Published with permission of the Editorial Board, Journal of the National AHEC Organization. Definitive version appears in the Spring 2013 issue, pages 24-27.


Forming collaborative, interprofessional partnerships to facilitate the education of future healthcare providers to serve diverse cultures is an overarching goal of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and supported by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2005). This article describes the process of creating and sustaining a collaborative interprofessional health promotion and educational project with an old order Mennonite (OOM) community in south central Kentucky. This ongoing project began over a decade ago and involves the collaborative efforts of the South Central Kentucky AHEC, the School of Nursing at Western Kentucky University (WKU), a family practice residency program affiliated with the University of Louisville but located at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, KY, and family members residing in an OOM community.


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