CDC COCA Learn: February 2, 2018

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Upcoming COCA Calls


Update on the 2017-2018 Influenza Season for Clinicians

  • Influenza-related hospitalization rates so far in the 2017-2018 season are exceeding milestones set during the 2014-2015 season—a high severity, H3N2-predominant season. During this COCA call, CDC flu experts will address clinical issues for influenza patients, including those with severe disease, and provide the latest updates on the 2017-2018 influenza season.

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time: 2:00-3:00 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Don’t Overlook Assessing Environmental Exposures—During a Disaster and Every Day

  • Environmental hazards are often not considered during patient intake. Taking a full exposure history of patients during intake can ensure an accurate diagnosis, both during a disaster situation, or in an everyday consult. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn how to utilize the expertise and support from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs).

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 2:00-3:00 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

    Emergency Preparedness and Response

    • This page features scheduled and on-demand to access information on emergency preparedness and response training resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

    Radiation Emergencies: Information for Clinicians

    • Emergency services physicians and nurses will be among the first clinicians to see and treat victims of radiation emergencies. Clinicians of all specialties will be responsible for providing care and information to those involved. Visit this webpage to access information on patient management, guidelines and recommendations, and trainings provided by CDC for radiation emergencies.  

      Conference and Training Opportunities

      The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage has been updated to include conferences from February 2018–October 2018. Visit the webpage to learn about conferences sponsored by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.


      February COCA Partner Spotlight

      COCA is pleased to feature the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in our February COCA Partner Spotlight.

      AAFP’s mission is to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity. The vision of AAFP is to transform healthcare to achieve optimal health for everyone. 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 AAFP from their website and follow them on Facebook.

      Training Opportunities

      Register to Attend the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at CDC

      • The ACIP holds three meetings each year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta to review scientific data and vote on vaccine recommendations. Meetings are open to the public and available online via live webcast. Register to attend this meeting by visiting this page.

      Syndromic Surveillance Community of Practice Portal

      • The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) Community of Practice is a CDC-funded effort to facilitate collaboration across the public health enterprise, thereby improving the nation's situational awareness and responsiveness to hazardous events and disease outbreaks. It promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. Visit the practice portal to learn more.  

       State and Local Maternal Review Committees Preventing Maternal Death

      Case Studies in Environmental Medicine

      • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) offers Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM). These case studies are self-instructional, continuing-education primers designed to increase primary care providers’ knowledge of hazardous substances and aid in the evaluation of patients potentially exposed to hazardous substances. Each CSEM comes with additional companion products such as Grand Rounds in Environmental Medicine and Patient Education/Care Instruction Sheets.

      Reducing the Risks of Opioids

      • Earn FREE continuing education credit with this new training, which helps providers recognize and reduce the risks of prescription opioids to their patients. This new, interactive, online training includes scenarios and tips that explain the range of clinical tools that can help in risk assessment and clinical decision-making.

      Recommendations on HPV Vaccination 

      • Clinicians, parents trust your opinion more than anyone else’s when it comes to immunizations. The #HowIRecommend video series allows you to see how other clinicians are raising their vaccination rates and addressing HPV vaccination questions in their practices.

      Public Health Webinar Series on Blood Disorders: My Life, Our Future: Advancing Hemophilia Care Through Genomics

      • CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is hosting a webinar. This webinar is free and open to public health professionals, clinicians, and researchers who desire more information about hemophilia. Advance registration is required and the number of attendees is limited.

      Vital Signs: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing and Diagnosis Delays — United States

      • Earn FREE continuing education credit with this new training launched by CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Medscape that describes diagnosis delays among persons infected with HIV. This activity is intended for clinicians caring for patients with or at risk for HIV infection. 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 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.The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss recommendations for future research and practice. Visit Grand Rounds On-Demand to browse previous presentations
      • Upcoming Session: Million Hearts 2022: A Compelling Call to Action

      Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

      Time: 1:00-2:00 P.M. (Eastern Time)

      CDC Learning Connection

      CDC Learning Connection: Opioid, Project Planning, and Thrombosis Trainings

      • Hot Training Topic: Access the latest opioid-related trainings from CDC and other organizations on TRAIN.
      • How do you structure projects for success? Learn the key steps, roles, and resources to successfully plan your next public health project in the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice’s “Project Planning” course.
      • Learn how to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events through decision-making and role-playing exercises in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ “Pathways to Safer Opioid Use” training. Free CME and CPE are available.
      • In honor of American Heart Month, learn how to assess and treat patients with blood clots and clotting disorders in the National Blood Clot Alliance’s “Stop the Clot®” course. Earn free CE.

      • 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.

      Clinician's Corner Featuring Janet Wright, MD, FAAC

      Janet Wright

      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. Janet Wright.

      Dr. Wright is a board-certified cardiologist with over 20 years experience in interventional and clinical practice. As a former Senior Vice President for Science and Quality at the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Wright oversaw the development of guidelines, performance measures, and appropriate use criteria, to include the National Cardiovascular Data Registry. Dr. Wright has served as Executive Director of Million Hearts® since its launch in 2011. This national public-private initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now in its second five-year phase called Million Hearts 2022.    

      During a 2016 COCA Call, Dr. Wright discussed the components of Million Hearts® and the strategies to help find and address the needs of those at greatest risk for cardiovascular disease. Be sure to listen to the COCA Call, “High Burden, Great Opportunity: Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes,” and get free Continuing Education (CE) credits before they expire.

      COCA Tip

      Clinicians, the United States is experiencing widespread and intense flu activity. CDC recommends that if you suspect flu in a severely ill or high-risk patient, don't wait for the results of a flu test before beginning antiviral treatment. Antiviral drugs work better the earlier you begin treatment; prompt action is key.