Board of Directors

Deans from each of the participating colleges form the Board of Directors, the main governance body of the Center. The Center Director, James Norton, participates as a member of the board. Board members include:

Donna Arnett, College of Public Health

Interdisciplinary education is foundational to the College of Public Health, as we seek to work with partners across the University and the Commonwealth to solve our most pressing health problems. By giving our students the opportunity for interprofessional training, we prepare them for careers that will require them to analyze problems from all sides, cooperate with other professionals with diverse viewpoints, and work in teams to reach the best outcomes. Interprofessional education creates professionals who are ready to lead in health care.

Robert DiPaola, College of Medicine

Team approaches in health care are critical to optimize our effectiveness in care, and our ability to leverage the research and educational strengths of a strong academic institution. The evidence on this is clear and compelling-patient outcomes are better when providers work together. Accordingly, on assuming my role as Dean of the College of Medicine, I was happy to see that UK has made a strong commitment to advocating for and implementing interprofessional education through the establishment of this Center. Given the increasing number of technological advances and areas of research that are applicable to patient care, I also think that there are future opportunities within IPE efforts to help further bridge our strong UK science to our translational research and clinical care efforts. In doing that, we might offer opportunities for students to be better prepared for the future of clinical care in areas such as precision medicine, as well as for those students who are preparing for careers in basic and translational science.

Kip Guy, College of Pharmacy

Modern healthcare has become increasingly complex to deliver, typically requiring coordination between multiple practice settings and practitioners to best serve the patient. Effective communication between the individual practitioners, teamwork, and clear decision making are absolutely critical. Providing interprofessional education allows our students and trainees to absorb this method of working throughout their education, ensuring that it becomes second nature to them.

Janie Heath, College of Nursing

It is an exciting time to help reform education for the health professions with strong academic circuitry that is wired to meet the demands and needs for quality and safety in healthcare environments and ensure innovative –collaborative-interprofessional learning environments. At the University of Kentucky, we are in a unique position to bring all of our professions for health education together on one campus where students and faculty can walk the talk of interprofessional education as a standard of practice for academic excellence.

Scott Lephart, College of Health Sciences

As a College comprised of nine disciplines and four professional preparation programs, the College of Health Sciences is naturally a leader in interprofessional education. We are strong believers that collaboration among health professions leads to improved health outcomes, and that our students should graduate well-prepared to enter an increasingly team-oriented health care system.

Dan O'Hair, College of Communication and Information

Interprofessional education means acknowledging that we can always learn from others. The best way to improve the quality of healthcare is to develop a supportive culture that encourages experts to collaborate on issues that are larger than any single profession.

Ann Vail, College of Social Work 

Given the changing nature of health care, our students must develop the skills to work in teams of medical professionals to meet the needs of individuals and families. Social work students play a valuable role in helping other medical professionals understand the personal context of the individual being served. Providing our students with interprofessional health education opportunities prepares them for future employement opportunities. 

James C. Norton, Center Director

Speaking for Center staff, I can say with sincerity that we feel very fortunate to have the guidance and support of so distinguished a group of academic leaders. The development of the Center is heavily dependent on the input of this Board and it is a pleasure for me be to be among its members ex officio.