COCA Learn: May 5, 2017

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May 5, 2017

COCA Training and Conferences

The COCA Training and Conferences webpage has been updated to include conferences from May 2017–October 2017. Visit the webpage to learn about conferences sponsored by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

Recent Calls

Zika Update: Findings from the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and Clinical Guidance
During this COCA Call, clinicians discussed the latest findings from the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and updated CDC clinical guidance to assist in caring for these patients based on currently available data.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

COCA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage contains information on scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response training resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

Special Training Opportunities

  • CME from CDC: What You Need to Know About Infection Control
    Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. It’s critical that all healthcare workers understand proper infection control procedures and use them every day.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medscape are launching a series of six CME/CE activities addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities  
    The series includes:
    1.    Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings (Available Now)
    2.    May: Environmental Services and Infection Prevention
    3.    June: Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment
    4.    July: Infection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
    5.    August: Infection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach
    6.    September: Injection Safety: A System Approach
    These CME-/CE- certified activities are available at: You must be a registered Medscape member to access these CME/CE activities, and registration is free. The first activity, Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings is available now. A new activity will be added each month.
    CDC Train provides access to more than 1,000 courses developed by the CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners. Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.
  • Grand Rounds
    Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice. 
    Encore Presentation: Emerging Tickborne Diseases National ALS Registry: Impact, Challenges, and Future Directions
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Registration is not required. Watch live and archived broadcasts

CDC Learning Connection: Connect. Learn. Improve Health

CDC Learning Connection

This month, CDC Learning Connection features three learning opportunities that all offer free CE. In observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, learn about diagnosing, monitoring, and managing hepatitis C infection by completing Hepatitis C Online.” In honor of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 7–13), CDC Learning Connection also presents Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses.” Learn strategies to recognize, prevent, and manage workplace violence.

Lastly, take part in National Women’s Health Week (May 14–20) by viewing a recent CDC Public Health Grand Rounds presentation, Addressing the Unique Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Women.”

To stay up-to-date on the latest public health learning opportunities from CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies, sign up for the monthly newsletter.

May COCA Partner Spotlight

COCA is pleased to feature the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in our May “COCA Partner Spotlight.” APHL was founded over 60 years ago as a way to bring together laboratory professionals from public health, environmental, agricultural, and food safety laboratories. APHL works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally. The association collaborates with laboratory and public health partners to assure effective surveillance, detection, and response to health threats.

Partnerships with professional organizations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with laboratory professionals about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities. COCA values our longstanding relationship with APHL, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership as we continue to work towards improving our nation’s health.

Clinician Corner featuring Deborah Dowell, MD, MPH

Dr. Deborah Dowell

Welcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month, we will feature a CDC clinician or a clinician who has collaborated with COCA or presented on a COCA call.

This month, we’re featuring Dr. Deborah Dowell. Dr. Dowell is Senior Medical Advisor for the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She previously led CDC's Prescription Drug Overdose Team and served as Advisor to New York City's Health Commissioner.

Dr. Dowell is lead author for the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The guidelines provide recommendations for safer and more effective prescribing of opioids for chronic pain in patients 18 and older in outpatient settings outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. During the “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic PainCOCA Call, Dr. Dowell and her colleagues provided an overview of the CDC recommendations and discussed when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued.

Be sure to download and listen to Dr. Dowell present on the COCA Call, and get free Continuing Education. After listening to the call, test your knowledge, and take the COCA quiz below.

Take the COCA Quiz!

How much do you know about the Opioid Recommendations?

There are 12 recommendations. Each recommendation is followed by a rationale for the recommendation, with considerations for implementation noted. In accordance with the ACIP GRADE process, CDC based the recommendations on consideration of the clinical evidence, contextual evidence (including benefits and harms, values and preferences, resource allocation), and expert opinion. The recommendations are grouped into three areas for consideration.

Which of the following is not one of the three areas?

A. Determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain.

B. Opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation.

C. Assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use.

D. Evaluating clinical settings for opioid prescriptions. 

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