IPTA Allied Health Professional Committee

Function: The Allied Health Professional Committee focuses on uniting the allied health community to develop programs of interest and creating a forum to exchange clinical experiences worldwide.

Chair Louise Bannister, Toronto, Canada
Chair Beverly Kosmach-Park, Pittsburgh, USA
Council Liaison Debra Lefkowitz, Philadelphia, USA
   
Member Christine Divens, Pittsburgh, USA
Member Dawn Freiberger, Boston, USA
Member Laura O'Melia, Boston, USA
Member Diana Shellmer, Pittsburgh, USA
Member Jo Wray, Buckinghamshire, UK

2017-2019 Initiatives

The AHP committee is in the process of carrying out a survey to describe the demographics and interests of transplant allied health professionals. The goal is to determine how the allied health committee can encourage and increase IPTA membership, as well as foster a greater involvement in allied health activities and committee work within the organization. The committee will revise and expand the Allied Health Professional page on the IPTA website to include a mission statement, a description of the AH community in transplant and their specific roles in caring for pediatric transplant patients, committee initiatives, membership benefits, quotes from members and how to become a member. The committee also plans to explore a link for networking and the ability to post questions to other AH members. The committee plans to develop an article for publication in Pediatric Transplantation on a contemporary topic that is relevant to the AHP community in addition to participating in review of the UNOS parent manual.