Jun 18, 2008    #069
Contact: John Austin

UMKC School of Nursing co-sponsoring 2008 Title X National Clinical Conference Continuing education opportunity designed specifically for Title X family-planning clinicians

Keeping up with continuing education requirements is an ongoing challenge for most busy health care professionals. That challenge is often magnified for a nurse practitioner or other health care professional working in one of the approximately 4,400 Title X-funded clinics across the nation. Cost is certainly one of the major challenges many of these clinicians face. Equally challenging, however, is finding a conference with a comprehensive curriculum designed to address the specific needs of health care professionals working in Title X clinics.

Those cost and curriculum concerns were the driving force in the creation of the first annual Title X National Clinical Conference (NCC), which will be held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO (just outside Denver), Aug. 3-5, 2008.

The conference will feature two days of current, evidence-based information on family planning and related preventive health issues. The focus will be on emerging national standards of care, pertinent clinical topics, clinical education and counseling issues and techniques. Educational objectives will be met through didactic presentations as well as hands-on skills practicum sessions.

‘The goal of the conference is not only to provide an opportunity for health care professionals in Title X settings to earn accredited continuing education hours, but to make it both affordable and accessible,” said Marji Datwyler, continuing education coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing, one of the conference’s co-sponsors. “Many of these clinics, and the clinicians who staff them, operate on shoestring budgets and simply cannot afford the costs associated with attending some of the larger family planning or reproductive health conferences.”

Other organizations participating in supporting the conference include the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (CTCFP), Development Systems, Inc.(DSI), and ABcomm, Inc. CTCFP is a federally funded initiative established to prepare clinical preceptors to provide support for new or less experienced family planning providers across the nation. The UMKC School of Nursing currently administers the CTCFP program. DSI is a non-profit training and consulting organization that serves as a regional training center for family planning, HIV and STIs, and is an approved provider of continuing education programs for nurses. ABcomm is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Registration for the NCC is $99 for Title X clinicians. Non-Title X health care professionals are also encouraged to attend and can register for $349. Registration deadline is July 3, 2008.

For more information on the Title X National Clinical Conference, please visit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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