Collaboration & Advisement
The PPC collaborates with and provides technical assistance to Title V and other MCH agencies at the local, state, regional and national levels in order to improve child health outcomes in our region.. Trainees have the opportunity to be involved with advocacy, training, policy development, research and clinical excellence through the activities of this center. Examples of important collaborations are highlighted below.
- Collaboration with Children’s Medical Services (CMS) includes direct care and care coordination for CSHCN, expanding distance education programs, standard setting, evaluation of client satisfaction and patient advocacy. PPC faculty and staff serve as consultants to CMS, Medicaid and home care providers in the ongoing work of setting policy for home care of children with complex care needs. They also provide technical assistance to the Health Department and local providers regarding sleep and home technology issues. In addition to longstanding PPC clinical service and technical assistance to CMS outreach clinics in Panama City and Tallahassee, the PPC now provides monthly outreach clinics, including technical assistance, to the Daytona CMS program.
- The PPC collaborate with the Area Health Education Centers on providing educational programs for a variety of health care professionals including those in rural settings where training is less available.
- Development of transition programs, in collaboration with the Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP), continues to progress. A modified ICHP transition tool is given to adolescents and used as a guide to transition discussions.
- Local and State collaboration with Title V and non-Title V agencies is facilitated by our Community and State Advisory Boards. The Community Advisory Board (CAB) comprises representatives of local community organizations, including Medicaid, Children’s Medical Services, the UF Colleges of Nursing and Education and several more organizations. Plans are being developed between the UF College of Education, Medicaid, the UF PPC and the Shands Department of Cardiorespiratory care to expand and collaborate on efforts to educate students in elementary and middle school (early in the pipeline) about health professions.
- Nationally, faculty provide leadership in collaborative programs that make a difference in the care of children, such as the national Sleep Fellowship Policy development program, the national MCHB working group on Family Centered and Family Directed Care, the Cystic Fibrosis Education Committee, the MCHB Orientation Module Ad Hoc Committee and the MCHB All Grantees Planning Committee. They conduct MCHB and HRSA grant reviews, site visits and consultation to State Title V programs. They also participate in national collaborative research efforts including Phase III of the Multicenter Infection Control Study, CF, growth hormone and gene therapy research and development of a national fatty acid oxidation registry and database. Additional technical assistnace includes grant reviews, site visits and consultation to Title V programs.
- The seven national PPCs collaborated to develop an online educational module entitled “Cross Cultural Health Care – Case Studies.” This educational offering consists of a series of five tutorials in cultural competence, aimed at familiarizing health care providers with common issues that arise while working with people of diverse cultures. Each tutorial consists of a home page to introduce the topic and define concepts, a case story to illustrate the topic, a multimedia lecture about the topic, and a series of learning activities to engage the learner in applying the concepts to the case story.
- The Guidelines for the Delegation of Care for Students with Asthma in Florida Schools were completed in 2005 and disseminated in paper form and on the web in spring 2006. This year video training programs for all school personnel were produced by the PPC faculty and broadcast statewide via both Department of Education and the Department of Health systems, making them available in every school, health department and CMS office in the state. 380 school personnel at 26 sites were trained.