The mission of the Program for Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy (PARCKA) is to promote and provide addiction related research, clinical care, knowledge and advocacy across the University of Utah, the local community, the state, and the nation.

PARCKA provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary/interprofessional environment in the field of addiction. A new paradigm is to integrate addiction scientific discovery in an inter-professional and inter-disciplinary approach. To improve the evidence base and implementation of this type of care, a new generation of clinical investigators versed in interdisciplinary/interprofessional approaches clinical care and research are needed. The Division of Epidemiology is an ideal location to establish an interdisciplinary and interprofessional research program.

Faculty in PARCKA have either a primary appointment or secondary appointment in PARCKA through the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Internal Medicine or have an “affiliated faculty” designation. PARCKA resources allow investigators, educators, and clinicians to have a collaborative and interprofessional/interdisciplinary academic home, negating the need for each division, department, and school to develop and maintain addiction-related resources.

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