Collaborative Care Conference Returns to Penn College

Published 03.31.2011


Varied health majors cooperate on common goal Students from five colleges and universities convened at Penn College on March 30 for the second annual Collaborative Care Conference. The group of 82 students and 15 facilitators representing a wide range of health occupations explored how health care providers can best serve underserved and vulnerable populations. The students, hailing from Penn College, The Commonwealth Medical College, Lock Haven University, Marywood University and Wilkes University, broke into smaller groups to participate in a case study that required them to work together to illustrate issues related to caring for the underserved. The event is sponsored by the Northeastern/Northcentral Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition and aims to help students from diverse health care disciplines to learn from each other with a collaborative team approach to patient care. Sharon K. Waters, dean of health sciences and a member of the coalition, served as site facilitator at Penn College, and several Penn College program directors helped to facilitate discussion groups. Penn College was joined by five other colleges and universities in hosting simultaneous events. In total, 500 students from 12 colleges and universities, studying in pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physician assistant, physical/occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, paramedic and radiography programs, participated in the conference.