The National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) and Gundersen Lutheran are teaming up to try to stop child abuse and neglect.
The two organizations signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to formally make the NCPTC part of Gundersen Lutheran Health System.
Gundersen Lutheran says the partnership will allow the NCPTC to be able to train healthcare professionals across the country in addition to training teachers, law enforcement officers and childcare providers. The affiliation is anticipated to be complete in 2013, making it the first-of-its-kind program in the country.
"It guarantees the center will never end until child abuse does. If we can get a handle on child abuse, we will do a better job at getting a handle on literally hundreds of social ills in our country," said the Director of the NCPTC Victor Vieth.
The NCPTC’s headquarters is at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Since it began in 2003, NCPTC staff has trained more than 70,000 child protection professionals in all 50 state and 17 countries.
Gundersen Lutheran says it’s committed to developing a clinical training component for healthcare professionals, starting with staff at its organization.