Funded Training Opportunity: Self-management of Chronic Conditions Communication Tool
The American Academy on Communication and Healthcare (AACH) is  pleased to offer a funding opportunity to participate in a training program aimed toward improving self-management of chronic condition.  The AACH extends this offer in a shared project with the Flinders Program from Flinders University Human Behavior and Health Research Unit in Adelaide, Australia. This project is anticipated to last 18 months and training will take place in Allentown, PA. 

For the last 15 years the Flinders Program has developed a truly patient-centered structured communication tool based on motivational interviewing that facilitates patients' engagement with self-managing their chronic condition(s), resulting in a negotiated care plan. This communication tool can be applied to any  chronic condition including, but not limited to, diabetes, weight management, depression, stress, CHF, alcoholism, cancer treatment, and chronic pain.  Application of this communication tool is appropriate for adolescents through adults. 

Selected candidates will receive an award valued at $4500 ($3500 training registration fee + $1000 travel stipend to attend the training).  

Successful applications should  include the following:
  • Project description including organizational and patient-centered goals of project, and processes for tracking outcomes including qualitative patient feedback,  and basic clinical metrics. 
  • Identification of skilled educator/facilitator with a strong interest in facilitating self-management among patients with chronic conditions. This person will agree to participate in four days of Flinders training and certification. This includes both the 2-day training for basic certification and two additional days for trainer certification. The new AACH-Flinders trained facilitator will be licensed to lead training of the basic 2-day certification only at their home institution at this time, with the goal of preparing a team of Flinders self-management coaches who will contribute to the project at the home institutions by using the tool for patient interactions. 
  • Identification of targeted patient population (i.e., diabetics with A1cs > 9).
  • Identification of targeted training audience of Flinders self-management coaches (i.e.,  care managers, medical students, or community health workers.  Training audience does not need clinical licensure).
  • Identification of a clinical project champion who will facilitate the collection of clinical metrics during the project. The skilled educator/facilitator will be the key person and trainee involved in this process. The clinical project champion will be identified to access patient data/charts or metrics to track clinical outcomes (this role could be combined with the Skilled Educator/facilitator role if appropriate)
  • Assurance that the either the champion and/or trainer will commit to participation in monthly online research collaborative meetings (60-90 minutes).
  • Agreement to transparently sharing process, progress, and aggregate outcomes with AACH, the Flinders Program, and other program participants in order to both to monitor program integrity, and opportunities for continued collaboration. 
  • Either the skilled educator/facilitator  or the clinical project champion must be an AACH member upon time of submission.   
  • Project is anticipated to last 18 months (Fall 2015-Spring 2017).
  • Deadline to submit via Survey Monkey ( Friday August 28 at 12pm EST (noon).   
  • Awards will be announced on or near Friday September 4, 2015.
  • Four day training program: Tuesday Sept 29 –  Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015 (8am - 4pm ET daily).
  • Location for training program: Allentown, PA.
  • Questions can be directed to [email protected]
  • Click here for more information on the Flinders project.
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