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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: University of Wisconsin MCH Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

Web Site: University of Wisconsin Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Vivek Balasubramaniam
Project Director
University of Wisconsin
21 N. Park Street
Suite 6401
Madison, WI  53715
Phone: 608-262-7457

Goals and Objectives:

Problem/Need: Caring for CYSHCN with chronic respiratory conditions has become more complex as greater numbers are surviving respiratory illnesses due to advances in technology and improved treatments. The current workforce in pediatric pulmonary is insufficient to meet the needs, especially of children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN). In the five core disciplines of medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, and family leadership there are few professionals with specific training in CYSHCN with pediatric pulmonary diseases -- other than past PPC trainees. Therefore, many healthcare organizations must use providers from these disciplines who lack specific training in pediatric pulmonary diseases. The University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center (UWPPC) will improve the health of CYSHCN by training leaders to provide interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent, community based care.


The UW PPC faculty consisting of the PPC core disciplines, and respiratory care, is responsible for training, continuing education and technical assistance for community care providers, MCH, and Title V programs. Long-term leadership training is based on the goals and objectives of the PPC core curriculum. Learning activities addressing competency areas are completed through Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) collaboratively negotiated between trainees and PPC faculty preceptors. The core curriculum includes: 1) Online PPC graduate course "Interdisciplinary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs;" 2) Clinical practica experiences at American Family Children's Hospital and community-based sites; 3) Participation in community outreach, mentoring by families, consultation and technical assistance; 4) Participation in research appropriate for training level and commitment; 5) Capstone experience. Innovative recruitment efforts and flexible training schedules will be developed to enhance the number of qualified and diverse trainees from throughout Region V. The PPC will use appropriate resources to provide faculty development in the area of cultural/linguistic competence. In order to provide flexible and cost-effective training and CE, a number of online projects will be developed utilizing distance learning technologies, web-based applications, social networking tools and other emerging technologies.

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