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A new health care leadership series aims to mentor academic partners in rural and underserved clinics in East Tennessee.

The program, funded through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, includes UT’s College of Nursing as well as graduate and executive education programs in the Haslam College of Business, which are responsible for co-planning the curriculum.

The series, Academic Practice Partners Leadership, includes leaders and clinicians from two federally qualified health centers, Chota Community Health Services and Community Health of East Tennessee.

Victoria P. Niederhauser
Victoria Niederhauser

“This unique program, one of the first of its kind, is building strong partnerships between the university and the clinical sites where our family nurse practitioner students learn,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “We created the program with our practice partners to strengthen their clinical outcomes as well as the experience for our students.”

Participants take two 8-hour classes each month from November 2015 to May 2016.

Topics include improving the health of populations, patient-centered care and coaching, patient-provider communications, managing change in the health care environment, process and quality improvement, personal and team leadership development, and mentoring and communication techniques.

Bruce Behn150
Bruce Behn

“Across-campus partnerships such as these leverage UT’s expertise to maximize educational impact for our participants,” said Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive programs in the Haslam College of Business. “This program is exactly the type of partnership we seek with our colleagues and the community.”

More information about Haslam College of Business graduate and executive education programs is available online.


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