Jadesola (Jade) Giwa, DDS Candidate 2021, has received the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) Student Award for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated consistent engagement in an interprofessional collaborative practice within the clinic, classroom, and/or community.
Giwa was selected for her efforts in leading and advocating for interprofessional education and practice (IPEP) at the Adams School of Dentistry and the University as a whole. She served as the inaugural chair of the Office of the Provost Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP) Student Executive Committee (SEC) and helped develop several interprofessional activities, including the completion of the Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative.
“It means a lot to be recognized for the AIHC award,” said Giwa. “I am forever grateful for the support I have received from faculty, staff and students. I look forward to continuing our work in interprofessional teams in the near future!”
Under her leadership, the SEC has a structure and framework that supports a rich and diverse community for interprofessional engagement where students gain knowledge, expand their networks, and adopt a more holistic view of care.
She has shifted the image of IPEP from a requirement that must be checked off to something that is sought out and desired by both current and prospective students.
“Jade’s leadership has allowed us to expand interprofessional education across the UNC system, and by establishing SEC as an official student organization in 2019, publishing a student handbook and membership guide she has provided a strong foundation and sustainability for our future,” said Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice, Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN.
“She is incredibly deserving of this award, and her recognition nationally as a leader in IPEP further solidifies the Adams School of Dentistry and UNC-Chapel Hill as a leader in interprofessional education and practice.”
The AIHC is committed to the preparation and deployment of a workforce that exemplifies ethics and values for interprofessional collaboration; that understands the breadth and complexity of roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice; that has the foundational skills for effective interprofessional communication; and has the requisite competencies for interprofessional teamwork and provision of team-based care of individuals, communities, and populations.
The AIHC promotes the scholarship and leadership necessary to develop interprofessional education and transform health professions education across the learning continuum, for students, practitioners, and educators.