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Duke School of Nursing and UC Davis Partner on Innovative Care Program

Duke School of Nursing and UC Davis Partner on Innovative Care Program

Durham, NC…Duke University School of Nursing and the University of California, Davis Extension are joining forces to bring Duke’s innovative nursing Population Care Coordinator Program to Northern California. Population Care Coordinators are specially-trained nurses who work closely with primary care physicians and care teams to implement patient-centered approaches in health care.

Created by Duke, the 14-week Population Care Coordinator Program is designed to help nurses develop crucial competencies in population health management, care team leadership, health coaching, behavior change and patient self-management. The program will be taught by Duke University School of Nursing faculty with the curriculum localized by UC Davis faculty and regional experts.

“We look forward to working with UC Davis and those Northern Californian nurses who will be at the forefront of delivering high-quality, comprehensive patient-centered care,” said Catherine L. Gilliss, dean of Duke University School of Nursing. “We will work with UC Davis to tailor our educational program to address the health care practices in the region that directly affect the health of patients and their families.”

“By combining Duke’s cutting edge online curriculum and UC Davis’ expertise and knowledge of healthcare in the region, we’re delivering a national program with unique local emphasis,” said Susan Catron, EdD, Director of Health Sciences for UC Davis Extension. “This partnership is a win for everyone – the schools, local health care professionals, and the patients they serve.”

Population Care Coordinators (PCC) empower patients to participate actively in improving their own health care through personalized care that target each patient’s specific health care issues and needs. With support from Population Care Coordinators, patients with chronic illness are able to better manage their health conditions, adhere to treatment plans and, ultimately, avoid costly hospital readmissions or visits to emergency departments.

Training for the program is delivered in an online format supplemented with three intensive face-to-face sessions planned and administered by UC Davis. The first cohort at UC Davis will begin on January 24, applications are currently being accepted. A residency component of the course integrates coursework with skills learned to give students real-world understanding and experience in the role of Population Care Coordinator. The program is also open to other members of the care team who may benefit, including health coaches, health educators and social workers.

The total cost of the program is $3,500. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate from Duke University School of Nursing and 90 hours of continuing education credit.

For more information about the program at UC Davis Extension, contact Susan Catron at sdcatron@ucdavis.edu or (530) 754-9158.

About Duke University School of Nursing

A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college.

About UC Davis Extension

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With nearly 50,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

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