Message from the Director
Welcome to ISCOPES!
Entering our 22nd year as an innovative interprofessional service-learning program, our adaptive model continuously evolves to reflect the changing conditions of our healthcare and health-related systems as well as the latest best practices. Our most recent evolution reflects the up-to-date needs of our students, departmental partners and their accrediting bodies, coaches and advisors, community partners, and DC Metro neighbors.
We are tremendously proud of and excited about our evolution during this critical time of healthcare reform and movement toward interprofessionalism. The health inequities in our country, the costs and challenges of our current healthcare system, and the wholly unacceptable prevalence of preventable disease and unmanaged health conditions are problems that not one of us alone can tackle. Yet, the environments in which we learn and practice the knowledge and skills necessary for making us a healthier nation make it challenging for us to effectively work together to solve these problems:
ISCOPES is committed to addressing these challenges and better meeting the health needs of our population by starting upstream. We bring emerging and current health focused professionals together to help each other think beyond traditional boundaries; learn how to affect change in individuals, families, and communities; and implement these ideas under real world conditions. Participants will begin to appreciate their own and others values and ethics, use mindful communication practices, embrace a sense of shared responsibility, and commit to a team-based, person-centered health system.
The most profound strength of ISCOPES is its people. Our program draws exceptional human beings who are committed to lifetime learning, challenging the status quo, and going above and beyond to put others before themselves.
As you explore our website, I hope that you can sense the truly special nature of our program. I welcome you to learn more about the ISCOPES community. Join us in making the evolution of health and healthcare a reality!