IPHcCC 2020 Celebrates its Winners

GROUP PHOTO OF IPHCCC 2020 PARTICIPANTS

Teams from each of AHEC Wisconsin’s seven regional centers converged once again this year at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition. The challenge, held at the Kalahari Resort from January 9 to 10, 2020, gave both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing various healthcare careers the opportunity to collaborate in teams and exhibit their innovative solutions to contemporary healthcare dilemmas.

First-place team members were Medical College of Wisconsin students representing Milwaukee AHEC: Megan Cory (MCW, Medicine), Wasif Osmani (MCW, Medicine/PhD), and Cassandra Rucks (MCW, Pharmacy).

The second place team represented Northeastern AHEC: Bailey Morrow (Concordia University of WI, Physician Assistant), Anna Gomez (Concordia University of WI, Pharmacy), Alan Banh (Concordia University of WI, Pharmacy), Kiley Hopf (Concordia University of WI, Social Work) and Rebekah Hadle (Concordia University of WI, Occupational Therapy).

Third place went to a team representing Northwest AHEC: Ashley Rauwolf (WITC-Superior Gerontology), Kjera Gustafson (WITC-Superior AD Nursing ), and Lynette Wester (WITC-Superior, AD Nursing).

The panel of judges comprised of the following notable figures within Wisconsin’s healthcare community: Betsy Roesler, Richland County Drug Free Communities Coordinator; Rachelle Lancaster, Assistant Dean/Director of Pre- Licensure Programs at University of WI-Oshkosh; Roger Rego, CFO of Bridge Community Clinic; Kristin Stearns, Executive Director of Lakeshore Community Health Centers; and Logan Stiegman, AHEC Alumni.

The students were assigned a case encapsulating an area for healthcare improvement, and each team worked together for two months to conduct an analysis of the efforts and opportunities within this community setting.

In addition to the challenge, Wisconsin AHEC also hosted an interprofessional resource fair this year known as the I.P. Village. The walk-around fair accommodated stations for 16 professionals from multiple health professions. The hosts of the I.P. Village stations included a registered nurse, physician assistant, physician, nurse educator, EMT, public health worker, AmeriCorps member, social work and counselor/therapist. Touring the I.P. Village and talking with professionals at the stations gave students an opportunity to explore roles and responsibilities through the perspective of different healthcare professionals.

Interprofessional Village Seeking Healthcare Professionals

Wisconsin AHEC is seeking participation from health professionals representing a variety of disciplines to serve as Table Hosts at our Interprofessional Village (IP Village). The ‘IP Village’ runs concurrently with AHEC’s statewide team-based Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition.

Competing teams of college students have a strong interest in interprofessional practice and are highly motivated to talk with Table Hosts in the IP Village. Table Hosts will share their experience, insight, role, ethics, and aspects of interprofessional teamwork as related to their own discipline. They will also answer students’ questions about preparing for future practice.

Interprofessional Village Table Host

Friday, January 10, 2020
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells

Lunch will be from
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Table hosting will be from
12:30 — 3:00 p.m

Register as a Table Host for the event

Wisconsin Students Compete in Sixth Annual Statewide Healthcare Case Competition

Students from across Wisconsin, studying various health fields, earned cash prizes for winning first, second and third place at the sixth annual statewide healthcare case competition organized by Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Taking first place and a $3,000 cash prize, representing Northwest AHEC, were Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond students: Allison Mork (Associate Degree Nurse), Cerrita Houston (Associate Degree Nurse), Gina Henton (Spanish & Nursing), Kimberly Schadt (Associate Degree Nurse), Sophia Lucas (Associate Degree Nurse, Supervisory Management) and Cheryl Moore (Advisor).

Taking second place and a $2,000 cash prize, representing Northeastern AHEC, were team members: Megan Huss (UW-Green Bay, Registered Dietitian), Sarah Bedford (UW-Green Bay, Registered Dietitian), Kari Pritzl (Fox Valley Technical College, Occupational Therapy Assistant) and Laura Reynebeau (UW-Green Bay, Human Biology/Nutritional Science).

