COCA Learn: November 3, 2017

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Conference and Training Opportunities

The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage has been updated to include conferences from November 2017–April 2018. 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.

Upcoming COCA Calls

What's New for the 2017-2018 Flu Season: Recommendations for Children

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time: 2:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M. ET

Influenza remains a serious threat to child morbidity and mortality. More than 100 flu-associated deaths in children during the 2016–2017 influenza season were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clinicians play a critical role in taking action to immunize children, children’s family members, caregivers, and themselves. The early use of antiviral drugs in children can reduce the duration of symptoms, and prevent serious complications of influenza. However, immunization remains the most effective way to prevent influenza illness and its complications.

During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will highlight critical information about this year’s flu season, and discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children.

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

Recent COCA Calls

The Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

During this COCA Call, the presenter discussed how spillover and disease emergence occurs, and used Nipah virus and Ebola virus as case studies. Participants gained knowledge of effective interventions that reduce the risk of spillover of both known and unknown pathogens from wildlife. The efforts that are currently underway to enhance the global community’s capacity to detect and respond to the emergence of novel zoonoses were also discussed.

Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters

During this COCA Call, clinicians discussed how to find common adjustment difficulties in children, practical strategies to promote effective coping skills in children and their parents, and the importance of professional self-care and strategies to address this need.

The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza

During this COCA Call, presenters shared easy-to-use education materials available to support HCPs in discussing flu prevention with older adult patients.

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

Special Training Opportunities

Zika Zone

Where patients live and travel to can affect their chances of exposure to Zika. These two new COCA trainings can help clinicians learn more about the Zika virus, why patients might be at risk of contracting it, and how patients can protect themselves against it.

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SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program Workshop

Register for the January 2324, 2018 SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program Workshop. The venue is the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, CA. There is no cost to participants for the workshop, but advance registration is required.

World-renowned experts in healthcare epidemiology, infectious diseases, incident management, and outbreak response will gather to prepare attendees to be at their best during times of crisis - whether it's a local outbreak or the next pandemic.

This workshop will include lectures, case studies, and working sessions to teach healthcare epidemiologists how to effectively lead during public health emergencies and facility-level outbreaks. Attendees will learn how to implement appropriate infection control policies and develop the skills needed for emergency response and incident management.


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 recommendations for future research and practice.

Be sure to check out November's Grand Rounds session where the topic will be:

“Meeting the Challenges of Measuring and Preventing Maternal Mortality in the United States"

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 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: November Learning Opportunities

This November, the CDC Learning Connection features several engaging opportunities:

  • Rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States are at an all-time high. Learn how to diagnose, treat, and help prevent STDs in the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center’s seven-module “National STD Curriculum.” Free CE is available.
  • The Region 2 Public Health Training Center, part of the Public Health Learning Network and located at Columbia University, presents “From Concepts to Practice: Health Equity, Health Inequities, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.” Learn strategies public health professionals can use to address health disparities and social determinants of health, and earn a free CE.
  • Flu season is here! Take CDC’s “You Call the Shots: Influenza Immunization” course to learn what’s new for the 2017-2018 flu season. Earn free CE while getting the latest practice-oriented immunization guidelines. 
  • Finally, access the latest opioid-related trainings from CDC and other organizations via the Hot Training Topic.

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

November COCA Partner Spotlight

COCA is pleased to feature the American Lung Association (ALA) in our November “COCA Partner Spotlight.ALA is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. 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 ALA, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership as we continue to work towards improving our nation’s health.

Learn more about ALA from their website and follow them on Facebook.

Clinician's Corner featuring Angela Campbell, MD, MPH

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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 Angela Campbell, MDMPH medical officer in the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the Influenza Division in CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Campbell completed her medical degree at Vanderbilt University. She trained in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases, and completed an MPH at the University of Washington.

Dr. Campbell first worked at CDC as an EIS officer, followed by several years in academic medicine in Seattle, before rejoining CDC in 2013. Dr. Campbell’s current projects focus on studies of influenza antiviral treatment and antiviral effectiveness, vaccine effectiveness, pandemic preparedness, and development of CDC clinical guidance related to treatment and prevention of seasonal and novel influenza viruses. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, and has a Professional Staff appointment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Be sure to join Dr. Campbell and her colleagues for the next COCA Call on, Tuesday, November 7, as they discuss “What’s New for the 2017-2018 Flu Season: Recommendations for Children.”


Clinicians, if you are you helping at an emergency site after the hurricanes, you can get helpful information by visiting any of the following CDC websites:

HHS's Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) has been activated in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is a free service that helps residents get medicine, medical supplies, medical equipment and vaccines that were lost, stolen, or damaged due to the disaster. To enroll, call 855-793-7470 or visit: