COCA Learn: June 2, 2017

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COCA Training and Conferences

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

Recent Calls

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

    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.
  • 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.
    CDC 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.    April: 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.
  • 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. 
    Promoting Hearing Health Across the Lifespan
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1:00 P.M –2:00 P.M. EST
    Registration is not required. Watch live and archived broadcasts

CDC Learning Connection: Connect. Learn. Improve Health

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This month, CDC Learning Connection features three timely learning opportunities.

  • In observance of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, explore “A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.” This introductory curriculum outlines public health approaches to the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Resources can be adapted for a variety of educational settings.
  • In “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations from CDC,” learn about CDC’s recently published recommendations for prescribing opioids through interactive patient scenarios.
  • Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day (June 4) by completing “The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers.” This 10-module series provides information on caring for survivors of adult-onset cancers.
  • Finally, locate opioid-related learning opportunities via the Hot Training Topic to ensure that you have the latest information on ways to address the public health crisis of opioid abuse and misuse.

Visit the CDC Learning Connection webpage to participate in these trainings.

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June COCA Partner Spotlight

COCA is pleased to feature the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in our June “COCA Partner Spotlight.” ASTMH is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. Founded in 1903, ASTMH generates and shares scientific evidence, informs health policies and practices, fosters career development, and advocates for investing in tropical medicine/global health research. Partnerships with professional organizations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with scientists, clinicians, and other professionals about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities. COCA values our longstanding relationship with ASTMH, 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. Christina Nelson

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. Christina Nelson. Dr. Nelson is a Medical Epidemiologist who works in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She conducts epidemiologic research on various bacterial vector-borne diseases, assists with case follow-up and surveillance activities, and responds to inquiries from both the public and health care providers. Her work also involves educating clinicians on how to prevent complications associated with tickborne diseases. During the “Little Bite, Big Disease: Recognizing and Managing Tickborne IllnessCOCA Call, Dr. Nelson and her colleagues discussed the treatment, management, and prevention of tickborne diseases in the United States, with emphasis on Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other newly emerging tickborne diseases.

Last year, Dr. Nelson deployed to Colombia to work on the Zika Response, where her main objective was to collaborate with the Colombian National Institute of Health (Instituto Nacional de Salud) and offer support for investigating Zika, particularly in pregnant women.

Currently, Dr. Nelson is working on bioterrorism preparedness for plague and tularemia.

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

You can also read more about Dr. Nelson’s deployment and her work to fight Zika here.

Take the COCA Quiz!

Clinicians, are you up to date on the latest tick discoveries?

Lyme disease, along with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis, is one of the five leading tickborne diseases in the United States. Lyme Disease is caused by both a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) and a recently discovered agent known as

A.   Inxodes icinus

B.   Colpocephalum californici

C.   Borrelia mayonii

D.   Amblyomma americanum

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