Taking third place and a $1,000 cash prize, representing Milwaukee AHEC were, Carroll University students: Ashley Labodda (Biochemistry/Pre-Med), Kate Gentry (Biology/Pre-PA), Rachel Noonan (Biology/Pre-PT), Samantha Penzkowski (Nursing), Alissa Bruening (Exercise Science) and Devanshi Patel (Advisor).

From 19 team applicants, nine finalist teams chosen and competed in the event. The teams were made up of students from private and public universities and colleges across the state, with each of the seven Wisconsin AHEC regions represented. The students were assigned a case study of a complicated situation, and worked together for two months to conduct an analysis of the efforts and opportunities at the hospital and within the community. The team then traveled to the Wisconsin Dells to present their findings and recommendations for enhanced interprofessional collaboration. On the competition day, each team presented its findings and recommendations for collaboration to a panel of judges.

The panel of judges consisted of leaders from multiple disciplines within Wisconsin’s healthcare community: R. Shelly Lancaster, Assistant Dean/Director of Pre-Licensure Programs for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Kristin Stearns, Executive Director of LakeShore Community Health Centers; Roger Rego, Finance Director of Bridge Community Health Clinic; Josh Bench, Coordinator of Pre-Health Student Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; and Andrea M. Spagnoli, Master of Public Health Student, Program Coordinator at Fostering Futures and AHEC Alumni Board member.

Wisconsin Students Compete in Statewide Healthcare Case Competition Hosted by Wisconsin AHEC

Students from across Wisconsin, studying various health fields, earned cash prizes for winning first, second and third place at a statewide healthcare case competition organized by Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) on Friday January 12, 2018.

Taking first-place and a $3,000 cash prize, representing Northeastern AHEC were team members: Adam Koopmann (Concordia University of Wisconsin, PharmD), Elizabeth Bajczyk (Concordia University of Wisconsin, PharmD), Katie Pellino (UW-Madison, MPH), and Alexandra Restaino (Concordia University of Wisconsin, OT).

Taking second-place and a $2,000 cash prize, representing South Central AHEC were team members: Delaney Cairns (UW-Madison, Pre-Med), Sarah Kohn (Madison Area Technical College, Pre-Med), Henry Thompson (Madison Area Technical College, Healthcare Chaplain), and David Scott (UW-Milwaukee, Biomedical Sciences).

Taking third-place and a $1,000 cash prize, representing Northwest AHEC were Wisconsin Indianhead Technical students: Debra Ledin (WITC, ADN), Sarah Lowe (WITC, ADN), Jamie Zar (WITC, RN), Kari Williams (WITC, RN), and Angela Berg (WITC, CNA).

Nine finalist teams chosen from 18 that applied competed in the event. The teams were made up of students from private and public universities across the state with each of the seven Wisconsin AHEC regions represented. The students were assigned a case study of a complicated situation, and worked together for two months to conduct an analysis of the efforts and opportunities at the hospital and within the community. The team then traveled to the Wisconsin Dells to present their findings and recommendations for enhanced interprofessional collaboration. On the competition day, each team presented its findings and recommendations for collaboration to a panel of judges.

The panel of judges consisted of leaders from multiple disciplines within Wisconsin’s healthcare community: Tammy L. Filipiak, Vice President of Clinical Development for Midwest Dental; R. Shelly Lancaster, Assistant Dean/Director of Pre-Licensure Programs for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Kathy Loppnow, Education Director for Health Sciences at the Wisconsin Technical College system; Kristin Stearns, Executive Director of LakeShore Community Health Centers; and Hailey Bussan, WI AHEC Alumni and UW- Madison Associate Research Specialist.

The Wisconsin AHEC System is a non-profit organization funded by federal grants, the State of Wisconsin, the state’s health professions training programs, and local communities. It consists of seven regional centers and one statewide program office. Wisconsin AHEC is a health professions education and outreach program that is part of a nationwide network of programs working to improve accessibility and quality of primary health care while encouraging universities and educators to partner in addressing local health care problems. Wisconsin AHEC provided meals and lodging for students attending the competition, along with opportunities to network with healthcare professionals from around the state. Photo album available here