UNCCH’s vision for IPE extends beyond the health affairs schools, building on partnerships with the schools of Business, Education, and Social Work to maximize impact and create a diverse and caring workforce ready to work together for a healthier population. At other universities, IPE is generally thought of as an innovative approach for healthcare provider education; and taught within the health affairs schools. At UNCCH, the Executive Chancellor and Provost, the Assistant Vice Provost for IPE, and Deans from schools/departments across campus, understand that health is more than healthcare.
In 2018, recognizing a need for an official presence that would take IPE beyond a component of accreditation to a cornerstone of the Carolina experience, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin, PharmD established the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice and appointed Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RNL, CNL, associate professor at the School of Nursing and Josiah Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar, to lead the Office as Carolina’s first Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice.