The University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center (UAPPC) is part of a national network of health care training programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to enhance care for children with chronic pulmonary diseases such as asthma, neuromuscular diseases, and cystic fibrosis.
Established in 2000, the UAPPC is focused on building the capacity of health care providers to serve children with special health care needs throughout HRSA Region IX, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and numerous Pacific Ocean island communities.
The UAPPC seeks to build the skills of a broad range of health care providers – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and nutritionists – to care for these children and their families in a coordinated, interdisciplinary manner. The Center’s faculty provides academic and clinical training to advanced degree health sciences students, in-service education to medical professionals throughout Region IX, and skill-building support to parents of children with special health care needs
All MCHB training programs aim to promote comprehensive, coordinated, family centered, and culturally sensitive systems of health care that serve the diverse needs of all families within their communities.