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UCA established the Urgent Care Foundation as the singular, nationally recognized entity devoted to enhancing the awareness of urgent care medicine. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire and contribute to research, education, clinical and practice management leadership, and innovation in new and emerging healthcare delivery models.

With your help, the Urgent Care Foundation can continue to provide the most up-to-date clinical research, educational development and humanitarian efforts directly related to urgent care medicine. For additional information or questions regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact Kim Youngblood at kyoungblood@ucaoa.org.

The Urgent Care Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts, including Foundation Celebration sponsorship are tax deductible to the extent allowable.


Concussion Symposium:  Treatment and Diagnosis of Head Injuries

There are 1.7 million recorded cases of concussion in the U.S. each year and the urgent care setting many times serves as a first point of entry for patient care. Successful diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with head injuries require efficient testing, standardized protocols and effective training.

During the 2017 UCA Urgent Care Fall Conference, the Foundation convened the first Scientific Symposium of industry leaders to address clinical, research and community health issues on head injuries in the urgent care setting. This Symposium was the first in a series on head injuries.

2019 Foundation Celebration

The Foundation Celebration is an annual event recognizing industry leaders who have served as trailblazers, humanitarians and influencers in the urgent care industry. This special event will be held during the UCA Urgent Care Convention & Expo in West Palm Beach, FL April 7-10, 2019. The Celebration serves as the principle fundraising event for the Foundation with the goal of raising funds for research, strategic and community initiatives. This event also includes the Awards celebration in which we recognize leaders in respective categories in the field of urgent care. To read more about the awards and nominate an individual, click here.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses.  If you have additional questions, please contact Kim Youngblood at kyoungblood@ucaoa.org.


Thought Leaders’ Summit

During each UCA Urgent Care Convention & Expo, industry leaders from the top 20 urgent care organizations met to discuss long-term strategies, industry sustainability, and future opportunities. Important goals discussed during the events included:

  • Identifying urgent care consumer needs throughout the next decade to ensure our value proposition as the market for on-demand services.
  • Provide guidance and thought leadership on how UCA can best support the industry to ensure ongoing success.
  • Identify unmet needs or barriers to industry success.

UCA continually evaluates its opportunities to support the industry and ensure urgent care is an essential component of healthcare delivery and population health.


Antibiotic Stewardship and Resistance Research Initiative

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health threat, as bacteria continue to become resistant to our most powerful antibiotics. Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use in all settings is crucial to preserving the utility of these life-saving drugs. With more than 160 million patient visits per year, urgent care centers are estimated to be responsible for 10 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in outpatient settings. While a subset of these patients may need antibiotics, many illnesses are likely viral and do not.

In conjunction with partner agencies, the Foundation is conducting research to examine how urgent care clinicians can maintain patient satisfaction, and at the same time, decrease unnecessary antibiotic use. This initiative presents an enormous opportunity to promote antibiotic stewardship and reduce unnecessary prescriptions.

Early Diabetes Detection Research Study

Undiagnosed diabetes affects more than 9 million Americans, a number that likely significantly under- represents the true prevalence. With 32 million newly insured U.S. citizens projected to enter the healthcare system by 2019, research indicates that more than half of all uninsured citizens do not have a regular source of primary care. The significance in terms of health and fiscal impact, supports the critical need to develop early diabetes detection strategies to reduce the long-term burden of the disease.

In conjunction with partnership organizations, the Foundation is launching a new nationwide research study to examine the feasibility and usability of early detection protocol in urgent care practice settings. Results will be published with sponsor recognition.


