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The Early History of AIHC

Interprofessional education, typically elective experiences, has been present for several decades in the United States health professions education programs.  Between the 1970s and early 2000, various professional conferences focused on cross-professional practice and education were held.   While the U.S. was identified for many years as a leader in IPE programming and scholarship, international efforts in IPE progressed during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s to include the establishment of national centers and collaboratives (E.G., the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education in the United Kingdom and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative). The need for a re-envisioned IPE presence emerged during 2003 when it became clear previously held national meetings around IPE had been discontinued and there was increased international attention in this area.  In the absence of a national organization, individuals in the U.S. collaborated with CIHC to develop the first Collaborating Across Borders Conference (CAB I):  An American-Canadian Dialogue on Interprofessional Health Education.  From that effort, institutional leaders emerged with an interest to establish a U.S. based interprofessional organization, now know as the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.

AIHC Milestones

2007 First Collaborating Across Borders conference held on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, Minneapolis, sponsored with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative
2009 Group meets at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. to explore mutual interest in education for interprofessional collaboration.  Mission and values statements are drafted. The name, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative is adopted.

Information sessions hosted at the Collaborating Across Borders II conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Eighty-five participants attend a pre-conference meeting at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, to share information about IPE efforts at universities. Support for AIHC grows.

Organizational meeting is held on the University of Minnesota campus to formalize the AIHC and begin incorporation.


AIHC is incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 organization; board of directors formalized and officers elected.  Workgroups are formed to develop the organization.

The Collaborating Across Borders III conference is planned to be offered at the University of Arizona, Tucson and will launch a number of initiatives to continue organizational development.


The Collaborating Across Borders V conference is planned to be offered in Roanoke, Virginia and will launch a number of initiatives to continue organizational development. CAB V recognizes not only how far we've traveled along the interprofessional journey but also how far we still have to go.

AIHC updates corporate bylaws to support the launch of AIHC Membership