Health Professions Scholars Meet in the Nation’s Capital for IPE Leadership Symposium 


he Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) recently held its three-day Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Student Leadership Symposium from June 26-28 in Washington, DC. The 2015 Student Leadership Symposium brought together 40 students, guiding them in their own implementation of a micro-grant funded, community-based health education project. The 2015 class of APTR Paul Ambrose Scholars is comprised of students from 36 institutions across the nation representing medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, public health, physical/occupational therapy, and graduate nursing disciplines who are dedicated to bringing health promotion and preventive approaches to health professions education and their communities.

Interprofessional Development

Throughout the leadership development program, participants attended presentations focused on perspectives on prevention, health care and the economy, health policy advocacy, project planning and community organizing, health literacy, funding opportunities, media relations, social determinants of health, and careers in public health and prevention. The symposium provided an interprofessional opportunity for students to learn leadership and organizational skills from expert faculty in the field of prevention and population health. AACOM was a sponsor of this year’s symposium. 

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP) is planned and implemented by APTR and sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PASP seeks to meet the current and future health needs of the public by providing mini-grant funds to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within a student's community or at their academic institution. Learn more about the program at the APTR’s Paul Ambrose Scholars Program web page.

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July/August 2015
Vol. 9, No. 7/8