The WVU Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education (IPE) Speaker Series will continue this year. A presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Hostler Auditorium, located on the ground floor of HSC North. Lauri Andress, Ph.D., J.D., will discuss "Juggling the Dimensions of Food Access and the Impact on Diet and Nutrition: Perceptions of Low-Income Residents in West Virginia."

Dr. Andress is an assistant professor in the WVU School of Public Health Department of Health Policy, Management and Leadership. Participating panel members include Courtney Newkirk, Brenda L. Fisher, Anna Scott, Anne M. MacBride, Jodi McQuillan and Heidi Staats. The discussion will cover focus group results from WIC clients and a community-based care project funded by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The HSC IPE Speaker Series, developed by Rachel T. Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., for the HSC Office for Interprofessional Education, was approved as an ongoing program in August 2014. It will provide continuing education credits (CDE, CME, CNE, CPH, Certificate of Attendance for OT and PT and pending credits for pharmacy) for the various disciplines through July 31, 2016.

"The IPE Speaker Series is integral to the educational efforts of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health as well as continuing education for healthcare professionals," Dr. Abraham said. "The theme for the second year is 'IPE in Action.'"

This year's speakers have been awarded grants from the WVU HSC Office of IPE, through funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support interprofessional practice through community-campus partnerships led by WVU HSC faculty and students.

For catering purposes, those planning to attend the Sept. 9 presentation should RSVP to by Thursday, Sept. 3.