CHP students win second place at national Clarion competition

The Wichita State and University of Kansas interdisciplinary team won second place at the annual CLARION Interprofessional National Case Competition. Students presented “Pandemics Past, Present, and Future: Emphasizing Trust & Equity in Emergency Preparedness and Response” with their analysis and implementation plans that reflect how to prepare and respond effectively to an arising pandemic. Team members from the Wichita State College of Health Professions are Taylor Lipford, (speech-language pathology), Kristen Geiger (physician associate) and Taygen Altenburg (health administration).

The team competed at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and the competition included 11 teams from universities across the country, with 47 students representing different healthcare professions. The team was coached by Sarah Flora, assistant educator with the Wichita State School of Nursing, and Mary Koehn, education associate professor with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

CLARION is a national competition dedicated to improving health care through interprofessional collaboration. Student teams are given a case and charged with creating a feasible 360-degree, interprofessional plan to address a specific health care issue. Students work as part of an interdisciplinary team and present their research to a panel of interprofessional judges.