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Parkinson’s Foundation Hosts Professional Education Training in Iowa City

Partnership with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

NEW YORK & MIAMI—February 13, 2019—The Parkinson’s Foundation announced the location of its signature professional education program course, Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s, ATTP®, for health care professionals treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, in Iowa City. The three-and-a-half-day interactive curriculum is provided in partnership with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, a designated Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. The Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s course in Iowa City, Iowa, will take place March 27-30, 2019.

“The Parkinson’s Foundation is committed to providing healthcare professionals with the latest research and best practices that improve care for people living with Parkinson’s disease,” said John L. Lehr, president and chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Attendees will learn to deliver personalized and patient-centered care at the right time throughout the continuum of the disease.”

Designed to increase knowledge about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and build capacity for comprehensive interprofessional care in the treatment of the disease, ATTP helps medical professionals from diverse disciplines learn the best techniques in PD care through a dynamic team-based approach. The program currently targets physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, music therapists, speech language therapists, physical therapists and social workers for training. The ATTP faculty consists of an interdisciplinary faculty of senior movement disorder specialists.

“We are delighted to host this unique interdisciplinary program at our recently designated Center of Excellence at the University of Iowa,” said Ergun Uc, MD, professor of neurology and director of the Division of Movement Disorders with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. “Building upon our strengths in providing world-class care for patients and conducting leading-edge research, our support from the Parkinson’s Foundation is allowing us to expand our interdisciplinary care, to increase our community involvement and educational activities for other health care professionals and patients across Iowa, and to attain even greater heights in the treatment of everyone affected by Parkinson’s disease.”

Since 2002, ATTP has trained more than 2,000 health care professionals in the United States and Canada on best practices based on the latest research in Parkinson’s disease care. In 2018 alone, over 200 health professionals were trained who went on to provide direct care to over 30,000 Parkinson’s patients and 25,000 care partners in the last year.

The dynamic, interactive course features a combination of online courses and an intensive curriculum including CME/CEU credit for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and allied health professionals. The training includes interactive case presentations, care planning with people with Parkinson’s and caregivers, discipline specific breakout sessions, interdisciplinary team development sessions, patient and caregiver panels and individual and team planning for linking back to the workplace.

The Parkinson’s Foundation will be hosting future ATTP trainings in the following locations through 2021:

  • The Medical University of South Carolina (Fall 2019)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Spring 2020)
  • Struthers Minneapolis (Fall 2020)
  • Oregon Health & Science University (Spring 2021)
  • University of Kansas Medical Center (Fall 2021)

ATTP is part of the Parkinson’s Foundation professional educational offerings including Physical Therapy Faculty Program, The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program, webinars and online courses. For more information, visit Parkinson.org/ProfessionalEducation.

To learn more, or to view a full ATTP program agenda, visit Parkinson.org/ATTP.

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About the Parkinson’s Foundation 
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease 
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

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