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Clinical Translation Science Award (CTSA)

To improve human health and wellness, new scientific discoveries must be make their way (or be “translated”) from laboratories into real people’s lives. Clinical translational science is the study of how this process happens. National Institute of Health (NIH) funded CTSA brings together research investigators, community clinicians, clinical practices, networks, professional societies, and industry to improve human health. They specialize in transforming the efficiency and quality with which clinical and translational research emerge to make real differences in people’s lives. Iowa PCA and four member health centers (Community Health Care, Inc. – Davenport; Primary Health Care, Inc. – Des Moines; Peoples Community Health Clinic – Waterloo; and Siouxland Community Health Center – Sioux City) have teamed up with The University of Iowa on projects in the chronic disease arena, focusing on the areas of diabetes and asthma, particularly in self-management and innovative patient education.  For more information about the CTSA, visit the University of Iowa website here


Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center

The Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC) provides education and training on the latest public health techniques and practices for professionals and students in the public health field in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The UMPHTC serves the region through the identification of areas of need in public health workforce capacity, and through the development of curriculum and methodologies that will meet those needs, strengthening the competencies and capabilities of public health practitioners, students and faculty. Promoting partnership and collaboration, this training center maximizes the most efficient use of resources for public health workforce development.

UMPHTC is working with the Iowa PCA to develop a PCA Training and Resource Center. This web-based resource will provide a list of trainings and resources within the 16 domain areas of the CHC Management Competency initiative. Available trainings and resources will be linked to the more than 140 competency statements determined to be essential for all senior managers and supervisors of community health centers.  For more information on the UMPHTC, visit their website here

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