NEW YORK & MIAMI (September 11, 2018) — The Parkinson’s Foundation today 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 Atlanta. The three-day interactive curriculum is provided in partnership with Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, both of which are designated Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence. The Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s course in Atlanta will take place Oct. 17-20, 2018.
“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.”
ATTP helps medical professionals from diverse disciplines to learn the best techniques in Parkinson’s disease care through a dynamic team-based approach. The program currently targets physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, physical therapists and social workers for training. The ATTP faculty consists of an interdisciplinary faculty of senior movement disorder specialists.
“Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s will change my group practice and how we interact as a team, which is critically important so that we can work together more efficiently and provide better care,” said George Wong, MD, board-certified neurologist and co-director of the Jared Neuroscience Center. “Learnings from this course enables us to excel and achieve greater levels of exceptional care.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation will be hosting future ATTP trainings in the following locations through 2021:
- The University of Iowa (Spring 2019)
- 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)
“Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s fills an important educational need for practicing health care professionals by providing updates in assessment and treatment with simultaneous training in interprofessional team-based care,” said Ruth Hagestuen, founder of the ATTP program. “A unique and important component of this program is ‘Linking Back to the Workplace’ wherein participants develop their treatment plans in the context of their unique care setting and community.”
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. To learn more, or to view a full ATTP program agenda, visit Parkinson.org/ATTP.
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.
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. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on Parkinson.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated 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 U.S. 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 U.S. alone.