Posted: September 13, 2018

Healthy Aging Fair: An Interprofessional Community Outreach Collaboration


OBJECTIVES: (1) To describe an innovative interprofessional education community outreach initiative (2) To assess student attitudes toward interprofessional education through course evaluation METHODS: Student pharmacists collaborated with Audiology, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech & Language Pathology students to offer a Healthy Aging Fair to three rural communities. Interprofessional student teams were charged with developing and implementing twelve interactive stations involving health education, screenings, and immunizations. A 360-degree assessment of the project was completed with data from students, faculty and community participants. RESULTS Thirty-one student pharmacists completed the course evaluation survey that included questions from the IPEC Competency Survey, assessing their competency in two domains: roles and responsibilities (3 questions) and interprofessional communications (4 questions). Students responses were overwhelming positive, with 97-100% marking agree or strongly agree to the roles and responsibilities questions, and 100% marking agree or strongly agree in the communications domain. According to exit survey results, the health fair was rated excellent by 86.4% of the community participants. Verbal feedback to faculty facilitators from students and participants was positive and confirmed project success. Faculty debriefing sessions were held after each event leading to continuous quality improvements.


Interprofessional Education, Community Outreach, 2018 IPEC Fall Poster Session


Gina M. Baugh, PhamD, West Virginia University

Gretchen Garofoli, PharmD, BCACP, West Virginia University

Amy K. Burt, MOT, West Virginia University

Kimeran Evans, DPT, West Virginia University

Amy Summers, BS, West Virginia University

Amy Rodgers Smith, MMT, MT-BC, West Virginia University

Leslie Graebe, MS, CCC/SLP, West Virginia University