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COCA Training and Conferences

Visit the COCA Training and Conferences webpage to find information on 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.

Upcoming COCA Calls

Tackling an Invasive, Emerging Multi-drug Resistant Yeast: Candida auris—What Health Care Providers Need to Know

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Time: 2:00–3:00 P.M. ET

During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the updated identification, treatment, and infection control recommendations for Candida auris. C. auris, an emerging fungus that can cause invasive infections, is associated with high mortality and is often resistant to multiple antifungal drugs. C. auris was first described in 2009, after being isolated from external ear canal discharge of a patient in Japan. Since then, reports of C. auris infections, including bloodstream infections, have been noted from over a dozen countries—and it has now been found in the United States. As of July 14, 2017, 98 cases have been reported to CDC.

Recent COCA Calls

Zika Virus: Updates to Clinical Guidance and Recommendations for Pregnant Women and Infants

During this COCA Call, clinicians discussed the recent updates to CDC’s interim guidance for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus, the latest findings on pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. territories, and the new information on pediatric ophthalmologic findings to assist in caring for patients based on currently available data.

Archived COCA conference calls are available at emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/index.asp. Free continuing education (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) is available for most calls. For more information about free CE, visit emergency.cdc.gov/coca/continuingeducation.asp.

Special Training Opportunities

CDC’s MMWR is proud to present a FREE continuing education activity on opioid prescribing in partnership with Medscape.

Continuing Medical Education (CME), American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (ABIM MOC), and Continuing Education (CE) credits are all available for this activity: CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016.  

This activity is intended for primary care clinicians, nurses, and other clinicians prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

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.

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. Be sure to check out the activities happening this month!

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: http://www.medscape.org/viewcollection/34044?src=acdmpart_cdc_34044.

You must be a registered Medscape member to access these CME/CE activities. Registration is free. The first activity, “Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings,” is available now. A new activity will be added each month.

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 recommendations for future research and practice.

“New Frontiers in Workplace Health”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. ET

Registration is not required. Watch live and archived broadcasts.

August COCA Partner Spotlight

COCA is pleased to feature the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in our August “COCA Partner Spotlight.” NASN is dedicated to optimizing student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. Members of NASN are leaders who bridge health care and education. They provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow people and communities to develop to their full potential. Partnerships with professional organizations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities. COCA values our longstanding relationship with NASN, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership as we continue to work towards improving our nation’s health.


CDC Learning Connection: Connect. Learn. Improve Health.

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This August, the CDC Learning Connection features three timely learning opportunities that all offer free CE and a Hot Training Topic on opioids.

  • According to newly released data, enough opioids were prescribed in 2015 for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks. Find the latest opioid-related learning opportunities from CDC and other organizations via the Hot Training Topic.
  • In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, complete “WIC Breastfeeding Basics,” an online course for public health professionals from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
  • Many schools are back in session this month. Explore “Training Tools for Healthy Schools,” a four-module series for school staff, public health professionals, and parents to learn ways of creating a healthy school environment that promotes academic success.
  • Lastly, in observance of Fungal Disease Awareness Week (August 14-18), complete “Valley Fever: Timely Diagnosis, Early Assessment, and Proper Management” to hear from experts on this fungal infection.

Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on similar public health learning opportunities from CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies.

Clinician Corner featuring Kimberly A. Stump-Sutliff, MSN, RN, AOCNS

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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 Kimberly A. Stump-Sutliff, MSN, RN, AOCNS. Kim is part of the COCA team and has been working primarily on COCA’s partner outreach activities for the Zika Response. Most recently, her chief role has been organizing a CDC-sponsored conference—the 2017 Zika Stakeholders Meeting—for representatives from COCA’s clinical partner organizations. At the conference, later this month, COCA will host 21 partners at CDC’s Roybal Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Participants will get updates on the emergency response to Zika, learn about CDC’s role in the response, and understand the importance of their individual and organizational efforts in their home communities and patient populations.

Kim also serves as one of the primary reviewers for patient and clinician communication materials for the COCA team. Her clinical background has been useful in the development of new, Zika-focused educational materials for clinicians. She provides clinical guidance for various communication products. Kim also responds to and triages clinical-related inquiries from both the public and health care providers. She specializes in oncology and has an interest in patient education and advocacy.

Kim’s work supports COCA’s philosophy that establishing and maintaining strong partnerships and collaborations with national clinician organizations across the United States is vital in order to rapidly disseminate information to clinicians, and thereby the general public, during a public health emergency.

Consider making your professional organization a COCA Partner today! And be sure to sign up for our email messages that will link you to CDC’s evidence-based health information and public health emergency messages to clinicians.

Take the COCA Quiz!

Clinicians, did you participate in our most recent COCA call? Test your knowledge!

During the most recent COCA Call, clinicians provided updates to CDC’s interim guidance for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus, discussed the latest findings on pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. territories, and provided receive new information on pediatric ophthalmologic findings to assist in caring for patients.

Clinicians, according to the updated guidance, which test should be used for symptomatic pregnant women?

A.    Zika virus NAT* (serum and urine)

B.    Zika virus IgM serology (serum)

C.    Both A and B

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