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Interprofessional Education (IPE) Oral Health Conference


Conference Description:

The goal of Interprofessional Education (IPE) of health care providers is to provide evidence-based and comprehensive health care for diverse patients. This conference examines an IPE approach to understanding the correlation between oral and systemic health, specifically in the context of examining the role IPE plays in assessing and treating chronic conditions among older adults. Older adults are one of society’s most vulnerable populations. As such their health care needs transcend the individual health care provider and encompass diverse roles played by various health professionals.

The morning session will feature three internationally known presenters: Dr. Rita Jablonski (University of Alabama-Birmingham), Dr. James Little (Little’s Consulting) and Ms. Casey Hein (University of Manitoba), who will present on Interprofessional Education topics related to the oral and systemic health care link.

The afternoon session will begin with student case reports, followed by an Expert Panel discussion and Question/Answer session. The day’s activities culminate with a closed, invitation only session with the presenters and University Faculty.

Date:          May 2, 2014

Time:          8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost:           Free

Lunch:        Not provided

Parking:     Free – garage located at the southeast corner of the Dudley and Monroe intersection

Sponsors: The HRSA Interprofessional Education Grant Team (a collaboration between the Colleges of Nursing, Allied Health, Dentistry, and IPECS)

Tentative Schedule of events*:





 Opening Remarks


Timothy Hottel,  DDS, MS, MBA

Dean, UTHSC College of Dentistry



Ms. Teresa Britt, MSN, RN

Director, Interprofessional Education & Clinical Simulation (IPECS)




James Little, DMD

Little’s Consulting

 10:15– 11:15 



Rita Jablonski, PhD

Associate Professor

University of Alabama-Birmingham





 11:30– 12:30



Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA

Assistant Professor; Division of Periodontics; Faculty of Dentistry, Director of Education, International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health & Assistant Professor, Division of Continuing Professional Development; Faculty of Medicine; Director of Interprofessional Continuing Development

University of Manitoba




 Lunch (on your own)




Student Case Reports

2:15 –3:15


Panel discussion/Q& A

3:15 – 3:30


Wrap-up and evaluation




Closed Session

(invited attendees only)

*Planning committee reserves the right to change agenda as needed

Dental Contact Hours:

 This activity has been approved by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education to award 5.5 hours.

Nursing Contact Hours:

This activity has been submitted to the Tennessee Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.

The Tennessee Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 Contact Trimika Bowdre at tbowdre@uthsc.edu or 901-448-6099 for more information.


This project is supported by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPR), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under D09HP25035. Advanced Nursing Education Grants, $1,110, 513 (09/01/2012 -06/30/2015)