COCA Learn: September 1, 2017

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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.

Recent COCA Calls

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

During this COCA call, clinicians discussed 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.

Archived COCA Calls are also available. Free continuing education (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) is available for most calls.

Special Training Opportunities

Tuesday, September 5—AAP Webinar Series: Beyond the Basics: The Impact of Zika on Vision and Hearing

Babies born with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome (CZVS) can have other findings beyond microcephaly. During this webinar, participants will learn more about the vision and hearing findings seen in infants with CZVS, new research in this area, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for evaluation and treatment, and long term care strategies. A critical issue that will be highlighted includes recommended screening and follow-up for asymptomatic infants.

  • By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the vision and hearing findings seen in infants born with CZVS.
  • Understand the landscape of research on the Zika virus’ impact on vision and hearing.
  • Know what guidance for evaluation, treatment, and long term care a pediatrician can use when seeing a patient with possible or confirmed CZVS.

Registration is required.

Wednesday, September 6—The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza ­

Join the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Medical Director, William Schaffner, MD; Martha Gulati, MD, Editor-in-Chief of CardioSmart representing the American College of Cardiology; and Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences representing the American College of Physicians, for a panel discussion.

The discussion will focus on the critical role healthcare professionals play in protecting adults age 65 years and older against influenza, the annual burden of influenza on older adults, and safe and effective influenza vaccines specifically developed to protect the 65+ population. There is no fee to attend the webinar but pre-registration is required. Continuing education credit will not be available for this activity.

Thursday, September 14—Albert Einstein College of Medicine Symposium: Chagus Disease in the United States: Improving Patient Diagnosis and Treatment

The goal of this symposium is to increase healthcare provider awareness and knowledge of Chagas disease, including how to diagnose and manage patients with Chagas disease in the United States. This symposium is supported by a cooperative agreement with CDC.

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to—

  • Discuss the epidemiology of Chagas disease including the lifecycle of the parasite.
  • Trypanosoma cruzi, how infection is acquired, and the consequences of infection.
  • Understand the phases and clinical presentations of Chagas disease in patients.
  • Apply appropriate diagnostic criteria and understand which tests to use to diagnose Chagas disease.
  • Manage patients with Chagas disease including knowledge of treatment indications and options and other related issues.


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 the last in the 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

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. 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.

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 recommendations for future research and practice.

Be sure to check out September’s Grand Rounds session where the topic will be—

“Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. ET

Registration is not required. Watch live and archived broadcasts.

CDC Learning Connection: Connect. Learn. Improve Health.

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CDC Learning Connection: September Learning Opportunities

This September, take advantage of the courses featured on the CDC Learning Connection.

  • Opioid prescribing remains high across the country. The Hot Training Topic features “Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) Core Curriculum,” a 14-module course for primary care providers on best practices for opioid prescribing. Free CE is available.
  • September is National Preparedness Month! Learn more about “Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response” to address the needs of women of reproductive age during disasters, and earn free CE.
  • In observance of National Suicide Prevention Week (September 10-16), we present “A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention.” Learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate suicide prevention activities in this course from the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Free CE in health education is available.
  • Lastly, in honor of National Food Safety Education Month, take “Legal Aspects of Public Health Food Safety,” a training from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Network for Public Health Law.

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      September COCA Partner Spotlight

      COCA is pleased to feature the National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) in our September “COCA Partner Spotlight.” NENA serves the public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems. 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 NENA, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership as we continue to work towards improving our nation’s health.

      Clinician's Corner featuring Hussain Yusuf, MD, MPH, ECFMG


      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. Hussain Yusuf. Dr. Yusuf currently works as a health scientist in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance at CDC. He is the team leader for the Program Evaluation Team.

      Dr. Yusuf and his colleagues discussed natural disaster-related epidemiologic studies, which focused on mental health issues during a 2015 COCA Call. The implications of those findings on disaster preparedness and response activities informed clinicians on how they could help address mental health issues among those impacted by disasters.

      Be sure to listen to Dr. Yusuf and his colleague’s COCA Call, “Weathering the Storm—Understand the Impact of Hurricane Sandy” as we face the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Also, get free Continuing Education credits for this call before they expire September 17, 2017. 


      COCA Tip

      Clinicians, if you are you helping at an emergency site, you can get information to help you care for survivors by visiting any of the following CDC websites:

      • Safety Information for Health Care Professionals


      • Natural Disasters and Severe Weather


      • Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storms