The UCA Benchmarking Survey is one of the most quoted reports when it comes to the industry.  It is frequently quoted in media releases, in Health & Public Policy/ Advocacy statements and activities, in payer communications and by members seeking to enhance their business operations, service and innovation to better serve their communities. It allows year over year trending in the areas such as Center Profiles, Patient Volume, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Clinical Services and Integration. It is available to be purchased through UCA and reaches audiences far beyond UCA’s membership. Sponsorship would apply toward the actual costs associated with staff support, committee calls, data entry and the software and support provided by Dynamic Benchmarking. 
Benchmarking Survey Sponsorship Opportunities include: 
The UCA Benchmark Study Presenting Sponsor (Only 1 issued)
  • Exclusive Headline/ Front & Back Page Placement on the Benchmarking Survey (print and when accessing online) as well all promotional materials and advertising, including UCA’s website, any JUCM placement ads and social media
  • Recognition for contributions to data/ program credibility (if applicable)
  • Recognition at UCA’s Booth and in the President’s address at the Spring Convention as the Presenting Sponsor of the UCA Benchmarking Report
  • The opportunity to add up to 5 questions to the Benchmarking study which might benefit the Platinum Sponsor’s business and strategic initiatives (subject to Committee approval for survey integrity)
  • Notification to all members that __ % of the Benchmarking Survey was underwritten by the Sponsor in order to offer it to UCA Members at a discounted price.

Premier Sponsor (up to 3)

  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor on the front page and recognition on UCA’s Benchmarking promotional materials and website
  • Recognition of contributions to data/ program credibility (if applicable)
  • The opportunity to add up to 3 questions on the Benchmarking Survey that might benefit the Gold Sponsor’s business and strategic initiatives (subject to Committee approval for survey integrity) 

Supporting Sponsor (up to 5)

  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor on the front page of the Benchmarking Survey and on UCA’s Benchmarking promotional materials and website
  • Recognition for contributions to data/ program credibility (if applicable)
  • The opportunity add a question on the Survey that might benefit the Silver Sponsor’s business and strategic initiatives  (subject to Committee approval for survey integrity)


Urgent Care Centers: Playing a More Coordinated Role in Major Disasters 

Jeffrey P. Collins, MD, MA
During the recent Boston Marathon bombings, Boston emergency departments worked in a coordinated and highly planned (and practiced) manner to treat all those who were transported to and presented at their doors. Local urgent care centers also treated many patients but with none of the planning, integration, and coordination of the aforementioned hospital-based emergency departments.

There are approximately 4,300 emergency departments in the United States but over 5,000 (to upwards of over 9,000 depending on how one defines them) urgent care sites in the U.S., yet despite their prevalence and community/geographic footprint little has been done to coordinate the care provided at these urgent care sites in times of major disasters. This is a lost opportunity for not only the federal government, but its many agencies including FEMA, the CDC, and the DHHS.

Potential topics for research, program development and collaboration might include:

  1. Analyzing the role urgent care centers can play in disasters or mass casualty events
  2. Creating a coordinated communication system for urgent care centers to learn of and transmit information about disaster management
  3. Develop tools for urgent care centers to work with local town, city and state agencies around disaster preparedness
  4. Define where urgent care centers might sit in the National Response Framework and NIMS/National Incident Management System
  5. Define where urgent care centers might sit in relation to local or regional ICS/Incident Command Systems and/or HICS/Hospital Incident Command Systems
  6. Examine current standards of care in urgent care settings around infection surveillance and control, quarantine and isolation practices and capabilities
  7. Study the role urgent care centers might play in vaccinations and vaccine prophylaxis programs
  8. Study the role urgent care centers and urgent care practitioners can play in field triage and treatment
  9. Study the role urgent care centers can play in HAZMAT events
  10. Understand potential urgent care roles with the National Strategic Stockpile contents and usage
  11. Understand potential urgent care roles in bioterrorism events, care of injured subjects, detection of intentional disease and the preservation of evidence
  12. Study and plan the integration of disaster medicine core curriculum competencies into urgent care fellowship training programs
  13. Potential role of urgent care centers in diagnosing and referring patients with mental health issues including post-traumatic stress syndrome, major depression, etc.
  14. Others


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Surveillance for illness and injury after hurricane Katrina – New Orleans, Louisiana, September 8-25, 2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2005;54:1018-21. [Correction MMWR 2005;54:1057.]
  • Freedy JR et al. Conceptual framework for evaluating disaster impact: implication for clinical intervention. In: Austin LS. Responding to Disaster: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals. First Ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1992:3-23.
  • Van den Berg B et al. Medically unexplained physical symptoms in the aftermath of disasters. Epidemiol Rev 2005;27:92-106.




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