Collaborating Across Borders

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Collaborating Across Borders VIII: Hope and Trust in Health and Social Care

Virtual: May 16-18, 2023 (Pre-conference: May 15, 2023)

Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) is the premier North American conference focused on interprofessional education and collaborative healthcare. The CAB Conference was first launched in 2007 as a venue where educators, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, patients/family partners and students from both sides of the Canada-US border could engage in rich productive dialogue. The conference has expanded to a global audience in the last 15 years.

The eighth Collaborating Across Borders (CAB VIII) conference will be held virtually from May 15 – 18, 2023. CABVIII is hosted by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education (CACHE) in collaboration with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC). The theme of the conference is Hope and Trust in Health and Social Care. CAB VIII continues the tradition of focusing on advances in interprofessional practice and education, research and innovation, and policy, systems and leadership with a newly added francophone stream.

Conference Dates:

  • May 15, 2023 (pre-conference)
  • May 16 – 18, 2023 (virtual conference)

Call for Abstracts:

  • The Call for Abstracts is now closed.

Visit the Collaborating Across Borders VIII conference website for more information!

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Collaborating Across Borders 2007 - 2019

The National Center invites you to contribute to the growth of the Collaborating Across Borders collection by submitting your documents, memories, photos, and any material you have that helps document the rich history established during the past ten years. Contact us so we can help add your material to the collection.



CAB I - Minneapolis

October 24-26, 2007

CAB II - Halifax

May 20-22, 2009

CAB I provided a venue for American and Canadian health professionals, policy makers, educators, and students to discuss topics in peer-reviewed sessions related to innovations in curriculum and instruction, faculty development, policy development, technology-enhanced IPE, and new models of care. Emphasis was on evidence for best practices, showcasing outcomes, and sharing lessons learned. There was a special effort to actively incorporate students’ views. Canada hosted CAB II- Building Bridges Between Interprofessional Education and Practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference title reflected the importance of establishing relationships and networks to promote the further development of the relationship between IPE and IPP. Several initiatives were facilitated by these exchanges including the creation of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC), modeled after the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).


CAB III - Tucson

November 19-21, 2011

CAB IV - Vancouver

June 12-14, 2013

CAB I and CAB II provided a solid foundation for sharing expertise, experience and best practices for designing and implementing IPE across “borders”. CAB III: Interprofessional Education in the 21st Century was co-hosted by the AIHC and CIHC. The conference focus was on the development of: interprofessional competence; strategies for preparing students for interprofessional collaborative practice; tailoring of learning environments for interprofessional team preparation; infrastructure, culture, and faculty leadership for interprofessional programs; and a spectrum of policy issues. The theme of CAB IV was Transformative Change from the Classroom to Practice. We hear often that preparing future and current health care providers and leaders to collaborate within and across professions is best represented by a continuum of learning and application. Whether a student, health care practitioner, educator, patient, patient advocate, system leader, or policy-maker, the CAB IV conference emphasized important opportunities for attendees to enhance their ability to collaborate and to teach collaboration so that ultimately, we help to improve health outcomes.


CAB V - Roanoke

September 29-October 2, 2015

CAB VI - Banff

October 1-4, 2017

The CAB V conference theme was The Interprofessional Journey: Advancing Integration and Impact reflected the importance of integration and impact as they play a role in the preparation of future health professionals. Continuing the traditions established by previous CAB conferences by focusing on interprofessional education, practice, leadership and policy in a North American context, the conference featured best practices, showcase evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking. Collaborating Across Borders VI built upon the highly successful CAB Conference series (I, II, III, IV, and V), CAB VI linked educators, researchers, practitioners, students and patients from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership and policy in North America.


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CAB VII - Indianapolis

October 20-23, 2019

CAB VII brought together learners, scholars, and practitioners in the field of interprofessional education and (or for) collaborative patient-centered (or person-centered) care to:

  • Share the latest knowledge about interprofessional education and collaborative practice
  • Discuss important issues related to interprofessional education and collaborative practice, including policy issues, and how they might be addressed
  • Form collaborative relationships

Collaborating Across Borders VII was held on October 20-23, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.