Our Experience

Since its founding in 2003 the CPPA has grown exponentially to include partner sites throughout the country; our educational offerings are diverse and well regarded internationally; and our research continues to study the correlates of risk and, once identified, the processes and interventions that make healthcare kinder and safer.

2003-2004: The Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) becomes the home for a growing number of PARS® program partners, education program offerings, assessment studies, and PARS-related research publications. The CPPA education program on how to identify and deal with disruptive physician/faculty behavior begins to attract a national audience.

2005-2006: Requests for CPPA education programs become sufficiently numerous that training of trainers versions are now offered, and the CPPA begins to host continuing education programs for those who wish to receive training at Vanderbilt. The PARS program grows to include more than a dozen institutions across the U.S., and Ilene Moore, MD, JD joins the CPPA.

2007-2008: The PARS program grows to include nearly 30 sites nationally. Tom Catron, PhD joins the CPPA faculty as COO, and Stephen Entman, MD joins Dr. Moore as a second physician liaison to PARS sites.

2009-2010: The CPPA team grows to 32 persons, annually supporting more than 200 education programs at Vanderbilt and both nationally and internationally, and hosting increasing numbers of site visits by others interested in our work. CPPA is honored to be part of an AHRQ planning grant to introduce PARS to the Sanford Health System and assess correlations between patient complaints and staff perceptions of safety culture.