American Journal of Health Research

Special Issue

Interprofessional Education and Collaboration is a Call for Improvement Across the Board in the Health Sciences

  • Submission Deadline: Jan. 30, 2016
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Jewel Shepherd
About This Special Issue
Interprofessional collaboration provides an opportunity for providers of differing specialties to work together by combining their knowledge and skills to offer a more comprehension approach to problem solving in terms of research, patient care and implications. An integrated effort of engaging practitioners with varying levels of expertise allows for better decision-making, cost effectiveness, efficient system use and resource sharing. More importantly, clients and patients, particularly those in underserved areas, have the benefit of improved quality health care access when interprofessional collaboration is utilized as a strategic approach to combatting barriers.

Aims and Scope:

1. Service-Learning Education Models for Interprofessional Education Collaborative
2. Teaching Health Equity as a Component of Interprofessional Education
3. Telehealth and Interprofessional Collaborations
4. Counseling Approach to Interprofessional Collaborating
5. Ethics, Mutual Respect, and Shared Values in Interprofessional Collaborations
6. Interprofessional Collaboration Effective Communication
7. Principles of Team Dynamics in Interprofessional Collaborations
8. Multidisciplinary Approach to Reaching Health Care Goals
9. The Development of Interprofessional Collaborations
10. Dental Care Hygienists as Health Educators
11. The Growing Trends of Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Sciences Education
Lead Guest Editor
  • Jewel Shepherd

    School of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Virginia, United States

Guest Editors
  • Denise M. Claiborne

    Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, United States

  • Kaprea Johnson

    Counseling and Human Services Department, Old Dominion University, United States

  • Koren Goodman

    Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Montclair State University, Montclair, United States

  • Elizabeth Locke

    School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, 3118 Health Sciences Building, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, United States

  • sheila silva

    Universidade Sao Judas Tadeu, Departamento de Pos Graduacao em Educacao Fisica, Brazil

  • Kaprea F. Johnson

    Counseling and Human Services Department, 110 Education Building, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, United States

Published Articles
  • Interprofessionalism in the Literature: A Review of the American Journal of Health Research

    Michael T. Kalkbrenner , Jewel Goodman Shepherd , Kaprea F. Johnson , Jill D. Choudhury , Alyssa Reiter , Alexandria Russell

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016
    Pages: 44-47
    Received: May 13, 2015
    Accepted: Dec. 16, 2015
    Published: Sep. 03, 2016
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2016040201.16
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    Abstract: The purpose of this research brief was to review the available research on collaborative efforts to delivering healthcare in a health research journal. Interprofessional collaboration involves an interdisciplinary working relationship between health care providers to provide multifaceted treatment approaches to better serve clients, better educate ... Show More
  • Utilizing the Stages of Change Model to Design an Employment Readiness Training Program for High Risk Workers: A Collaborative of Community-Based Human Service Professionals and Health Sciences Educators

    Jewel Goodman Shepherd , Kaprea F. Johnson , Koren Goodman , Reverend Sylvia Copeland-Murphy

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016
    Pages: 37-43
    Received: Oct. 27, 2015
    Accepted: Oct. 28, 2015
    Published: Jun. 21, 2016
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2016040201.15
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    Abstract: Numerous factors and barriers remain a challenge for high risk workers. Programs that currently exist target self-sufficiency, yet there remains an unemployment rate that is reflective of the need to eliminate cyclical joblessness. Maintaining meaningful employment is the goal for high risk workers as well as mentoring, guidance, and prolonged enga... Show More
  • Keep It Moving: Factors to Consider in Establishing an Interprofessional Approach to Promote Physical Activity Among US Adults in the Northeast

    Sariyamon Tiraphat , Koren S. Goodman

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016
    Pages: 28-36
    Received: Sep. 14, 2015
    Accepted: Jan. 26, 2016
    Published: Jun. 17, 2016
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2016040201.14
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    Abstract: Physical inactivity is a major public health concern. In the United States (US), only 21% of adults meet the established guidelines [1]. Recommendations for adults aged 18 to 64 years include 150 minutes of moderate activity, with 2 days of muscle-strengthening to improve overall health and to lower the risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart dis... Show More
  • Professional Counseling’s Alignment with the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

    Kaprea F. Johnson , Miranda MJ Parries

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016
    Pages: 18-27
    Received: Feb. 19, 2015
    Accepted: Mar. 17, 2015
    Published: Mar. 14, 2016
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2016040201.13
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    Abstract: Previous findings show that there is a misconception of the counseling profession and a lack of awareness of their role in interprofessional collaboration; which may lead to underutilization of counselors for team based care. As an example, in 2009 six professional health related associations developed core competencies for interprofessional collab... Show More
  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Its Impact on “Climate Change”

    Stephanie L. Sanders

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016
    Pages: 4-17
    Received: May 01, 2015
    Accepted: Jun. 10, 2015
    Published: Feb. 29, 2016
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2016040201.12
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    Abstract: In recent years, the number of Black and Latino/a students enrolling in institutions of higher education have increased significantly. However, when compared to their White counterparts, persistence rates are much lower. Past research has documented both the historical and contemporary issues that Students of Color face at Predominantly White Insti... Show More
  • A “CLARION” Call for Embracing IPE as the Status Quo for Preparing Health Professionals to Engage in Interprofessional Health Research

    Kimberly Adams Tufts

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016
    Pages: 1-3
    Received: Jun. 25, 2015
    Accepted: Jun. 27, 2015
    Published: Feb. 29, 2016
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2016040201.11
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    Abstract: Complex health conditions and the social-economic determinants that contribute to disease and injury incidence, prevalence, and health inequalities require multifaceted evidence-based interventions that only interprofessional research teams who collaborate across traditional disciplinary lines can generate. Interprofessionally driven and derived re... Show More