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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: University of Arizona MCH Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

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Project Director(s):

Cori Daines, MD
Project Director
University of Arizona
PO Box 245073
Tucson, AZ  85724
Phone: (520) 626-7780
Email: cdaines@arc.arizona.edu

Goals and Objectives:

The numbers of children with chronic pulmonary disorders is steadily rising. Asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF) and sleep disordered breathing (SDB) are the most frequent disorders encountered. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2005-2010 National Hospital Discharge Survey, diseases of the respiratory system were the top reason for hospitalization for children under fifteen years of age, accounting for over a half-million hospitalizations. In addition to asthma, CF and SDB, the number of children reliant on advanced technology has swelled in recent decades. The goal of the Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) is to provide interdisciplinary leadership training for graduate and postgraduate level health professionals who will show leadership in health care for children with chronic respiratory conditions. Trainees are involved in clinical care, didactic sessions, research experiences, and the development of educational programs and multimedia projects to be disseminated through the Internet. In providing the clinical training component, the PPC will also provide direct services to children and families in a family-centered, community-based, culturally appropriate comprehensive interdisciplinary fashion and will provide relevant regional and national continuing education for practicing MCH professionals at all levels. It is the focus of this grant to formalize and expand training efforts already in place at The University of Arizona to foster state-of-the-art, family-centered, community-based, culturally appropriate comprehensive interdisciplinary care locally, and throughout Region IX. Service and training will be rendered in Tucson, Arizona and at outreach clinics. Arizona lies within US Department of Health and Human Services, Region IX, a large region with a very diverse population encompassing Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. Region IX is blessed with tremendous ethnic diversity. In many communities the majority group is not European in ancestry, but Native American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islander, Asian American or African Americans. Paradigms of disease vary widely amongst these groups, resulting in significant variation in concepts of disease causation, importance and treatment. Rather than a challenge, we see this as an opportunity to both enrich trainee education in cultural competence and alternative/traditional medicine, and to recruit the next generation of MCH leaders from among this rich tapestry of cultural diversity. We are the only PPC in this geographically expansive and ethnically diverse region. However, the strengths of The University of Arizona in the areas of telemedicine, long-distance education, multimedia education and pediatric pulmonology lend themselves to accepting such a challenge.

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