine education at medical schools in Ethiopia.  For 5 years she led an interdisciplinary group of medical, nursing and engineering students and faculty to work with students from a local medical school to deliver care in rural northern Dominican Republic. Her experience has led her to develop a “glocal” program to serve the farmworkers in central Florida. She is the advisor for the global health medical student interest group MedPACt, which hosts an annual Global Health Conference attended by students and faculty from across the state. She provides guidance for all students participating in international medical electives. Her research in global health includes effective teaching strategies at medical schools in developing countries and the long-term educational value of student participation in international medical programs. 

Dr. Simms-Cendan helped establish the Knights Student Run Free Clinic at Grace Medical Home in 2013 and serves as a Faculty Advisor for the students. In this role she assists with faculty recruitment, research, organization, and fundraising. The Knights clinic includes community as well as COM core faculty, and is expanding its interdisciplinary structure to include pharmacy students and nursing students.  The innovative programs have recently been presented at national meetings and the Knights clinic board is now helping other new medical schools establish their own clinic. 

Dr. Heather Peralta is an adjunct instructor overseeing the Community Nursing Coalition (CNC) of Apopka, Florida.  The CNC provides both Junior and Senior baccalaureate-seeking student nurses the opportunity to create and implement service-learning projects for underserved communities throughout Central Florida.  

She is a graduate of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, where she received her Associate of Science in Nursing degree.  She worked heavily in the area of neuroscience prior to dedicating herself to academia. Shereceived her BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University, her MSN from Sacred Heart University, and her DHSc from Nova Southeastern University. She is active in many nursing organizations to promote the future of nursing, and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.  

Dr. Peralta partnered with Dr. Simms-Cendan in April of 2016 to plan and implement the Apopka Farmworkers Clinic.  She and her students visit farms, the community, and provides the Farmworkers with education and screenings in between full clinic days.  She is invested in interprofessional collaboration, and often partners with other schools within the University of Central Florida to provide the most needed care across the continuum of care for the Farmworker community 


Lucinda L. Maine serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy. 

Prior to assuming her current role in July 2002, Maine served as senior vice president for policy, planning and communications with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Analyzing trends in healthcare, assessing the implications for pharmacy practice and advocating appropriate recognition for all pharmacists were her top priorities at APhA. 

Dr. Maine is a pharmacy graduate of Auburn University and received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she practiced in the field of geriatrics and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy. Her past research includes projects on aging, pharmacy manpower and pharmacy-based immunizations. 

Dr. Maine has been active in leadership roles in and out of the profession. Prior to joining the APhA staff she served as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and as an APhA trustee. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for Research!America, and is an Executive Committee member of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

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The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is proud to announce its inaugural  IPEC Webinar Series aimed at highlighting trends and activities in interprofessional education for collaborative practice. This free, dynamic IPEC Webinar Series will be hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is open to all IPEC members and non-members.

Heather Peralta, DHSc, MSN, RN
Adjunct Instructor
University of Central Florida College of Nursing


Judith S. Simms-Cendan, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology  Director of International Experiences
University of Central Florida College Of Medicine 

Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh
Vice President, Interprofessional Education Collaborative
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy