COCA Learn: July 7, 2017

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COCA Training and Conferences

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

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 (Available Now)
    3.    June: Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment (Available Now)
    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. 
    Encore Presentation “E-cigarettes: An Emerging Public Health Challenge”
    Tuesday, July 18, 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 July, CDC Learning Connection features several exciting learning opportunities:

  • Summer travel season is here! Complete “Malaria 101 for the HealthCare Provider” to learn about the epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria. Free CE is available.
  • In the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice’s “Measuring Risk in Epidemiology” course, learn how to calculate and interpret key measures of association and risk.
  • If you’re a fan of game-like experiences, explore “Community HealthSim.” You’ll serve as a consultant to “Vetoville” in this simulation which demonstrates the connections between violence and community issues.
  • Finally, locate opioid-related learning opportunities from CDC and other organizations via the Hot Training Topic. This is where you’ll find the latest information to address the public health crisis of opioid abuse and misuse.

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

July COCA Partner Spotlight

COCA is pleased to feature the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) in our July “COCA Partner Spotlight.” NAPNAP is dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, and adolescents. Established in 1973, NAPNAP has over 8,500 members and strives to empower pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and their professional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education, and research.

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

Clinician Corner featuring Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH

Michele Hlavsa

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 are featuring Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH. Michele is Chief of CDC's Healthy Swimming Program in the Domestic Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Team in the National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases. She was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer prior to joining the Healthy Swimming Program and has worked on outbreak investigations of waterborne and foodborne diseases at CDC. Her areas of expertise include the transmission of pathogens that cause recreational water-associated illness and the development of appropriate prevention and control measures. 

Michele is also the lead author on the recently published Morbidity and Mortality Week Report, “Using Molecular Characterization to Support Investigation of Aquatic Facility-Associated Outbreaks of Cryptosporidiosis—Alabama, Arizona, and Ohio, 2016. The report highlights that the number of outbreaks linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds and caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium doubled from 16 in 2014 to 32 in 2016.

“To help protect your family and friends from Crypto and other diarrhea-causing germs, do not swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea,” Michele stated in the press release covering the MMWR article. “Protect yourself from getting sick by not swallowing the water in which you swim.”

Be sure to download and listen to Michele present on the COCA Call, “Healthy Swimming: Prevent and Treat Infections Caused by Brain-Eating Amoebas and Chlorine-Tolerant Parasites.” After listening to the call and reading the report, test your knowledge and take the COCA quiz below.

Take the COCA Quiz!

Clinicians, how much do you know about Cryptosporidiosis?

The key healthy swimming message for the public from the MMWR report is “To prevent contamination, don't swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea.” The key message from the report for health care providers is to “Instruct cryptosporidiosis patients not to go back into the water until they have been diarrhea-free” for how long?

A.    5 days

B.    1 week

C.    24 hours

D.    2 weeks

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