Award for Excellence in Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice

In 2018, 20 people from the IHP and Harvard Medical School responsible for the Crimson Care Collaborative shared the Award for Excellence in Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice. The initiative is a collaboration between the Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Dental School in which IHP nurse practitioner and physician assistant studies students provide patient care working in teams with Harvard students at multiple locations throughout Greater Boston. Supported by a $1.4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the CCC has pioneered a co-precepting model that integrates the IPEC competencies in faculty development and teaching sessions. Students have presented scholarly work at national conferences based upon their experiences, and the share of Institute nurse practitioner graduates employed in medically underserved communities has increased 53 percent.

The recipients are:

  • From the IHP: Patricia Ready, DNP-FNP-BC, FNAP, Antonia Makosky, DNP, MSN, MPH, ANP-BC, Joshua Merson, MPAS, MS-HPEd, PA-C, EM-CAQ, and Rebecca Nuerenberger, MSN;
  • From Crimson Care Collaborative: Marya Cohen, MD, MPH, Susan M. Edgman- Levitan, PA, Pat Gavin, Amy Weinstein, MD, and Rachael Williams;
  • From Crimson Care Collaborative Student Leaders: Francesca Barrett, Smitha Ganeshan, and Deanna Palenzuela;
  • From Crimson Care Collaborative Site Directors: Jacqueline Chu, MD, Shiri Feingold, MD, Kirsten Meisinger, MD,  Kristen Remus, MD, Kevin Sullivan, MD, MPH, Matthew Tobey, MD, Kate Wren, MD, and Neda Yousif, MD.

The award was presented at the 2018 fall Faculty Convocation.

2018 Video to Accompany the Award Presentation​

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See prior year recipients.


This award honors an individual or team that has distinguished itself in advancing interprofessional education or practice (IPE/P) within, or in collaboration with, MGH Institute of Health Professions.    


If an individual recipient, the award winner will hold a faculty appointment or serve as a term lecturer at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Team nominees must include an IHP faculty member to be eligible for the award.  


A committee with representation from faculty, administration, and students will evaluate the nominees' qualifications for evidence of:

  • Vision and commitment to advancing interprofessional education or practice.  
  • A collaborative approach to communicating and working with relevant stakeholder groups when implementing interprofessional initiatives.
  • Exemplary high quality work that is theory or evidence based and illustrative of best practice.
  • Evaluation of the interprofessional work and use of data to inform process improvement and document impacts.
  • Commitment to sharing expertise and results by:
    • Serving as a mentor or role model in enhancing IPE/P
    • Scholarly impact though dissemination of work through peer-reviewed publication or other methods


The award will be announced and presented at the Institute’s annual Academic Convocation. The individual or team being recognized will be presented with a financial token of appreciation and a commemorative plaque. This award will only be given when there is a qualified nominee and does not need to be given every year.


  • All Institute faculty, staff, and students are eligible to nominate their colleagues and collaborators for this award.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15th
  • Completed nominations will include:
    • A cover letter from the nominator(s) describing how the nominated individual or team meets the award criteria
    • Supporting materials, as appropriate (e.g. supporting letters from stakeholders; course or program evaluation results; samples of peer-reviewed publications resulting from nominee’s IPE/P efforts, etc.). Nominators may inform the nominee and enlist their assistance in gathering supporting material.
    • Please send the complete packet as a single PDF to