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Interprofessional Education & Community Engagement

Six Gap 2015

Please submit your application for the 2016-2017 IPE Institute: 2016-17 IPE Institute Application This committee of faculty is charged with developing an interprofessional core curriculum for CHSP by May 2017.

Projects & Events:

Virtual Hospital | 2016

Nursing received UNG’s Presidential Innovation Award and approximately $460,000 in mid-year funding to support the development of interprofessional education and the expansion of the Nursing program by creating a virtual hospital and simulation center on the Gainesville campus. Access Nursing's expansion article.

Update: Explore building plans and project updates by visiting our expansion and development web page.

Six Gap Cycling Event | September 2015

Sixteen undergraduate and graduate Nursing students, under the direction of Dr. Carolynn DeSandre, provided emergency medical care for the over 2,000 cyclist that participated in the Six Gap Century event. Students served at several medical stations located throughout the mountain course; providing treatment for participants with minor scrapes and bruises to dehydration and broken bones. Dr. DeSandre shares that, "It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage with community members and get real hands on experience in a non-hospital setting. We hope to make this an annual service learning event."


Gold Dust Riders

The departments of Nursing and Physical Therapy hold the annual Gold Dust Riders hippo therapy camp and family health assessments event. Students from the Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner program join with students from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program to provide blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol screenings to families of children participating in the Gold Dust Riders program as well as work collaboratively in the hippo therapy camp.

Update: All three CHSP departments are joining together this fall to treat families and patients in the annual event.

cREATe Collaboration | June 2015

The cREATe Collaboration provides a week-long interprofessional learning experience for UNG Physical Therapy (PT) students and Georgia Tech (GT) Design and Engineering students to partner and create solutions for real-world clinical problems with assistive technology or rehabilitation technology. Student teams will be presented a clinical problem and spend the week developing a conceptual design and prototype for the solution. The GT students will test and then deliver the final product to the patient two weeks later. Learn more from Access North Georgia's cREATe coverage

AMBUCS Training Event | April 2015
The Department of Physical Therapy received the honor of being selected to host AmTryke and AMBUCS representatives for a training session on April 9, 2015. AmTryke is a company that makes and adapts tricycles for people with disabilities and AMBUCS is a service organization that provides activities relating to the afore mentioned. PT faculty and students, along with clinical colleagues from the North Georgia community, gathered for delivery of 5 tricycles that were paid for by the Savannah AMBUCS chapter and learned proper fitting procedures. Access AMBUCS news article.
Mass Casualty Drill | Spring 2016

Plans are underway to organize a mock shooting event, providing crisis and first responder training for the students, faculty, and staff of CHSP's three departments.

Pet Therapy for PTSD
Dr. Carolynn DeSandre, of the Nursing department, has received SEED money to collaborate with students in the College of Health Sciences & Professions to conduct research examining an intervention in training rescue dogs to be companion animals for veterans suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Garden Initiative
Hannah Cilli, of the Nursing department, leads efforts to create a community garden located at the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, housed in the historic Vickery House of Dahlonega. The group's vision includes growing fresh vegetables to promote community health and wellness through a community farmer's market.

The Interprofessional Education (IPE) & Community Engagement (CE) Committee strives to develop interprofessional models of education in which faculty, students, and staff can collaboratively learn and practice healthcare; and aims to continue facilitating our community service outreach efforts through partnering the departments of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, and Physical Therapy with regional and international affiliates. 

Dr. Carolynn DeSandre, Director of the IPE & CE Committee, is a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner. She completed her doctoral degree in Human Development & Family Science at the University of Georgia. Her area of special interest is chronic disease development and management in families. She also serves as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing program. Dr. DeSandre maintains a clinical practice at Georgia Mountains Health Service in Dahlonega and enjoys participating in annual medical mission trips to Bolivia.

I am honored to coordinate a committee comprised of such innovative and dedicated faculty and staff from each department within the College of Health Sciences & Professions. We remain committed to establishing core competencies in IPE; increasing implementation of interdisciplinary approaches to education both in and outside of the classroom. Our vision is to generate a community of faculty and alumni innovators who implement the improved delivery of healthcare through synergistic collaboration between health professionals.

Access Dr. DeSandre's 2014-2015 IPE & CE report detailing the committee's missions and endeavors.

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