Collaborative Care Conference teaches importance of interprofessional approaches to health care

The 5th annual conference was held March 19.
The 5th annual conference was held March 19.

Misericordia University served as one of six host sites for the 5th annual Collaborative Care Conference in March that featured nearly 800students and 125 faculty facilitators from 10 colleges and universitiesin northeastern and central Pennsylvania promoting interprofessional approaches to health care.

The conference was sponsored by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NECPA-IPEC), which is comprised of Johnson College, King’s College, Lackawanna College, Lock Haven University, Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), Marywood University, Misericordia University, Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, Pennsylvania College of Technology, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, and Wilkes University. The mission of the NECPA IPEC is to provide vision and leadership to foster and support interprofessional education in health care. 
The program also was hosted at King’s College, Marywood University, The Pennsylvania College of Technology, The Commonwealth Medical College and the University of Scranton. Facilitators, working in small interprofessional groups of students, discussed the importance of working in cooperation with health care providers and others who contribute to or support the delivery of health services. They also compared and contrasted the roles and responsibilities of other health care providers and how interprofessional teams work together to provide safe and effective patient care. Participants recognized the importance of patient-centered care and reflected upon individual interpersonal communication skills, such as active listening, encouraging ideas, and opinions of team members as well as respecting others.
The conference brought together students studying health sciences at participating institutions. At Misericordia University, students majoring in athletic training, medical imaging, medical physician, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedic, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work and speech-language pathology learned from each other with a collaborative approach to patient care.
NECPA-IPEC was founded in 2008 as a collaborative effort between local colleges and universities that offer health care programs. The organization is leading the way in the development of innovative collaborative approaches in health care professional education that focus on impacting the delivery of health care and improving patient outcomes. The joint effort is one of the first in the country to introduce the concept of interprofessional education using a regional approach from independent institutions of higher education. For more information about NECPA-IPEC, please log on to
For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
Misericordia University recently served as one of the host sites for the 4th Annual Collaborative Care Conference. Facilitators participating in the NECPA-IPEC program at Misericordia University, seated first row from left, are Lorie Zelna, Misericordia University, and Kathy Gelso, Misericordia University; second row, Gina Capitano, Misericordia University; Rachel Yan, Misericordia University; Andrea Pabon, LCCC; Judy Kristeller, Wilkes University; Brenda Rehrig, LCCC; Ellie Steinruck, King’s College; Pam MacNeely, King’s College; Abby Davis, Misericordia University; Laurie Brogan, Misericordia University; Heather Fritz, Misericordia University; Kim Ference, Wilkes University, and Peggy Sosnak; third row, Cynthia Mailloux, Misericordia University; Karen Klimas, Misericordia University; Dawn Evans, Misericordia University; Noreen Brzozowski, LCCC; Peggy Rapp, Misericordia University; Sue Zielen, LCCC; Scott Bolesta, Wilkes University; Brenda Hage, Misericordia University; Marion Villano, Misericordia University; Pamela Welsh, Misericordia University; Oradell Banker, Misericordia University; Marisue Rayno, LCCC; Mary Culkin, Misericordia University, and Sheryl Goss, Misericordia University; fourth row, Darci Brown, Misericordia University; Diane McAvoy, Misericordia University; Therese Kosek, King’s College, and Ann Roman, Misericordia University.