PPC Leadership Training Program

The Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Program at the University of Florida develops leaders in all disciplines who will improve the health of children with respiratory conditions. The training program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to teach the core values of cultural competence and family centered-community based care.

Our Team

Ellen K Bowser

Ellen K Bowser MS, RN, RD, LD

PPC Faculty Nutritionist
Phone: (352) 273-8380
Elizabeth A LeFave

Elizabeth A LeFave DNP, APRN, PNP-BC, AE-C

PPC Faculty Nurse
Phone: (352) 294-5252
Angela M Miney

Angela M Miney BA

Family Partner
Phone: (352) 273-8508
Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner M.D.

Clinical Professor
Phone: (352) 273-8380
Tatianna L K Pulcini

Tatianna L K Pulcini LCSW

PPC Faculty Social Worker
Phone: (352) 627-9325
David A Fedele
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

David A Fedele Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor & Child/Pediatric Area Head
Phone: (352) 294-5765
Dawn J Baker

Dawn J Baker APRN, CCRC

Coordinator Of Clinical Programs
Phone: (352) 273-8381

Mission Statement & Goals

The UF Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) trains interdisciplinary students and workforce members (medicine, social work, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and family members) to be leaders in the interdisciplinary, individual and population- based care of children and youth with chronic respiratory conditions and, more generally, special healthcare needs (CYSHCN). PPC activities address the needs of underserved individuals and groups and focus on equity in healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

Read more about the rationale for the PPC Training Program


  1. Provide high quality, interdisciplinary leadership training in a range of primary care, public health, and specialty care settings to diverse long, medium, and short – term trainees/fellows from the core disciplines, in preparation for leadership roles in Maternal and Child Health.
  2. Build family/youth engagement capacity by enhancing the knowledge and skills of family trainees, emerging professionals, and existing faculty, providing Continuing Education (CE) and Technical Assistance (TA) sessions each year, and impacting the Florida Family Leaders’ Network (FFLN).
  3. Improve access to and quality of care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) using telecommunication, telehealth and social media platforms using developmentally appropriate established models of learning.
  4. Provide and evaluate CE, subject matter expertise/TA/collaboration related to CYSHCN to the existing workforce to improve family centered, culturally competent systems of care.
  5. Participate in multiple recruitment, retention, CE and TA activities to support diverse and underrepresented trainees, faculty and workforce members in order to improve the quality of care, increase cultural and linguistic competence and to address disparities in the systems of care for CYSHCN.


PPC-Developed Resources for the MCH Library at Georgetown University

  • Sleep in Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women: Knowledge Path
  • Sleep in Babies, Kids, Teens, and Pregnant Women: Resources for Families
  • Sleep: Resources for Schools
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Resources for Professionals
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Resources for Families

In the News

Ellen K Bowser, Named the 2019 Outstanding…

Ellen Bowser - 2019 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Pediatric Sleep Education Modules: Free CME!

Sleeping Child

Elise Bloch discusses Patient and Family Centered…

Changing Landscape of Patient and Family-Centered Care


Making Lifelong Connections 2018

Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCH Trainees.

The University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center hosted the 2018 national “Making Lifelong Connections: A Leadership, Networking, and Career Development Meeting for Current and Former MCHB Trainees” (MLC). This meeting brings together students and professionals from various healthcare disciplines who are participating in, or who have previously participated in, graduate-level Interdisciplinary Leadership Training Programs funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).