American Interprofessional Health Collaborative
The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) transcends boundaries to transform learning, policies, practices, and scholarship toward an improved system of health and wellness for individual patients, communities, and populations. Composing the AIHC are individuals and organizations committed to influencing a more positive future. As institutional and program leaders charged to ensure the integrity, viability, and quality of education and training programs, as leaders of policy-setting organizations and agencies committed to assuring health in all policies, and as leaders in systems impacting health and care delivery, we transcend profession- and organization-specific boundaries. We advocate for and advance the alignment of the interprofessional educational programs; the importance of interprofessional health care delivery; and the research programs that facilitate examining these education-practice linkages towards better outcomes for health and health care.


To achieve its vision, the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative:

  • Functions as the coordinating organization in the US for interprofessional developments and sharing of resources across institutions and health professions;
  • Stimulates advances in interprofessional education, research, and collaborative practice;
  • Provides a venue for networking among those with leadership responsibilities at institutions and organizations;
  • Advocates for state‐ of‐ the‐ art interprofessional collaborative care for all patients, communities, and populations.
  • Participates in global consortiums, collaborations, and conferences.

Plans for next 2 years

Please note that we are currently working on revamping the mission, vision, values and strategic priorities following our partnership with the National Center in Minnesota. We are now formally the membership wing of the National Center.
Contact Person

Christine Arenson (Chair)
Sheree Aston
James Ballard
Amy Blue
Barbara Brandt
Heather Hageman
Gail Jensen (Chair Elect)
Barbara Maxwell
Jean Nagelkerk
Devin Nickol (Secretary-Historian)
Andrea Pfeifle
Sarah Shrader (Immediate Past Chair)

Interprofessional.Global Representative

Barbara Maxwell
Professor & University Director of IPE&C
Physical Therapy
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

Dr. Barbara Maxwell is professor and University Director of Interprofessional Education & Collaboration at A.T. Still University of Health Science.
Dr. Maxwell has been involved in interprofessional education and collaborative practice since the late 1980’s when she was involved with interprofessional teams in cardiac rehabilitation, and with rapid response community teams for individuals recovering from stroke.

She has worked in this field in the UK, Hong Kong, and in the US and is active in the IPE world both nationally and internationally.

She serves on the advisory board of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC), and is the American representative to Interprofessional.Global. Dr. Maxwell is a member of the Council of the National Academies of Practice and serves as the Chair of the National Academy of practice for physical therapy. An ambassador for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and a member of the InterprofessionalResearch.Global, an international group that brings together experts in the field to advance interprofessional practice, research, and theory generation, at the global level.

She has the following responsibilities in Interprofessional.Global:

  • Communications
  • Policy (Co-facilitator)
  • Research
  • Funding