COCA Learn: December 1, 2017

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Conference and Training Opportunities

    The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage has been updated to include conferences from December 2017–May 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


          The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections

          Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

          Time: 2:00–3:00 P.M ET

          Over the last three decades, several tick species have increased in number and distribution worldwide. The reasons for these changes are multifactorial and include shifts in climate, habitat, wildlife hosts, and human land use patterns. The expansion in tick populations has directly led to an increased risk of infection for both people and animals with established tick-borne agents and newly identified pathogens, creating a true One Health crisis. During the call, clinicians will learn specific examples of changes in the distribution of ticks and tick-borne infections in North America and the recommended strategies to limit transmission and disease in the face of increasing risk.

          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

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

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

            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.

            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

            Upcoming Webinar on Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Nurses’ Roles in Antibiotic Stewardship

            Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

            Time: 12:00–1:00 P.M. ET

            • This webinar will use the American Nurses Association and CDC white paper as the framework to describe the problem of antibiotics resistance, embrace the nurses expanded role in hospital antibiotic stewardship program (ASPs), and describe key reasons for nurse leaders to be engaged with antimicrobial stewardship. The roles of faculty and students in antibiotic stewardship and the significance of adherence to clinical practice guidelines in the educational setting will also be discussed. Register for this free webinar to earn continuing education (CE) credits.

            CDC/SHEA Outbreak Response Training Program  

            • This program is designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to provide U.S. hospital epidemiologists with the tools and training necessary to provide effective leadership during outbreak preparedness, response, and recovery. From large-scale public health emergencies to facility-level outbreaks. Registration is now open for upcoming sessions.

            New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Training: Communicating with Patients 

            • CDC Injury launched the third in a series of interactive, online trainings for healthcare providers. These trainings feature the recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, providing sample scenarios, feedback, and resources. The newest module, Communicating with Patients, helps providers learn effective communication strategies that promote healthy dialogue with patients regarding pain management and the benefits and harms of opioids. This training and all future trainings offers free continuing education credit and can be found here.

            New Training on the Use of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

            • CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Medscape launched a new Continuing Education (CE) training with updated recommendations regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines. Through this training, clinicians will be able to describe available influenza vaccines for the 2017–18 season, describe new and updated recommendations, and describe contraindications and precautions. You can visit the MMWR / Medscape webpage to access this free CE activity. If you don’t have a Medscape account, you can register for free or login without a password and get unlimited access to all continuing education activities and other Medscape features.

            CDC TRAIN

            • 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. You can browse previous Grand Rounds presentations on this webpage.

            Public Health Grand Rounds: Year in Review 2017

            Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

            Time: 1:00–2:00 P.M. ET

            *Webcast only. Please note this is not a live event.


            CDC Learning Connection: Connect. Learn. Improve Health.

            CDC Learning Connection

            This December, the CDC Learning Connection features several timely learning opportunities:

            • Hot Training Topic: Access the latest opioid-related trainings from CDC and other organizations on TRAIN.
            • Complete CDC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response: Awareness” to learn about the important role environmental health professionals play in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Free CE is available. 
            • Learn ways to improve communication with your patients about the benefits and harms of opioids in CDC’s “Communicating with Patients” course, the third module from the Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids training series. Earn free CE. 
            • “Introduction of Field-Based Forensic Epidemiology” from the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health introduces the principles and concepts of forensic epidemiology. Learn the similarities and differences between law enforcement and public health investigations.

            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.

            December COCA Partner Spotlight

            COCA is pleased to feature the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in our December COCA Partner Spotlight.

            SOPHE’s mission is to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion, and to promote the health of society. SOPHE promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments. Partnerships with professional healthcare associations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.

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

            Clinician's Corner Featuring David J. Tauben, MD, FACP

            David Tauben

            Welcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month we feature a CDC clinician or a clinician who has collaborated with COCA. This month, we are featuring Dr. David Tauben.

            Dr. Tauben is Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. He has 40 years experience in chronic disease and pain management in primary care internal medicine clinical practice.  Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine, he is jointly appointed in the UW’s Department of Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.  Dr. Tauben is also the Director of Medical Student and Resident Education in Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Tauben served as a reviewer for the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids and Chronic Pain.

            Dr. Tauben’s recent projects include a weekly audio/video conferencing hosted by the University of Washington for primary care providers on pain management with a focus on alternatives to opioids and recognition and management of Opioid Use Disorder. UW TelePain is a free CME program that welcomes participation from clinicians across the U.S. He also established an additional 10 hours of medical student curriculum of CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in didactic, team-based, and inter-professional learning settings. His recent publications on opioids include the “Use of Self-management Interventions for Chronic Pain Management: A Comparison between Rural and Nonrural Residents” and “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids to Treat Pain in Injured Workers.” You can learn more about Dr. Tauben’s work from this interview.

            During a 2016 COCA Call, Dr. Tauben and colleagues discussed the CDC’s recommendations for opioid prescriptions, the appropriate method and timing for opioids to be initiated for chronic pain, the ways to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued. Be sure to listen to the COCA Call of Dr. Tauben and his colleagues, “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain,” and get free Continuing Education (CE) credits.

            COCA Tips

            • Clinicians, visit the CDC’s Natural Disaster and Severe Weather webpage to learn how you can help your patients avoid common asthma triggers before, during, and after a hurricane or tropical storm.
            • You can help parents educate their children on disaster preparedness and recovery with the “Being Safe After a Floodactivity book.
            • It is critical to include people with disabilities and their caregivers in emergency preparedness and response plans. Visit the CDC’s Disability and Health webpage to access tools and resources developed by states to educate and provide training not only to people with disabilities and their caregivers, but also to emergency planners, first responders, and other members of the community.