About POTA

POTA is the FIRST community-based professional training initiative aimed to build community’s capacity to improve access and quality of psychosocial cancer care in local communities. POTA offers interactive workshops designed for local mental health and primary care professionals serving patients in the Greater Birmingham area and nationwide.

POTA will offer interprofessional education (IPE), CME/CE, an open access resource platform, strategies to target primary care and mental health providers, and ongoing outcome evaluation to refine curriculum and strategies.

POTA Core Team

Meet the people behind POTA


Meet the Community Advisory Panel

POTA Faculty

Meet the POTA Faculty

Where and when will the workshop(s) take place?

The next workshop is scheduled for February 23-24, 2024 from 8am-5pm each day. It will be held at the Smooth Rock Conference Center, 1940 Stonegate Dr, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242.

What should I expect from the primary care track?

The one-hour POTA bite-size videos for the interprofessional healthcare track will be available on-line for you to complete at your own pace to earn 1 CME/CE credit hour. Although it is not required for interprofessional healthcare track attendees to participate in the mental health track live workshops, you are eligible to sign-up for the mental health track and earn up to an additional 16 CME/CE credit hours to enhance your clinical competency in psychosocial oncology.  

What should I expect from the mental health care track?

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you register and complete the interprofessional healthcare track one hour bite-size videos to build the fundamental knowledge of breast cancer care. You will earn 1 CME/CE credit hour for the bite-size videos before you attend the live workshops. The workshops will be offered over the course of a year in four-hour sessions. The combined workshops will offer a total of 16 CME/CE credit hours.

How do I access the POTA training?

Please click on the REGISTER button located in the top right-hand corner of the website to sign-up for POTA training. 

    What is the cost for POTA training?

    Currently, there is no fee for the POTA training.

    How do I access the POTA post-workshop conference calls?

    The POTA post-workshop conference calls will be held every other month starting in March on the 2nd Tuesday at 1pm. Information about how to access the conference calls will be sent to the email address on file. 

    What do I do if I have a complaint regarding this program?

    Please address any complaints regarding POTA training program to the Coordinator, Kim Hannon at POTA@uabmc.edu. If she is unable to resolve the complaint, or dispute, please contact POTA Primary Investigator Dr. Sylvia Huang, at chhuang@uabmc.edu, regarding your complaint.


    © 2021 The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Primary Contact

    Kim Hannon
    Program Coordinator

    Psychosocial Oncology Training Academy

    Contact Info


    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Community Health Service Building

    CH19 Ste. 219, 933 19th Street South
    Birmingham, AL 35205