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What is the Center for Interprofessional and Community Health Education?

On July 1, 2022, the Center for Interprofessional Health Education (CIHE) joined forces with the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to establish the Center for Interprofessional and Community Health Education (CICHE), in a true community-campus collaboration to strengthen the development and distribution of an effective, diverse, and collaborative health workforce for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

8 Collaborative KY Regional AHECs Served

Affecting the distribution of health professionals throughout KY

25 UK Health Professions Programs Served

Affecting interprofessional team collaboration

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Area Health Education

From UK health professions student rotations to mobile simulators, UK AHEC facilitates many operations to serve all Kentucky regions.

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Interprofessional Education

CICHE and its partners are devoted to facilitating interprofessional education experiences.

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What's Happening

AHEC and CIHE Join Forces

On July 1, 2022, UK's Area Health Education Center and Center for Interprofessional Health Education merged to create the Center for Interprofessional and Community Health Education (CICHE). Check out this story in UKNOW. 

CICHE WEBSITE LAUNCH

The CICHE website launches July 1, 2022. The AHEC and CIHE websites are no longer available. You will find all the information from the old sites reflected on ciche.uky.edu.

CICHE Board of Directors

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Center Background

Center for Interprofessional Community Health Education

On July 1, 2022, the University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC)  joined forces with the Center for Interprofessional Health Education (CIHE)  to establish the Center for Interprofessional and Community Health Education (CICHE), in a true community-campus collaboration to develop an effective, diverse, and collaborative health workforce for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

Area Health Education Center

Through UK AHEC, CICHE is engaged in a collaborative effort with the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville Health Science Center and eight regional centers to positively affect the distribution of health professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The eight regional centers, or AHECs are strategically located throughout the state. To learn more about the importance of AHECs, please visit the National AHEC Organization Website.

Center for Interprofessional Health Education

The Center is dedicated to providing leadership and sustaining the infrastructure that enables our students to acquire the critical competencies of interprofessional team-based care. CIHE got its name in 2014 when the University of Kentucky Center for Interprofessional HealthCare Education, Research and Practice decided to focus on the educational implications of interprofessional education. The original center was established on June 14, 2010, by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the explicit purpose of promoting teamwork and excellence in patient- and community-centered care through interprofessional education, research, and practice.

Core Competencies of Interprofessional Team-based Care

1) Values / Ethics - Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values

2) Roles/Responsibilities - Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients and populations served

3) Interprofessional Communication - Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.

4) Teams and Teamwork - Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient- and population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

These competencies are taken from the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.