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November 11, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    
Contact: Lauren El-Assad


Center for Health IPE to Induct 2021 Cohort of Health IPE Fellows

AUSTIN, Texas — The Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) will induct the 2021 cohort of Health IPE Fellows at a private ceremony and reception on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Dell Medical School’s Health Learning Building. The inductees are:  
College of Pharmacy 
  • Renee’ Acosta, RPh, MS, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Clinical Professor
  • Kristin Janzen, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dell Medical School 
  • Elizabeth Blankenship, PA-C, FHM, Associate Provider & Affiliate Faculty
  • Isaac Lavie, MD, Assistant Professor
Dell Medical School & Steve Hicks School of Social Work 
  • Jesús Ortega, LMSW, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Heather Van Diest, LCSW, MPH, Senior Social Worker & Assistant Professor of Practice

McCombs School of Business

  • Kristie Loescher, MPH, DBA, SHRM-SCP, Assistant Dean for Instructional Innovation & Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing 

  • Patricia Hamilton-Solum, PhD, RN, IBCLC, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Ana Todd, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Clinical Assistant Professor

Steve Hicks School of Social Work 

  • Joan Asseff, LCSW-S, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Mary Mulvaney, LMSW, Clinical Professor Emerita  
The invitation-only ceremony will be led by the Center for Health IPE Founding Steering Committee members: Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW (Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Dell Medical School), John Luk, MD (Dell Medical School), Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN (School of Nursing), and Veronica Young, PharmD, MPH (College of Pharmacy and Director of the Center for Health IPE).
Health IPE Fellows represent the highest level of IPE ambassadorship and promote interprofessional education and practice among health professions learners in all stages of their careers. Through their contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service, Health IPE Fellows transform health care delivery and advance population health. These inductees join the inaugural cohort of Health IPE Fellows who were inducted in 2019.
About the Center for Health IPE
The UT Austin Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education’s mission is to lead innovative interprofessional education, practice, and scholarship that advances collaborative person-centered health care and population health. The Center for Health IPE is housed in the School of Nursing, 1710 Red River Street, Austin, Texas. Veronica Young, Director, may be reached at and 512.475.9755. Lauren El-Assad, Assistant Director, may be reached at and 512.471.9606. Learn more at
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